South America isn’t exactly known for its vast plethora of vegetarian options, and Cartagena, Colombia is no exception. That being said, I’ve been a vegetarian for 20 years, and I managed to find plenty to eat during the eight days I spent in Cartagena (and various beaches nearby). As long as you like corn-based foods and melted cheese, you’ll be good to go. That’s essentially what two of the most popular foods in Cartagena are–both an arepa and an empaƱada are basically cornmeal dumplings filled…Continue Reading “Being a Vegetarian in Cartagena, Colombia”

Cartagena’s streets are lined with colorful houses, bustling with the constant sound of horse-drawn carriages clopping down the cobblestone and full of guys with push carts selling beers for the equivalent of 33 cents each. That’s probably not what you picture when you think of Colombia, though. Thanks to movies, television and the widely-known fact that Colombia is a major hub for cocaine, the country is regarded by most of the rest of the world as a highly dangerous country, and certainly not a safe…Continue Reading “I Went to Colombia and Didn’t Die, and You Can, Too!”

I have always been a huge proponent of taking chances. For one, it makes for way better stories. I’m not talking like Steve-O level stuff, but more like, taking a year off after high school and moving to Guatemala (check), singing karaoke at a bar in Costa Rica when you’re the only non-native Spanish speaker there (check), or staying out all night before your early morning flight and just sleeping on the plane (check times a billion). The latest chance I took is that I…Continue Reading “Why I Ditched My Own College Graduation”