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That's not to say that I did absolutely nothing in San Gil. Though most of my time was spent in my pajamas glued to Netflix, I did force myself away one morning, and took a 40 minute bus ride to the nearby village of Barichara. And Barichara was lovely. Stone streets, whitewashed thatched homes, a brick cathedral. And then I took a walk through the Camino Real, plodding a cobblestone path, seeing only a few locals here and there. enjoying the immense scenery that unfolded below me....

After spending too much time on the water between Panama and Colombia, I had no desire to hit the beach while in Colombia. While most travelers traveled from Cartagena to Santa Marta to enjoy the Caribbean, the sun, the water, I wanted to get as far away as possible. And so, instead, I took a 12-hour night bus that ended up taking 20 towards the town of San Gil, Colombia: an interior town known mostly to backpackers for extreme activities such as paragliding or white water rafting. I had no desire to go paragliding or white water rafting. In fact, I had...

Cartagena was hot. Too hot. And I was feeling a bit warn down. After five months in Central America I had finally landed in my first and only (for now, at least) stop in South America: Colombia. And I wasn't in love. I was afraid that I wouldn't be. Colombia was one of those places that was talked up so much as being a favorite country, a must-see, that I worried that it wouldn't live up to the hype. And while Cartagena was pretty, while the food was cheap and plentiful, while it was a nice town, I wasn't feeling it. It didn't help...

My sunburnt arm pressed into the wooden deck. My head, propped up with a balled up, wet, pink elephant-print sarong I'd purchased in Thailand. My eyes were closed and I breathed in and out with the waves. It was uncomfortable to say the least, but I was just trying to block out the nausea. The sun was setting on my fourth day of what was meant to be a five day sailing trip: we had officially hit open water that afternoon. For the first few hours I did doing nothing but sit, staring at the horizon. "Everything is going to be...