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

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 Venezuela. It was all a bit bizarre and I didn’t really know what was happening Read more about The Day A Guy Holding A Gun Gave Me A Free Glass of Orange Juice in Venezuela[…]

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

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 As soon as they go to press they are out of date, as prices go up, bus timetables change, visa regulations change etc. Read more about 10 Places I LOVE Which Aren’t Even In The Lonely Planet![…]

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Thirsty Thursdays: Drinking Aguardiente in Guasca, Colombia

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 to meet on this planet, one man will forever stand out. My Colombian mate Julio Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: Drinking Aguardiente in Guasca, Colombia[…]

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

“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 you always end up in random jobs with random people at random times. This story Read more about Sunday’s Inspiration: The Man Who Swapped His Camera For A Cow!![…]

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

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 aim was to be in Caracas the day after, and knowing it was the capital, Read more about My Border Nightmare from Cucuta, Colombia to San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela[…]

CuCUTa – CUT bag and CUTting the cord on Colombia *

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 unlikely I’ll ever want to visit Cucuta again. Just to see if there is actually Read more about CuCUTa – CUT bag and CUTting the cord on Colombia *[…]

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Another Guinness, Another Cancelled Flight…in Panama

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 Panama City together, checking out the new and old of the city, sampling the beer Read more about Another Guinness, Another Cancelled Flight…in Panama[…]