Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Torreon de las Vegas

This is a series detailing some of what appear at first to be more mundane details of a place, but will hopefully be illuminating as insights into the grind behind the “glamour.”  Our Building and the Porteros As I will discuss in more detail in my post about our studio apartment in Medellín, we’re staying … Read more

Riding the Rails (and Cables) in Medellín

September 25th, 2013 | Posted by Ian in Colombia - (6 Comments)
Metrocable Medellín

One of the major reasons Medellín was named the 2013 Innovative City of the Year is its sparkling Metro system. Used by 500,000 people each day, the Metro provides cost-effective and rapid transportation for this city of three million, creating a main transportation artery running north-south — Medellín has a narrow, “tall” layout, following the natural … Read more

Biblioteca España View

The city of Medellín sits in the Aburrá Valley of Antioquia, split down the middle by the Medellín River and surrounded by the green peaks of encircling mountains. Despite its location just 430 short miles from the equator, Medellín is graced with year round average temperatures in the low seventies, a relatively consistent state which has … Read more


We have seen a lot of pavement over the past 12 months. Here are nine images that might give you a feel for how the drives have been. 1. Maine, USA – October 2, 2012 2. Badlands, South Dakota, USA – October 13, 2012 3. Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, USA – October 20, 2012 4. Northern … Read more


So, yeah, we do take the occasional selfie. We feel like it’s excusable, owing to the cool locales and absence of duck lips. Here are ten of our favorites. 1. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA – September 9, 2012 2. Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA – September 28, 2012 3. Montreal, Quebec, Canada – … Read more


Over the past twelve months and 25,000 miles we have taken some 8,500 pictures. These are some of the best, or at least some of our favorites. Happy viewing! 1. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA – September 6, 2012 2. Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA – September 28, 2012 3. Montreal, Quebec, Canada – … Read more

Handsome Dog on Rocky Beach

Yesterday we shared our best 10 moments from our first year as Vangabonds, and so today we think it’s only fair to fess up about the worst 10 as well. Except we couldn’t think of 10 moments that were all that deserving. We stretched ourselves, but 9 will have to do. As we devised this … Read more

Badlands at Sunrise

For the last year we have opened our lives to the people, environments, customs, and experiences of a range of different places within North and Central America. These various aspects of the locations we’ve temporarily called home have gifted us with countless incredible memories and extensive mental reminders of our journey thus far. Now, as … Read more

One Year on the Road: A Reflection

September 17th, 2013 | Posted by Brianna in About | Celebrations - (16 Comments)
Love-at-first-sight-iversary 2013

In the midst of all of our Darien Gap adventures, we failed to mention or celebrate a pretty meaningful milestone in our life – our one year travelversary. You know, a travelversary. It’s like an anniversary, except with travel. We flew from Panama to Colombia on the eve of our travelversary and woke up for … Read more


So you just lost all of your credit cards and driver’s licenses in a foreign country, huh? You must be a beginner. That would only, could only, happen to a virgin traveler. Wait, no, that’s not right. That’s not right at all. As it turns out, even after living on the road for a year, … Read more