Exploring the coffee zone, Colombia

Coffee zone, Colombia

I had a five day trip to the coffee zone in Colombia, which I had booked through an agency.  I arrived in Armenia, one of the three main towns in Colombia’s coffee region and was immediately enveloped in the famous Colombian hospitality.  My driver for the next few days was Luis Eduardo. Words cannot begin to […]

Bogota, Colombia

Bogota, Colombia

One of the things that Bogota is famous for is the Museo del Oro (the Gold Museum), which is one of the most famous museums in Bogota. A relatively small entrance fee gets you in the door, and I also splashed out on an audio guide, spending the grand total of about $5US for both. […]

Learning Spanish in Cartagena, Colombia


I had a couple of weeks in the beautiful city of Cartagena in Colombia with the intention of learning Spanish.  I have now been going to school for one week at Nueva Lengua , and I’m sorry to say that my Spanish skills are not making any progress from what I can tell. If I […]

The beautiful city of Cartagena, Colombia


Cartagena de Indias, to give it its full name, is a truly beautiful city. It was originally built as an old fortress and the old city is surrounded my stonewalls, all beautifully preserved. There are lots of different barrios (neighbourhoods) within the old town ranging from upmarket to more working class, like Getsamani.  This means that […]

The mud volcano near Cartagena

Cartagena, Colombia

There is the weirdest tourist attraction I’ve ever heard of or been to, about an hour out of Cartagena. It’s a mud volcano where you pay good money to slosh about in your swimsuit in a mud bath, while being massaged by Colombian men (who frankly, have a dream job; they should have been paying […]