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Back to Villa de Leyva

A couple of months ago, I took a whirlwind one-week trip through three regions in Colombia. While I fell in love with the country, there was one place that I felt needed to be the highlight of a return trip. And here I sit, in the Bogotá airport, having just spent about six days in [...]

Return Trip

On any trip, there always seems to be a place that I wish I’d had more time to explore. And that’s usually the first spot I want to go back to visit. On my recent Colombia trip, that place was Villa de Leyva. I arrived in the evening, a little more than an hour after [...]

Golden Girl

As long as I can remember, I’ve been a silver girl. While I adored gold jewelry, silver seemed to match my personality better and looked cool against my tanned skin. With my blonde hair, wearing gold always made me feel as obvious as the fiery sun—or even C-3PO. A brief attempt to wear both metals [...]

Confessions of a Cheater

When I fall in love with a country, I fall hard. There may be many I fall in like with after a short romance, and a trip will end with an uncomfortable parting and a promise on my part, “I’ll keep in touch, really. I’ll be back.” And I do mean it. But heart-stopping, daydreaming [...]

Monkey Island

The small bananas in the plastic bag looked a little like apple bananas. I couldn’t taste them, because they were for the monkeys. “Hold the banana tightly, or they’ll take it,” said the guide. “As they eat the banana, move your fingers so they don’t bite you. You won’t need to peel it—they’ll do that.” [...]