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10th Floor View

Our slideshow is quite short this month and the number of blog posts we wrote about our temporary home is fewer than usual too. Some of this can be attributed to the fact that we wrote like crazy during our first week or two in Colombia as we dished the details on our Darien Gap … Read more

Medellín Studio

October 6th, 2013 | Posted by Brianna in Colombia | Lodging | The Places We've Been - (2 Comments)
Living Room

The studio apartment that we rented in Medellín for the month of September is just about perfect for us. It is small, open, airy, and bright and with everything that we need. Bar seating separates the nearly full kitchen (everything but an oven!) from the living room, and a small closet area further delineates the … Read more

Man on Horse

Our first metro ride in Medellín took us north through the center of town before dropping us to catch a connection on a cable car to Biblioteca España. Aside from our neighborhood, we hadn’t seen much of the city in the daylight before and one stop after another we found ourselves excitedly getting each other’s … Read more

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

Medellín, Colombia: An Introduction

September 24th, 2013 | Posted by Brianna in Colombia | The Places We've Been - (0 Comments)
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

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

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

September 15th, 2013 | Posted by Brianna in Colombia | Slideshow Pictures | The Places We've Been - (4 Comments)
Cartagena Canon

We didn’t know a single thing about Cartagena (pronounced: Cart-ah-hay-nah, also called Cartagena de Indias) before the city forced its way onto our route by being the receiving location of our shipped car. Honestly, if the Darien wasn’t a Gap, we probably still wouldn’t. We think that a Colombian acquaintance we had in Raleigh might … Read more