By Colin McFadden

Why Should I Visit Senegal?

You should visit Senegal because chances are you don’t know much (if anything) about it, aren’t entirely sure where it is, and are looking to be totally surprised by a destination.  You should visit Senegal because chances are good you’ve never been to Africa (under 0.5% of American international travel), and it’s time to change…

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By Colin McFadden

Does Batman smell like this?

This post is part of a series called Senegal 2018 We woke up a bit early in Dangane, hoping to catch the sunrise.  The horizon was cloudy, so instead we watched the birds swooping out over the marsh.  Three kingfishers came to take a bath in the pool, and numerous other birds were in the…

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By Colin McFadden

Back on the Street (food)

This post is part of a series called Senegal 2018 This morning we were off to a much better start. Kat was feeling better and was able to have some bread at breakfast. We started the day by hitting up a grocery store before driving to Dangane. The drive was smooth – we think Bala…

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By Colin McFadden

Not a jar of jelly in sight

This post is part of a series called Senegal 2018 Today was a bit less fun-packed than days past.  Kat came down with some stomach trouble overnight, and we spent most of the day in the car traveling from Saint Louis to Kaolack, via Touba.  All the car time didn’t help Kat much, with plenty…

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By Colin McFadden

But where’s the Arch?

This post is part of a series called Senegal 2018 One of the downsides of a canvas tent in the desert is that they don’t tend to have ultra secure doors.  The type of doors that would, for example, keep a cat out in the middle of the night. Aside from our brief cat-terruption, we…

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By Colin McFadden

Why Should I Visit New Orleans?

You should visit New Orleans because, along with perhaps New York, it is that rare city that manages to feel authentic while catering to tourists. It is accessible to the visitor, without being a theme park. It is beautiful and delicious and full of character, without being designed by a committee. And it probably won’t…

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Getting a haircut on the street
By Colin McFadden

Why Should I Visit Hanoi

You should visit Hanoi because Hanoi doesn’t care about you.  It doesn’t care about your worries, your hopes, or your neurosis.  But it’s not that Hanoi doesn’t like you.  Hanoi is just too busy to worry about you.  And for some of us, that’s deeply comforting.  Hanoi is Southeast Asia, turned up to full volume….

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By Colin McFadden

Why Should I Visit Bogotá?

You should visit Bogotá because it will help you understand the true meaning of friendliness, hope, and community.  As with all good travel, it will give you perspective about your own trials and tribulations and those of your country.  And you should go to Bogotá now, so you can go back in ten years and…

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By Colin McFadden

Merengons are like love

This post is part of a series called Colombia 2017 You only find them when you’re not looking.  But if you’ve got a smartphone, you can eventually track them down. Our last day in Colombia started in Medellín with packing and tidying our Airbnb.  We then wandered down to Hija Mia for, ostensibly, a quick…

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By Colin McFadden

You don’t make friends with salad

This post is part of a series called Colombia 2017 You might be surprised to learn that Colombia gets roughly 70% of its electricity from large hydro power plants.  More than 30% comes from a single dam, near Medellín.  Building that dam meant flooding a valley, which created a set of newly-lakeside communities catering to…

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By Colin McFadden

We found the tourists

This post is part of a series called Colombia 2017 Our last day in Bogotá! We woke up early to hit the Museo del Oro before leaving the city. The museum opens an hour earlier than some of the others, a good enough reason as any to visit. That and it reportedly had an excellent…

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By Colin McFadden

Salty Jesus

This post is part of a series called Colombia 2017 Two days in one, on account of a lack of internet. Before our trip, we connected with a friend of a friend who lives in Bogotá.  Colombians are impossibly friendly and welcoming to guests, and Ximena was no different. She invited us to spend a…

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By Colin McFadden

Kidnapped in Bogotá

This post is part of a series called Colombia 2017 Before we get to the clickbait title, let’s back up: what are we doing in Colombia?  There are a number of answers: we’ve never been to South America, we have Colombian friends back home, and Bourdain did a compelling episode. It’s also the type of…

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