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That's not to say that I did absolutely nothing in San Gil, Colombia. Though, yes, most of my time in the town was spent in my pajamas, in my hostel bed, binge watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix. But I did force myself away one morning, and took a 40 minute bus ride to the nearby village of Barichara so I could explore new place and walk the Camino Real from Barichara to Guane. Barichara was a lovely town. Stone streets, whitewashed thatched homes, a brick cathedral. I spent a little time wandering and taking photos. But I...

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...