Medellin. For the community. With the community. By the community.

From narco city to transformational city. This is how I will always remember Medellín. This was supposed to be one of the most dangerous cities I visited during my 6 months travelling and it proved to be welcoming, inspirational and one of the best experiences I had in Colombia. One of the things I likedContinue reading “Medellin. For the community. With the community. By the community.”

Medellin – where did time go?

I could have sworn that I only spent a couple of days in Medellin, but no… one week went by and I didn’t even noticed it. Apparently other people felt the same. The time just runs away from you in Medellin. And yes, just like so many other people, I fell in love with Medellin.Continue reading “Medellin – where did time go?”

Bogota – an introduction to Colombia

Getting to Colombia was no easy feat. It was an absolute shitshow at the airport, with 3-hours long massive immigration control queues. They then lost my bag, and after 1hour an Avianca staff member finally found the bag. Following these 4 hours delay and constantly texting my cab driver to tell him not to pickContinue reading “Bogota – an introduction to Colombia”

La Fortuna & Monteverde – Costa Rica [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]

La fortuna and Monteverde are some of the most touristy areas in Costa, and there’s a good reason for that. Both places are absolutely gorgeous, even during rainy season. As usual, tips first: Hostels selina… maybe I was just unlucky, but I think Selina chain hostels have a specific vibe ( at least La fortunaContinue reading “La Fortuna & Monteverde – Costa Rica [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]”

Costa Rica, a summary [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]

When I first planned going to Costa Rica I intended to stay for a month. I had big plans! Rainforest, hikes up volcanos, beach time and seeing loads of animals, sloths, sloths sloths and turtles. After one week and a half I realised that actually, my plans to Costa Rica would probably change very soon.Continue reading “Costa Rica, a summary [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]”

Manuel Antonio – Costa Rica [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]

Manuel Antonio…. The place where I started to really relax. And the place where I changed half my plans about the next few months. It was a beautiful adventure. I was only supposed to stay for 3 days and ended up staying for 7. I met incredible people, saw sloths up close, a ridiculous amountContinue reading “Manuel Antonio – Costa Rica [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]”

What I re-learnt about “volunteering” in a hostel in Costa Rica

I’m currently on a 6-month sabbatical and even though this is not a research sabbatical and I’m definitely not working, I think it’s fair to say that when you love what you do, you’re constantly reflecting on it. That’s what happened in Costa Rica. During my time in Costa Rica I stayed at a hostelContinue reading “What I re-learnt about “volunteering” in a hostel in Costa Rica”

Tortuguero – Costa Rica [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]

I’ve spent the past 4 days in Tortuguero, Costa Rica, One of the most remote places I’ve ever been to. This is a quick summary of the past 4 days. Practical details at the top, and you can scroll down for “boring Mariana thoughts and experiences” & last minute tips at the bottom. One ofContinue reading “Tortuguero – Costa Rica [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]”

From Vancouver to LA in 18 days – [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]

I’m back (after not writing for ages) The post below is a very brief summary of my past 18 days on the road with my friend Jess. I do intend to write a few longer blog posts about some of the places we’ve been to during the past 18 days, but currently I’m just tooContinue reading “From Vancouver to LA in 18 days – [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]”

An unrequested list of things that will stress you out before travelling [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]

During the last few weeks, before starting my adventure a few days ago, you could frequently hear me saying: “I’ve had a lil panic moment”. I know, I know. I’m overreacting. I’m over-planning. But hear me out…. does no one else out there feels real “pre-adventure stress”? (Asking for a friend…) It’s still Covid times,Continue reading “An unrequested list of things that will stress you out before travelling [The Americas – #chronicles 2022]”