La Serrana, Colombia – Mural

Where: Salento, Colombia. It is a small town in the coffee region of Colombia. It offers some wonderful coffee tours, hiking, horseback riding, and gorgeous scenery. This place was definitely a stop I would suggest for people that actually want a vacation. The energy of the mountains are gran and infectious. I painted this mural…

Traveling from San Agustin to Popayan

Happy April! Traveling day! San Augustin to Popayan, which is a little backtracking through one of the worst roads I’ve ever ridden on.           There were two options for crossing the ecuadorian border from San Augustin. Option 1: Stay south from where we were, however that included some minor potentially dangerous…

San Agustin – The tombs of the forgotten

Stolen by tomb raider the hundreds of tombs from the rolling hills of San Agustin, the stone figures of the region represent a culture long forgotten. There are about 10 different sites in the region to view these mysterious sculptures. Each figure representing something different than the rest. The tombs laid on display above ground…

Coffee Tour – Salchimama

The day has finally come, after 3 weeks in the coffee region of Colombia, I am off to a coffee tour! Truth is I was waiting for my friend from Washington State to come visit me so we could go together. Steven came with his friend Jorge and we got to go on this coffee…

Did you know? Fun facts about Colombia

Thinking about making a trip to Colombia? I traveled 4 months in Colombia alone and as a woman in my mid twenties I never ever felt unsafe but rather just the complete opposite. I never found myself alone and the people were the warmest people I have met in my life, so willing to open…

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.   They Dreamer had a restaurant, swimming pool, and bar. It was a relaxing couple of weeks. The downtown had about…

Salento Sunset, Valley de Corcoa, Colombia

My second time to Corcoa Valley where the wax palms and fog live. Sure enough, some yoga poses and a couple minutes later the clouds part and just a speck of the sunshine hits the valley. The most picture perfect lighting on the lime green hills. The sun behind the clouds made for the perfect…

Back to the Mountains, Salento

        Magical mountains, birds singing a symphony of songs, delicate raging rivers, potent flowers shining in the sun and shades of varadescent greens cover the rolling hills in this story book land. Salento, Colombia is one of the most beautiful places I have seen on my journey thus far. I forgot how beautiful…

Manizales, Colombia

Manizales, the tourist guide book says little about it. Including something along the line of leave your camera in your pocket as there are not many things to see in Manizales. So I had somewhat low expectations and decided to venture into Manizales before leaving for Salento. I was going to do a little exploring…

Viejando de Cartagena a Manizales

Backpacking: when a person travels with their belongings on their back through unknown places. I have not been doing much of this as I stay in one place 3-4 weeks. My backpack usually stays on the floor of my dormitory. When I chose to fly from Cartagena to Medellin and then bus to manizales I…

Cartagena, Colombia Mural

What a pleasure it’s been to spend three weeks painting in a house, not a hostel and alone! This piece is in the second story of an apartment home. It overlooks the sea, has great light and the wall was over 10 feet tall by 12 feet wide. This piece was on a flat surface…

International Festival de Peliculas Fiesta

It was 10 pm, the night was sticky and hot with a soft breeze that was swaying in and out. The outdoor movie was dancing in the wind as the screen moved around.”The bicycle thief” was the movie in Italian, translated into Spanish subtitles. The International Film Festival was in full swing as we drank…

No Hay Aqua y Seunos Verdad

For two days in Cartagena there is no water! It happens for two days every week. Could you imagine your life without water for two days? How much more would you appreciate water? In the restroom you have to manually flush them with buckets of water which made me think so much more about how…

Cartagena Ultimo

“A fairy-tale city of romance, legends and sheer beauty, Cartagena is the most beautiful city in Colombia, with cobbled alleys, enormous balconies shrouded in bougainvillea, and massive churches casting their shadows across leafy plazas. Founded in 1533, Cartagena swiftly blossomed into the main Spanish port on the Caribbean Coast and the gateway to the north…

Colombia Dia 76

I have been in Colombia 76 days and thought I would start counting the days. I spoke with my Dad last night and I agree with him in that when you experience new things and places to go your idea of time is quite different than what you think of in normal life. No routine,…

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…

Frutas Nuevos

Forgive me as I do not know the names, just had the experience. New fruit! Can you believe it? Most of it tasted like kiwi, however a crazy experience. I am cooking most food from the supermarket as most of Colombian food is greasy! I cannot bear to do that for a year! The fruit…

Guadape Hermosa

The town of Guadape was absolutely breath taking. It was the first time this trip where the landscape really blew me away. I am learning to take my time with whatever I am doing, and to just enjoy all the ups and downs. I love day trips! You get to experaince another world within a…

Medellin, Colombia

Yesterday I took a bus from Bogota to Medellin about a 9.5 hour bus ride. The bus was pretty comfortable despite the fact that I sat next to a guy that was sick and was too large for his own seat! Despite the odds I was able to fall asleep. I arrived in Medellin early…

Hola Hostel Vida

This week I have split from my couch surfing experience and gone on my way to the hostel scene. It is very different from the authentic and amazing family and community feel that I was so blessed to be able to do. I am grateful to the family and will cherish those first memories of…