House Sitting in Epsom

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Chances are you’ve never heard of magnesium sulphate. It’s much more likely you know it by its common name: Epsom salts. Now, other than one of the earliest discoveries of this compound being discovered in the town of Epsom, this is the last we’ll be talking about that. We rolled into Epsom on the Southwestern Rail train from Waterloo station just before noon. I think it was noon, our phone said so at least. For Kylee and I, it could …

A tram on the streets of Ostrava, Czech Republic

Visiting Ostrava, the Czech Republic’s Forgotten Destination

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Sitting quietly in the Moravian-Silesian region of the Czech Republic, just a short distance from the Polish border, is the city of Ostrava. Until recently, this third-largest city in Czechia was completely unknown to us; which I’m sure this is the case for most who live outside of the area. While attending a travel conference known as TBEX a couple of weeks ago, we had the opportunity to spend some time in Ostrava. Thankfully, given our absence of strict schedule, …

Where to Eat in Ostrava, Czechia

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During our time in Ostrava, a town in the eastern Czech Republic, we were fortunate enough to really dig into the local food and drink culture. There are so many great places to eat in Ostrava. From hip bistros to late-evening beer snacks, craft beer spots and underground cocktail bars, this town has an incredible food scene. Czech Cuisine Czech food is very Eastern European. Lots of meat, potatoes and bread. Vegetables, when they appear, are often in the form …

How to Spend a Day in Bogota

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Alright, so you’ve finally arrived in Bogota. Perhaps this is the beginning of your Colombian adventure and have just flown in. Maybe this leg of your journey is coming to an end and you’ve just taken the night bus from Salento. Whatever your reason for coming, even if it’s only to spend a day in Bogota, give yourself a pat on the back – it was a great idea! We visited this amazing city at the end of our time …

The Best Things to do in Medellin

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Medellin is an outstanding city. One of the best we’ve ever visited in over ten years of travel. From the delicious food to parks and literal high-flying activities; there are so many great things to do in Medellin – It’s one of the reasons we so quickly fell in love with the city. We’ve put together a list of our favourite activities for anyone visiting this great city; whether you’re a short-term traveller stopping by for a few days or …

The Best Food in Salento

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Salento is undoubtedly the most popular destination in the coffee region of the Colombian Andes. As a result, there is no shortage of food options around town. Whether you’re needing a huge meal to replenish your energy after hiking the beautiful Valle de Cocora or perhaps you’re searching for a quick snack to keep you going as you do some shopping around this chill town – you might as well eat the best! Here are our picks for best food …

Why you Need to Visit Jardin, Colombia

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When we first made our way to the sleepy village of Jardin, Colombia, the plan was to spend one or two nights before continuing on. Not wanting to spend a full day in transit to reach the towns of Filandia and Salento further South, we were simply looking for something to break up the journey. As the road twisted through high mountain passes blanketed in heavy fog, we still weren’t entirely sure what to expect. Soon, the late afternoon sun …

Visiting Guatape, Colombia

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My lungs burned and I was far too sweaty for this early in the morning. I should have eaten more than a bunuelo for breakfast. 475… Only 200 more steps to go. Aside from the realization that I’ve become incredibly out of shape over the passed two months, the view from up here is stunning. The colourful town of Guatape is a tiny scattering of buildings in the distance. 500… The Road to Guatape When one of our friends from …

Graffiti on a wall in Medellin's Comuna 13

The Evolution of the Notorious Comuna 13 in Medellin

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For years, Medellin was the most dangerous city in the world. Between the different drug cartels vying for control and the military attempting to control them. To leftist revolutionary guerrillas and the privately funded right-wing paramilitary groups locked in conflict. Car bombs, shootings, kidnappings and outright war were commonplace in the region. While the city itself stood amongst the most violent on earth, until as recently as 2010; one neighbourhood in particular ranked deadliest of all. The neighbourhood of San …

8 Free Activities in Medellin, Colombia

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Maybe you’ve arrived in Medellin at the end of your trip, money is running out. Perhaps you’ve spent a little more on beer or accommodation than expected and your budget is tighter than you planned. Whatever the reason, just because you’re looking to pinch pennies during your visit doesn’t mean you need to lock yourself in your dorm room. We’ve put together a quick list of the eight best activities you can do in Medellin for as as close to …