Extending a Colombian tourist visa

Months ago, before moving back to Colombia,  I had researched how to renew a tourist visa in Medellin. Several other travellers and friends had told me that after 90 days in the country without some sort of permanent residency card or work/student visa, you would have to leave the country in order to stay any…

El Mariposario and Parque Arví

Just beyond the city, but still within reach of the metro, there's a nature reserve where you can learn about the unique ecology of Colombia. Parque Arví and the Ecological Park inside are a great way to escape the rush of Medellín and to learn something new. Getting there Take the metro to Acevedo and…

New Year’s Resolution: read a novel in Spanish

Yes, I'm one of those people who make New Year's Resolutions. I usually start my list sometime in mid-December, but I make it a point to write a written "official" list on January 1st. On top of the list is always to stop biting my nails, a habit I haven't been able to break since elementary school,…