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On a More Personal Note: Peace in Colombia, Is this real?

On a More Personal Note: Peace in Colombia, Is this real?

International Politics and Issues
Peace in Colombia, is This it? Today, leaders of the Latin world, Colombia, FARC and the UN leadership, signed a peace accord in Havana, Cuba.  In a place rooted in revolutionary history, a deal was signed that affects the future of 46 million residents of Colombia.  Emotions in general are…
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Three Days in Bogota and Three Ways to Do it Right

Three Days in Bogota and Three Ways to Do it Right

Travel
When the recent meet-up of the Colombian Bloggers Association gave me 3 days in Bogota, it turned into an adventure that could have happened several different ways.  And, I wanted to share 3 ways to do it right.  Or wrong, if you prefer.  Is there really a right way to…
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Reserva Cauquitá Natural Adventure in Pereira

Reserva Cauquitá Natural Adventure in Pereira

Travel
From under the yellow/green striped Guadua trees, I could see the sun peeking playfully through the redolent greenery that surrounded me at Reserva Cauquitá.   I breathed in the deep rich smells of the forest and listened to the eager chirping of birds and the rhythm of crickets and tree…
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Coffee: The Most Loved Liquid in the World From Seed to Cup

Coffee: The Most Loved Liquid in the World From Seed to Cup

Life Abroad, Travel
Anyone who drinks coffee, on some level, realizes that it was grown on a plant, processed and delivered in either grinds or beans to grind.  And now for some really important news:  This is going to be my last post on Open Minded Traveler in its present form.  However, I…
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Let’s Talk Pereira – A Social Conversation Club for Everyone!

Let’s Talk Pereira – A Social Conversation Club for Everyone!

Culture, Travel
Pereira totally lacks the social elegance of Bogota, even so your chances aren’t completely sunk!  If you aren’t into the Club Comercio money parade, the strange but elusive Rotaracts, or the aged classiness of the Orchid Association, then check out a humble little group named Let’s Talk Pereira.  It’s not…
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The Pereira City Guide

The Pereira City Guide

Life Abroad, Travel
  Exciting News! Pereira is going to have a City Guide! NOT one of those grammatically funky, state-sponsored info sheets! Something Beautiful…  Informative… And,  Interesting… Featuring current information and points of interest. Where to go…. What to do… Who to do it with… Where to eat… Where to sleep… Whether…
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Expert Roundup: What is the Best Secret to Know When Living, Working or Traveling in Colombia?

Expert Roundup: What is the Best Secret to Know When Living, Working or Traveling in Colombia?

Life Abroad, Travel
Coming to Colombia for me has been such an adventure.  I came with an open mind, and an open heart.  Things worked out.  That isn’t always the case, but when it is, it’s extra special.  If you asked me today whether Colombia is safe, or Zika, or anything like that…
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The 4 Things Life Taught Me About Failure

The 4 Things Life Taught Me About Failure

Life Abroad
Failure. There it is. The word which haunts us. The two syllables which make us cringe just by hearing them used in our direction. That enormous sinking feeling after you realize that your best wasn’t enough. That feeling. Forgive yourself, but don’t forget to promise that next time you are…
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