Monthly Archive: July, 2011

Salento, Colombia

“Quiero ir a Alemania,” (“I want to go to Germany”) I announced.  Understandably, the ticket agent at the Bogotá bus terminal gave me a strange look.  Having no doubt dealt with many confused… Continue reading

Villa de Leyva, Colombia

Firecrackers exploded outside my hotel room window at 5am each morning.  Fifteen minutes later bells in the nearby church tower would ring so loudly that ripples formed on the water in the bottle… Continue reading

Bogotá and Cartagena, Colombia

Most Americans still associate Colombia with drug cartels and kidnappings.  But times have changed.  Pablo Escobar and the Rodríguez Orejuela brothers are long gone.  Tourism is on the rise.  More often than not,… Continue reading

Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador

I took two running steps and jumped.  Francisco and Andy watched from the other side of the ice crevasse, all three of us connected by a climbing rope.  The crampons on my boots… Continue reading

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Part 4

Day 7 – Isabela We arrived at Isabela just before dawn and dropped anchor near a rocky breakwater covered with Blue-footed Boobies.  Sunrise gradually woke the sleeping boobies, which one by one began… Continue reading

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Part 3

Day 5 – Española During the night the Estrella del Mar motored from San Cristobal to Española.  I woke before dawn and followed my usual routine of climbing to the top of the… Continue reading

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Part 2

Day 3 – Genovesa At midnight we crossed the equator on our way from Bartolome to Genovesa, and for the first time in five months I was back in the northern hemisphere.  Wide… Continue reading