Travels in Colombia No.4: Feria de Manizales

April 18th, 2016The year began excellently, with a week-long stay at the 60th Feria de Manizales in the Eje Cafetero in Caldas Province, Colombia. While we were in Manizales we saw beauty queens, jugglers, birdmen, wild dancers, rappers, artists, street vendors, beggars, tourists, touts and vendors. This is a city that is painted red by … Continue reading Travels in Colombia No.4: Feria de Manizales

Travels in Colombia No.3: The Cocora Valley

December 30th, 2015What is it that makes an experience unique?Yesterday we discussed this on our walk to our campsite (beyond the 'Al Rio' sign we found at the end of this post). We had believed Salento to be a picturesque little town curled sleepily among the sunlit coffee bushes, waiting to be discovered. Instead, we … Continue reading Travels in Colombia No.3: The Cocora Valley

Travels in Colombia No.2: The Coffee Zone

December 29th, 2015In the central highlands of Colombia, a crop grows like wildfire. It flourishes on every hill and valley as far as the eye can see: enamelled green leaves with crinkle-cut edges, and glossy, dark red berries hanging like earrings below, spaced out on the vine. Coffee is intimately familiar to me. I associate … Continue reading Travels in Colombia No.2: The Coffee Zone