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CouchFestFilms 2011 – Awkwardly Awesome – 24 September

CouchFestFilms 2011 – Awkwardly Awesome – 24 September

Sarah and I have been selected to be official hosts for this year´s CouchFestFilms festival to be held 24 September 2011. We will be screening a selection of films for the festival in Pisco, Peru. This year, the festival is part of the Reykjavik International Film Festival and will also be screened in houses throughout the world… maybe even near you! House locations worldwide to be announced soon, check out www.couchfestfilms.com What is Couch Fest Films? Celebrating its … Read entire article »

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Colombia: Highs, Lows, and Everything in Between

Colombia: Highs, Lows, and Everything in Between

A week ago, we wrapped up spending the last two months in Colombia with the familiar passport stamp slamming sound just outside of Ipiales. A short walk across the river later, we were greeted with a faded sign reading Bienvenidos a Ecuador. As we sit here in Cuenca, with our Colombian experience still fresh in our heads, we thought we’d give our take on highlights, lowlights, recommendations, and some tips for your next big trip to … Read entire article »

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Photo of the Day #24 – Group Therapy

Photo of the Day #24 – Group Therapy

The 20th of July is a national holiday in Colombia which celebrates the Colombian Declaration of Independence. The picture above wasn’t taken on the 20th of July, but rather a few days before, shortly after I was awaken from an afternoon siesta. I don’t recall whether it was the military drums or the brass section, but my lazy nap wasn’t going to continue. From our amazing perch in the Parklife hostel we watched as a mixture … Read entire article »

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Photo of the Day #22 – 12 Easy Steps

Photo of the Day #22 – 12 Easy Steps

Step 1: Get on a bus and realise that someone’s in your seats. Try to explain the error while the other person shrugs and points to the seats across the aisle. Sit across the aisle for the sake of peace. Start the 5 hour bus ride on what could only be loosely described as a “road,” shaking every bone in your body. Step 2: Halfway through the bus ride, have the people (2 adults and two … Read entire article »

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Photo of the Day #21 – El Mercado

Photo of the Day #21 – El Mercado

Some people love markets. I’m not one of them. Truth be told, they weird me out; even back home in the US or AUS. They’re crowded, noisy, and, more often than not, have aggressive vendors who won’t let you so much as touch anything without being pounced upon. I’m not much of a haggler either – with little experience in the fine art over my years of shopping (and by shopping I mean occasionally going to … Read entire article »

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Photo of the Day #20 – Amusement

Photo of the Day #20 – Amusement

About an hour and a half north of Bogota lies the small town of Zipaquirá, a poplular day trip from the big city known primarily for its Salt Cathedral. While Sarah shopped in Bogota, I headed to the town to explore all things salt. What I found was a quaint little town, not unlike others I had visited in Colombia – large central plaza, large church, and plenty of little shops and restaurants. But what I … Read entire article »

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Photo of the Day #19 – Bogota Blues

Photo of the Day #19 – Bogota Blues

Before our trip, when I told people we were starting in Colombia, I was met with such heartening comments as ‘Be careful’, ‘Won’t you get kidnapped’ and ‘Why??’ Undaunted, we went. And imagine my surprise to find a country full of small colonial towns, breathtaking scenery and the friendliest people you could hope to meet. It seems that modern Colombians are keen to shake the drug baron image of the early 90s. … Read entire article »

Filed under: by sarah, Colombia, Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day #18 – Come for the explosions, stay for the moonshine

Photo of the Day #18 – Come for the explosions, stay for the moonshine

Playing with gunpowder, being force-fed aguadiente* and joining in singalongs with locals – this had to be my favourite night so far in Colombia. It was a Tuesday night in the sleepy, picturesque town. Having made friends with an international group of people in our cozy hostel, we all ventured out to try Tejo, a national pastime where one throws metal disc towards a clay frame (see below), complete with small … Read entire article »

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Photo of the Day #17 – Quit horsing around

Photo of the Day #17 – Quit horsing around

I have the vaguest memory of riding a horse as a young boy on a Navajo reservation in rural Arizona. Though cloudy, I remember sharing the saddle with a slightly older boy – one much more adept at riding. Fast forward a few decades, and I hadn’t so much as sat in a saddle since. So, it was with my extensive horseback riding experience that I slipped into a pair of well worn leather chaps and … Read entire article »

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Photo of the Day #16 – Moooo

Photo of the Day #16 – Moooo

About 45 minutes away from San Gil lies the small town of Barichara. Known for its well preserved Spanish colonial architecture and picturesque setting in the hills of Santander, the town makes a great day trip from San Gil. Leaving Barichara, an old stone trail (originally constructed before the founding of both Australia and the United States) links the town to the tiny village of Guane. The 10km hike is mostly down hill and offers beautiful … Read entire article »

Filed under: by christopher, Colombia, Photo of the Day