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Category: South America

The Peoples of the Sierra Nevada

One of the most disappointing things about this trip was the scant evidence in Cartagena showing the history of the…

Afro-Caribbean Influences in Cartagena

You can find reference to the Plaza de Los Coches clock tower in Cartagena from just about anywhere. And throughout…

The South American Culture Trip

I don’t know how to describe the intent of this trip. The idea started when La Niña was much younger…

A Military Parade

A young soldier looked rather sheepish as he searched my bag before I entered the barricaded area beside the Capitolio…

Pre-Colombian Statues

Close to the Cementerio Central in Bogota, it is district known as Localidad de Los Mártires. It was here during…

Museo de Arte del Banco de la República

There are a number of art galleries in Bogotá… and most of them are free. This particular gallery is one…

Heroes and Martyrs

Generally, I don’t like to visit military type museums… the glorification of war and violence isn’t something I find particularly…

Colombian Coffee

Colombia is known to have some of the best coffee in the world and for farmers and sellers this is…

La Catedral Primada

Over the decades, Plaza de Bolívar has seen more than its share of blood, tears, and political violence. And, it’s…

Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria

La Candelaria contains the majority of the historic churches in Bogotá, of which Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria (also known…

La Candelaria

The city of Bogotá has an incredibly rich and detailed history… starting long before the arrival of Europeans. It’s actually…

Botero

“Man needs music, literature, and painting – all those oases of perfection that make up art – to compensate for…

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