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Visiting Colombia: My Trip Recap

Monday, March 12, 2012
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Camping At Tayrona National Park
One of the restaurants and camp sites at Tayrona National Park

It's 10pm on a Monday night, my friends just left and I'm now sitting here alone at the Cranky Croc hostel in Bogotá, Colombia, reflecting on my last 2 weeks here in Colombia. The trip was great, it was full of adventure, close calls, beaches, and beer. Colombia is a beautiful country I'll surely visit again, and could have easily spent 1 to 2 months in. This post is going to be a quick recap of what we did, enjoyed, wish we could have done, and didn't really care for.

Ever Wonder How Venice Works?

Friday, February 24, 2012
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Venice, Italy is one of the most fascinating, beautiful, and complicated cities in the world. The city is in a permanent battle with mother nature, trying to prevent their land from being stolen back by that which makes it so remarkable, the water that surrounds it. This video is a bit dorky, but it gives a really good overview of how the city came to be and remains to be what it is today. It's well worth a watch.

A Budget Travelers Guide To Nice

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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The Buildings Along The Beach in Nice, France
The buildings and road along the beach in Nice

Many associate Nice with all the glitz and glamour of the red carpet and the neighbouring Cannes Film Festival. But for the majority of us not on a celebrity budget, Nice will glimmer just as brightly for those looking to book a low-cost holiday.

Casa de las Conchas: Salamanca, Spain

Saturday, February 18, 2012
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Casa de las Conchas
Casa de las Conchas and Bell Tower

The Casa de las Conchas should be on your list of things to check out in Salamanca, Spain. The Old City of Salamanca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and while the Shell Wall isn’t specifically, it’s centrally located and definitely worth a brief stop for at least a picture.

Travel Insurance For Dummies

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
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Travel Insurance For Dummies

"When should I buy travel insurance?" This questions plagues the mind of inexperienced travelers around the world. All the big travel search engines love to pound it into our heads scaring us into thinking if we don't buy it we could be making a mistake. Truth is, maybe you are, but this is a question that can't be answered directly.

Salty Meets Fresh: Playa Langosta and Estuary, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Thursday, February 9, 2012
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Soccer on the Beach
A family plays soccer on Playa Langosta

Playa Langosta is a strip of beaches and rocky coast just south of the resort town of Tamarindo in Costa Rica. The shore is lined with resorts and bed and breakfasts, but most are removed enough from the beach, behind dense foliage, that the beach retains an unmolested feel. Playa Langosta can get pretty crowded during the peak season, so arriving just before that, early December, will give you perfect weather and a little less crowded experience.

Advice For 1 Week Trip To SE Asia

Angkor Wat Carvings, Cambodia
Intricate carvings on the walls of a temple in Angkor Wat

Q. I am going to SE Asia for spring break, will be there a week. Going to Vietnam and Cambodia, but do you think that is enough time? In Cambodia I just want to go to Angkor Wat, how many days there do you recommend? And what do you think about Vietnam? South? North? Penny for your thoughts...

Awesome Yosemite Timelapse Video

Sunday, February 5, 2012
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Yosemite Timelapse Video
See the stars over Yosemite in this timelapse video

The National Park of Yosemite has been captivating visitors for years, it's mystique and beauty can't be properly portrayed by photos or videos. From the world famous half dome, to its amazing waterfalls, to the star filled skies, Yosemite is a must visit for any visitor to California. This is one of the best Yosemite videos I've ever seen, done in timelapse it gives you a pretty good overview of the park.

Bare your Neck to the Blade of a Communist Barber In Trinidad, Cuba

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
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Straight Razor Shave In Cuba
An American tourist receives a straight razor shave.

There is no better place to test how deep the political tensions run between the US and Cuba than sitting in a barber chair in Cuba with your neck under a straight razor. Luckily, the universal right to get a shave and a haircut trumps political tension and I was able to get a shave with minimal blood loss in Trinidad, Cuba.

The Milky Way Galaxy Over El Teide, Spain

Monday, January 30, 2012
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El Teide, Spain
The sky over El Teide, Spain by night

Found this cool timelapse video on Vimeo the other day. I had never heard of El Teide, but apparently its the tallest mountain in Spain, located on the largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife. The video is mostly of the sky but also has some nature shots and is worth watching. This is not the Spain you're used to seeing.

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