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Representing a tiny piece of an expansive puzzle of islands, Coralina is part of the Islas del Rosario archipelago, 100 kilometers from Cartagena. Made up entirely of coral and mangroves, its delicate appearance compelled me to tiptoe gently upon it, as if to prevent a piece of this paradise from breaking away and slipping into the sea.
Arriving in Cartagena the day the government signed a historic peace deal with FARC (The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) heightened both my excitement and anxiety about choosing Colombia for a winter getaway.
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As the international community is closely following the recent rejection of the peace deal in Colombia, another key issue has long been ignored in this war-torn nation: there has been an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the northern Colombian province of La Guajira, a remote and impoverished desert peninsula.
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Cannabis cultivation operations are dumping sediment, pesticides, fertilizers and trash into the rivers, diverting water for irrigation which has left some riverbeds dry and others unable to sustain the wildlife that depend on the region's waterways, and killing large numbers of wildlife with rodenticides meant to keep rats out of the cannabis plants.
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It is important to understand that neither President Santos nor others in Colombia's government (or other countries' leaders) have suggested we replace the failed war on drugs with a global "free-for-all." Rather, he suggests we replace what is now "a war on people who use drugs" with new and improved "drug control policies."
The Canadian dollar may not be in line with the U.S. dollar anymore, but that doesn't mean it's time to stop traveling. In fact, there are plenty of places around the globe where your Canadian dollars can make you a millionaire, literally. After all, $100 CAD is equivalent to roughly 1,004,817 Indonesian Rupiah and 168,842 Tanzanian Shillings.
And that may be music to the ears of the Liberal government.
The sad reality, however, is that millions of children around the world are deprived of play due to war or natural disaster. On World Play Day, we want you to meet ten children who may have been left with little, but still have the courage to keep playing.
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Since 1993, Spike Lee's Forty Acres and a Mule Filmworks has tackled tough issues and produced compelling drama that has gives a voice to communities that are underrepresented in mainstream media. Today, Spike Lee is giving a new generation of filmmakers a leg up and giving other communities a voice.
Heralded not so long ago as economic engines through the crisis years, emerging markets' neo-slowing has been a big disappointment. Latin America is no exception; a trip there two weeks ago confirmed that sentiment has soured. What's up?
So often in the world of international development evaluation, the voices of the people the project is targeting -- the people who are really the most important in terms of determining the impact of the project -- are absent.
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If the continuing onslaught of cold, snow and general winter misery has caused you to forget how pretty rivers look when they're not frozen solid, we'd like you to meet Cano Cristales. At first glanc...
Canadian investors are well-known in Colombia, particularly in the oil and gas sector. The crisis proved to be a setback to impressive investment activity, but it has since rebounded. Canadian direct investment in Colombia is now over 70 per cent higher than at the 2008 peak, at just under $1.8 billion.
The hunt to catch up with Jayne continues, but not before we encounter wheelies, thefts, many escorts and of course the most amazing swingset in the world.
Sometimes part of spending time together, is spending time apart. After 14 months together, it appeared time to part ways. I wanted to head to Bogota to visit friends of my buddy Pacho and play some ultimate, and Jayne did not. Bogota is known to be cold, and Jayne wasn't interested.
Gasoline in Ecuador is a fraction of the price it is in Colombia. If everywhere sold gasoline for $1.48 US a gallon, we'd be able to travel for a lot longer! It was strange going back to spending US dollars, but it does make stock piling them for our time in Argentina much easier.
I have never been so glad to see such an ugly city appear in front of me...
"I've got to work tonight, and I don't think my mum will be comfortable with strangers in the house."
This was one of the first things Pipo, the couchsurfing host who had accepted our couch request in Buga, told us shortly after Tom and I arrived at his house.
As the road leading to the hot springs in Santa Rosa de Cabal turned to kilometers of dirt, I assured myself that it would be okay. I don't usually enjoy riding offroad, but this few kilometres of dirt was actually quite enjoyable, and I was all by myself. Maybe I'm actually getting more confident?
Deciding to split up from Phil and Kelly happened very quickly, but it had been building up for a while.
We were sweltering in Cartagena. The hottest I've felt on this trip. We had to get out of that city. I looked a the map in the Couchsurfing app on my phone and sent a couple of couch requests to towns that looked a reasonable day's ride South. Alex in Monteria responded and invited us to come stay at his apartment.
Crossing the Darien gap was a pleasure. Sure getting to this point was a touch stressful at times, but the actual voyage was a delight. Getting the bikes OFF the boat, however, was another story.
Crossing the Darien Gap isn't easy. There's no road, (I double checked) so you can't ride, thus the options are to fly or to sail. Flying costs about 700$ per bike, plus whatever it costs for you. There are many sailboats that take bikes, but they cost over 1000$. Each. To travel about 200 nautical miles.
The ColombaModa 2013 (Colombia Fashion Week) official opening fashion show was that of Colombian designer Francesca Miranda who presented her Fall/Winter 2013 show with an ethereal ambience.
Inspired by the work of American artist Anne Truitt, Colombian designer Silvia Tcherassi presented a jaw-dropping 25 ensembles at the prestigious Museo de Arte Moderno Medellin (Museum of Modern Art of Medellin).
*This is part of Ramp 1885's newest series, "Fashion Travelogue-Medellin Edition" where we personally highlight the runways of the city's fashion week, explore the city's greater style scene including...
*This is part of Ramp 1885′s newest series, "Fashion Travelogue-Medellin Edition" where we personally highlight the runways of the city's fashion week, explore the city's greater style scene including...
Ramp1885 is down south -- in South America that is -- for Colombia Moda 2013, Colombia's official fashion week held in magical Medellin. While running from one show to the next, we quickly made it a point to grab some shots of the fantastic street styles as donned by the Medellin's moda mavens.
Our crack team at City Hall wasn't all that caught my attention this week. Funny parenting videos, more viral ads from Kmart, technology in sports and a great bike for families, all the way from Denmark, made the list. Sorry Rob, you've had too much air time already.
BOGOTA - Leftist rebels kidnapped five gold prospectors doing exploratory drilling for a Canadian company before dawn Friday in a northern province of Colombia, officials said. One abductee was from C...
In the space of a few years, the world's perception of Canada has changed dramatically. Under the Harper Conservatives, this country has become a climate change pariah and lost its reputation as a peace-keeper and honest broker. We need to return to an international role that emphasizes humanitarianism.
I am in a remote village on the Pacific coast of Colombia. One road leads in and out, extending as far as the next village. This is my second time here. A year ago, had I been told someone was shot, I would have panicked. This year, I brush it off.