South America

Parque Utria and El Valle on the Pacific coast of Colombia

After walking along the shallow river for almost an hour, wading through the clear water, with thick green foliage at each side, we reach the little waterfall. It isn’t especially big, and as waterfalls go, neither especially impressive. But the setting, with the lush rainforest surrounding us, the natural pool at its feet, feeding into […]

Snaps from Benjamin Constant in the Brazilian Amazon

We are walking around on the narrow wooden walkways (high water season), taking a left here, a right there (not much else to do in Benjamin Constant), hoping the planks will hold, getting further away from the main streets, when we finally reach a dead-end, and two little Brazilian boys. I ask them if I […]

Panorama of the main church in Villa de Leyva

Snaps from the charming colonial town of Villa de Leyva

A bit north of Bogotá, in the state of Boyacá, lays the colonial, picture-perfect town of Villa de Leyva (even the clouds are picture-perfect). Just a short bus-ride from the capital, it is a popular weekend getaway for Bogotanians and other nearby living Colombians alike. People take a break from big city life and wind […]

People kitesurfing in Lago Calima

Learning to kitesurf in Lago Calima

I try to place my feet in the straps of the board without looking, keeping the eyes on the kite – working hard at keeping it steady at 12 o’clock, right above me –controlling with one hand while the other flips the board ever so slightly in the water to make it easier to guide […]

Easter processions of Popayán

We are standing in the crowd outside the church, almost at the front waiting for the procession to start, when a middle-aged man comes up to us. “Would you like to help us out a bit” he asks the two Danish guys I’m hanging out with. Not really sure what to expect the guys agrees, […]

Chingaza national park cundinamarca Colombia

Chingaza National Park in the fog

A few hours outside Bogotá is the Páramo, or moorlands of Chingaza. A wet national park high in the mountains (the highest peaks reach just over 4000 meters) and home to some 40 lakes. The fresh drinkable tap-water the rolos (people from Bogotá) are so proud of comes from here. We went to the part […]

The lost city of Colombia

The river is floating lazily by, crystal clear water over small rounded rocks, huge boulders sprouting out along the riverbed, trees leaning in, wanting to soak up the water with their green vines. The sound of the river is a constant around me, calling me to jump in, and I do, with all my clothes, […]

(Mostly yellow) snaps from Cartagena

The old town of Cartagena, on the Caribbean coast of Colombia is bursting with colors, especially warm colors, yellow, orange, red (or maybe that’s just the colors that I got hung up on for some reason).

Huyana Potosí – The time I tried, and failed, to hike up to 6000 meters

I lift my leg, move it forward and thrust it into the icy ground, letting the spiky crampon get a good grip on the hard snow. Then the other, lift, move forward, thrust. Repeat. Over and over again. I’m gripping the top of my ice ax tightly with my left hand, almost using it as […]

Everyone gets sick in Sucre

“Doctor” the two young female interns are saying flirtatiously while giggling and bashing their eyelashes at young Señor Doctor. “Doctooorrr did you take a look at my test?” “doctoooorrr are the blood test results ready yet” Doctooorrrr this and doctoooorrrr that! “Aaah, you are soo funny doctoooorrr”. In the background the TV is spewing out […]