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The Day A Guy Holding A Gun Gave Me A Free Glass of Orange Juice in Venezuela

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It had been a long trip north east of Bogota in Colombia since the previous day and I can’t remember a more dazed or drained experience in my travel history than this particular day and border crossing from Colombia to …

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10 Places I LOVE Which Aren’t Even In The Lonely Planet!

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I use the Lonely Planet Guide Booksquite a lot when I travel and I like them. Usually they are correct, mostly they are useful but sometimes they are horrendously wrong and ill-informed. As soon as they go to press they …

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Thirsty Thursdays: Drinking Aguardiente in Guasca, Colombia

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I ain’t written about Colombia for a long long time and sadly, the way life goes I wasn’t there for a long long time. One thing I have to say is that of all the people I have been pleasured …

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Sunday’s Inspiration: The Man Who Swapped His Camera For A Cow!!

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“I don’t want to be a consumer” – Julio Felipe (2005) It’s story time on Sunday’s Inspiration on Don’t Stop Living! And bear with me, as this is a long one but hopefully one you will enjoy. As a traveller …

My Border Nightmare from Cucuta, Colombia to San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela

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Having got into my shared taxi at Cucuta Bus Station, it was time to head to Venezuela. I had no idea which Venezuelan city we would be heading to in fact, nor did I bother asking. Quite simply because my …

CuCUTa – CUT bag and CUTting the cord on Colombia *

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You could argue that you can’t judge a city in a couple of hours. And yes, you’d probably be right. That said, my three hours or so in the Colombian city of Cucuta left a lingering, lasting impression meaning it is …

Colombian Buses: Sopo to Cucuta *

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The bus trip from Sopo, a small town to the north east of Bogota to Cucuta, by the Venezuelan border was not one of my more enjoyable journeys, however it did give me an alternative experience, a chance to update …

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Another Guinness, Another Cancelled Flight…in Panama

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My departure from Panama City was a pleasant one, despite a series of dramas inside the walls of its Tocumen International Airport. The day had been kind to me. I had met a great Brazilian guy called Eduardo and we toured …

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