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Palomino, Colombia ¨The Boat¨ – Mural


Where: Palomino, Colombia; a little town next to the Sierra Nevada’s and the Caribbean Sea.

What: One boat on a beach, with gasoline, coal, and thinner! Woah you would not believe the smell! The boat was located directly on the beach next to the Sea in front of a juice stand.

Length of time: Two days, a total of 10 hours. The woman that commissioned me to do it also helped me paint. What a joy!

Accommodation: Free Juices! Zapote (a costal fruit of the Caribbean) with milk was my favorite!

What I learned: Painting in the sand can be dirty and full of bugs! I think so many sand fleas bit me because I was laying in the sand and I was in my bathing suit! I was bit for sure over 100 times on just one side of my legs.



This is the boat before I painted it



Here is the boat after!

Palomino, Colombia – 8 Murals


Where /Palomino, Colombia, a little town next to the Sierra Nevada’s and the Caribbean Sea. The hostel was just a month old when I arrived. The hostel was The Dreamer Hostel on the Beach.

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They Dreamer had a restaurant, swimming pool, and bar. It was a relaxing couple of weeks. The downtown had about 300 people and there was a disco tech that was open every Saturday night. There was only a handful of hostels there and the town is definitely not a tourist place. This made for a nice escape from the tourist circuit and relaxation.

What: 8 Murals in the private door rooms, and one additional mural for advertisement for the hostel on the road. The murals were all themed murals of countries so the concept of eac h piece was predetermined. The different countries were Malaysia, Peru, Korea, South Africa, Panama, Costa Rica, Tanzania, Marruecos and New Zealand. I also painted the letters outside each private room as well.

Length of time: Three weeks painting about 5 hours a day.

Accomidation: I spent the three weeks in a 10 person dormitory room. It was quite the experiance as every day you had new péople to wake up to. I learned one of the most valuable thing on my travels: always, always, always have a charged i-pod ready for sleep as many people snore, sleep talk in the dorms and it will change your life.

What I learned: 8 murals is a lot of work to paint in one location. However it was a challenge that I was glad to have taken on. What made it difficult was that there were people that were sleeping in the rooms and so getting into the physical space was quite a challenge. Sometimes I had to tell the guests to wait and come back later so that I could finish painting. It became frustrating, especially when you have a flow going while painting and then guests stop the flow because they are paying for the room. Overall this experaince was super rewarding and waking up to the sound of the sea was stunning. I loved my time in Palomino and got to do some more commercial type work here. Definitely learned how to pick up the pace painting while maintaining quality work.


Tanzania Private Dormitory


Costa Rica Private Dormitory

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New Zealand Private Dormitory


Maurecos Private Dormitory


Korea Private Dormitory

Malaysia Private Dormitory


South Africa Private Dormitory

Palomino Comes to a Close


ImageThe first day that I got to Palomino I saw a man, or I should say boy, that was holding a dead alligator that he picked up from the river. This boy was posing for the camera and quite a site to see. He was proud of the alligator and claimed that it was dead when he found it. I think otherwise.Image

I was able to explore the Sierra Nevada’s a little bit as well. I went to Valencia which was a beautiful hike with waterfalls everywhere. We swam in them, super cold and clear and tons of fish swimming all around you! They would swim close but never touch you. The water smelled clean and of fish, so pure and beautiful. I went with a local friend I made that took me on his moto taxi.

Fortunately, but unfortunate for me, the Sierra Nevada are very protected by Colombia in order to preserve the indigenous tribes villages. So if you want to enter the Forest you have to go with a guide that can be quite expensive and take a long time to be able to process.


There is also a famous ¨Lost City Trek¨ which is comparable to Machu Picchu in Peru, but in Colombia. It was a little over my price range and I wanted to do a long trek in Peru so I skipped it. But the Sierras are considered to be sacred for the indigenous so they are keeping the large Nevada’s away from tourists and people not from the area, which I think is amazing. I did get to have some coca with the indigenous and was able to speak to some of them as most have their own language.


Throughout my travels it has always beyond amazed me at how willing the people of Colombia are to share. Even if the people here do not have enough for themselves, they will always always share with you. Something else I am learning about the culture: If someone asks you if you want to share something with them or they want to give something to you (food, jewelry, anything) take it! It is considered rude to turn away people. They ask you if you want something, because they want to give it to you. I love it! I remember being on the back of a truck in the blazing sun in Venezuela and there was a group of us needing water. The only person to have water let each of us have a sip instead of having it all to himself. I love this concept and feel like I do not even do that with my close friends in the States. Its growing on me!

Palomino, Pueblo Sobre la Playa


Palomino was one of my most favorite places to be and I feel so fortunate to have stayed as long as I did. It has not been struck my tourists yet and is a must see if you want something tranquilo (relaxed)!

Living for three weeks in Palomino was one of the best experiences I have had so far travelling. Despite the hundreds of bug bites and sand flea bites (he-hen) I had a great time working for the Dreamer on the Beach Hostel.


I love to get to know a place really well and feel like you have a home and family to come back to. I know that this will definitely be a place that I will be coming back to in my life.

The city itself is 3,000 people in the town (30 percent being children) and is located on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada’s. You could see them from this hostel they are the worlds highest coastal peak reaching about 5,775 meters above sea level. It is about 70 km to Santa Marta, a large city and just in the Northern region of the Caribbean coast. They even have a disco tech that is open just once a week on Saturdays.


I was able to get to know many locals and build some really great relationships there. I even painted a boat in front of one of the local businesses on the beach.

The energy here is very laid back. I am staying and eating for free at the Dreamer Hostel which is a Little touristy but nothing too bad. I have met some wonderful people and as always, practicing my spanish!

This week I am hitting 8 weeks and feeling like I have only been here for a month. Time flies when you travel so right now I am just trying to enjoy every moment. I am also working on making some jewelry as well.

To get to Palomino from Sant Marta, take a bus from the bus terminal for about $10,000 COP ($5 USD). The bus will drop you off in the town of Palomino, who ironically does not even look like a town. Find the only gas station on look across the road at a telephone pol next to a blue and yellow mural. To down this paved road for 15 minutes. You will pass signs for The Finca Escondida, and the Dreamer hostel, just keep going straight. Trust me the road does lead to the beach. The walk is beautiful and about 15 minutes long. Or you can take a moto taxi which is $3,000 COP ($1.5 USD). I recommend the walk as it takes you though the whole town.

From there you will run into a beach. Get a juice at the juice stand, Zapote con leche is the best one, and only $3,000 COP ($1.5 USD). Check out the beautiful painted boat that says “San Sebastian” which I painted!

Places to stay are cheap. If you have a tent take a left after the boat and camp for free on the beach. There are nightly Bon fires around that spot as well. Or take a right at the boat and stay at Don Aires place for $25,000 COP ($13 USD) a night in a hammock on the beach or La Finca Escondida is $25,000 COP ($13 USD) a night for a hammock or tent. Also there is the new Dreamer hostel which is $29,000-110,000 COP ($15-55 USD) for a night with beds in a house.

Another highlight was that palomino is close to the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta mountain range so the indigenous tribes are everywhere. They so sell churro a liquor the indigenous make for $3,000 COP ($1.5 USD) in town. Insane cheap and strong!