Colombia — New Book Release & Adventures

It’s been quite a while since my last blog post. But I am determined that this is the time to change my slow blogging tendencies. On August 15, my new book on Colombia comes out in the Cavendish Square Exploring World Cultures series. Here’s a sneak peek at the cover:

Last summer, before I wrote this book, I had the opportunity to travel with my husband, son, and a dear family friend who is from Colombia. Pilar was the perfect guide — she shared stories, foods, and the beautiful culture of the country where she grew up. She never minded all the questions I asked and had so much energy and enthusiasm for every place we visited and every activity we tried. We went to incredible museums, watched local parades, and even ran into the president of Colombia when having lunch one day! The two graffiti tours we went on in Medellin and Bogota gave a snapshot of art and life in these complex cities. Visiting the produce and flower market at Paloquemao was a feast for the senses. And as a vegetarian, getting to try so many delicious new fruits was fantastic!

Here are some photos that were highlights from my time in Colombia. I cannot wait to return!

Graffiti Art Colombia

Flowers at Paloquemao Market

Pineapple Flower Display – Medellin Flower Festival

Colorful Flower Display – Medellin

La Paletteria — Popsicles in Colombia

Some of the incredible variety of Colombian fruits

Treats from a candy vendor in Bogota

El Peñón de Guatapé – Made it to the top!