The Footloose American: Did you know Hunter S Thompson Travelled Colombia?

I won’t lie, as a budding journalist I long harboured a desire to write in a gonzo fashion such as was made so irreversibly famous by the late Hunter S Thompson. Holed up in my rented room in Washington Heights, my Dominican family and neighbours would wonder what it was that I actually did for Read more about The Footloose American: Did you know Hunter S Thompson Travelled Colombia?[…]

New Levels of Acceptance in Mompos: Meeting my Godson

Over the years of blogging and freelancing I have frequently made mention of the levels of acceptance that the inhabitants of the town of Mompos have shown to me. Some time ago I spoke of Sonia, the smiling lady who would come by to collect our garbage in the Casa Amarilla and always share a Read more about New Levels of Acceptance in Mompos: Meeting my Godson[…]

Visiting the Southern Colombian City of Popayan

After seven years of making promises to visit the southern city of Popayan, Alba and I finally managed it in late October. Cauca’s capital city was definitely worth the visit. Flying into Cali from Bogota we joked about spying on Mompós’ rivals when it comes to famous Semana Santa celebrations, but while this was all Read more about Visiting the Southern Colombian City of Popayan[…]

The Arrival of the Obnoxious Mochileras

Seated in the kiosko, deafened by the endless battle of two speakers blasting two different and equally grating strains of Vallenato music, I could see my manager Carmen gesticulating in exasperation to two recently arrived mochileras. From my vantage point some 60m from the front door of the Casa Amarilla I could see but remained Read more about The Arrival of the Obnoxious Mochileras[…]

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