Paris: A Fish-eye View

I’ve spent the last few days in Paris with my mom, who came to visit, and we visited all the touristy spots. I’ve been to Paris before and have pictures of all the monuments, so this time I decided to photograph them in a different way. Here are my fish-eye lens photos:

Tour Eiffel

Tour Eiffel

Tour Eiffel

Tour Eiffel

Metro

Metro

Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur

Paris from Montmartre

Paris from Montmartre

Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Metropolitain

Metropolitain

Versailles

Versailles

Hall of Mirrors

Hall of Mirrors

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Place de Concord

Place de Concord

La Sorbonne

La Sorbonne

Les Jardins de Luxembourg

Les Jardins de Luxembourg

Les Jardins de Luxembourg et le Tour Eiffel

Les Jardins de Luxembourg et le Tour Eiffel

Louvre

Louvre

Venus de Milo

Venus de Milo

Louvre

Louvre

Bucaramanga, a Hidden Treasure

Photo Credit yonolatengo

Okay, now that I’ve caught your attention with this title, let me contradict myself by saying that Bucaramanga is not at all hidden, although it is a treasure.

Bucaramanga is the capital of the Department of Santander, in the Northeast of Colombia, and the city with the sixth largest population in the country. Continue reading

A New Year

Feliz Año Nuevo and Happy New Year (a bit belatedly)!

I am back in Bogotá after being home in the States for 3 weeks for vacation. Bogotá right now is delightfully empty, as many people leave during the holidays, often to Cartagena, Santa Marta, San Andres, and the US. Businesses are still open, but most people get a decent amount of time off over the winter holidays. Tomorrow, however, things will be back to normal.

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Back in La Costa!

View from my old classroom of the preschool where I taught

I am back in Barranquilla, my old home, for the first time in five months. It is wonderful being back. Everything feels so familiar still; it really feels so much more like home to me than Bogotá does. Although perhaps that will change in a few months.   Continue reading

Why Colombia?

Exciting news! GoAbroad.com, one of the leading websites on meaningful travel and studying, living, and working abroad, has chosen to feature The Wanderlust Chronicles as their Blog of the Week. In honor of having my blog featured on GoAbroad.com, I want to tell you, Dear Reader, why I chose to, well, go abroad to Colombia. Continue reading

My Journey to Obtain a Colombian Work Visa

also: How to Obtain a Colombian Work Visa in Venezuela.

View of Cucuta from my hotel room

I left Bogotá Wednesday morning and flew to Cucuta, the closest Colombian city with an airport to Venezuela. I was told that going to Venezuela is the easiest and cheapest way for a foreigner to obtain a Colombian visa. For some absurd reason that I cannot figure out, in order to obtain a visa for Colombia, one must go out of the country to a Colombian Consulate in another country. I do not understand why I can’t get a Colombian visa in Colombia, but that’s how it is. And before you say anything, Dear Latino Readers, I know. I know the visa process is extremely difficult and frustrating for you guys, to go to either the States or Europe. But that doesn’t make Colombia’s rules any less absurd or exasperating.

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Bus Etiquette in Colombia

Bus in Bogotá

Do you ever pay attention to how people interact on buses? Or public transportation in general? It’s quite an interesting microcosm, if you think about it; all of these strangers squeezed into a tight place, arms, shoulders, legs, and butts all touching with people you’ve never met before and will probably never see again.

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