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Clothesline of Sun-dried Beef & Underwear

Yes, I'm serious - that clothesline was hanging in the restaurant where we ate lunch today. But first of all, I'll fill you in on our last few days of adventures from Belem to Parnaíba. I think we had our tamest New Years' Eve ever, which was not intentional. We did our best to be in a city where we could find things to do and people (preferably that spoke English or Spanish) to hang out with....


Hidden Paradise in the Amazon

AlterDoChaoBeach

We both knew that the first month of our travels would be rough.  Perhaps the roughest of our South American leg.  After we left Colombia and ventured into Venezuela and the Amazon, we were far off the typical gringo trail.  I've been looking forward to getting to the East Coast of Brazil - home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  But after a 30-hour boat trip, we were thrille...


Christmas “Cruise” Down the Amazon

Hammocks

This blog is dedicated to everyone who's said they were jealous of our travels.  I promise you that you won't envy the last few days we've had.  :)  But that's the thing about long travel - it's not just vacation, it's getting into the nitty, gritty of a place.  The bad experiences are as much of the story as the good ones so I'm not going to leave them out.  Perhaps I should just be more spe...


The Darker Side of Venezuela

So if Venezuela has such a gorgeous landscape, hot women, the highest waterfall in the world, and the longest Caribbean coastline, why isn't it a tourist hot spot? After all the stories we heard we could understand why. We are grateful for everyone's prayers for safe travels through Venezuela. We did learn a lot of interesting things about the inner-workings of the country during our week-long sta...


Trek to the World’s Highest Waterfall

If you want to see the highest waterfall in the world, don't expect to board a cushy tour bus for a few hours, shoot some pics, and go home.  Be ready to take several flights, a truck, a motorized dug-out canoe, spend the night in a hammock, and do some treacherous hiking  (All of this after the "sketchy border crossing" into Venezuela).   But the good things in life aren't easily attained, rig...


Sketchy Border Crossing

Written Dec 16, 2011 by Kristin: So what do you get when you mix 3 Venezuelans, 2 Americans, a Colombian, 2 mattresses, and a big bag of cheese in a 1979 Chevy Impala?  One hell of a Border Crossing, that’s what! The last few weeks we’ve been going back and forth about whether we were going to venture into Venezuela at all.  We’ve met several people along the way that told us it’s ...


Vive Colombia!

Flamethrower

Written on Dec 14, 2011 by Bryan: Kristin’s been doing all the talking so far, so I figured I’d say a little something. If you don't like this post, tell me, and I won't write anymore :-) As we await our bus to Venezuela tomorrow, I might as well take a minute to reflect on our thoughts of Colombia. First off, let’s kill the stereotypes. Colombia is NOT a place of only cocaine, kidnapping...


Almost Barracuda Breakfast

During our two weeks  in Colombia, Monday was the first time we feared for our lives.  And it wasn't because of some guerrilla drug-lord with a machine gun or someone off the streets flashing a machete while demanding all of our valuables.  In fact, we were 60-feet underwater scuba diving.  We've been diving with barracudas countless times over the last 8 years.   They don't scare us one bi...


Rolling in the Mud with Some New Amigos

MudVolcano

After a 16-hour bus ride from Medellin, we finally arrived in Cartagena at midnight. We didn't mind the all day and night bus ride too much though. It gave us plenty of time to catch up on our sleep after a fun last night out in Medellin partying with new friends (one of them being Dr. Stu Price from the Hangover; aka Darren). Our group had accidentally stumbled across a bottle of the Colombian li...


Chillaxin’ with the Escobars

UsPiedraDelPenol

Medellin, Colombia was once named the world's murder capitol and most violent city (and not too long ago!).  This was largely due to the drug cartels in the days of Pablo Escobar.  The city is said to have improved dramatically since those days.  Honestly, though, Bryan and I aren't big fans of Medellin.  There are some positive points to the city.  The more upscale residential area where our...


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