I travel on a budget, as much as I can. In this series of posts, I will share with you the destinations where you’ll be able to stretch each hard-earned dollar, some hacks and other tricks to help you stay on budget.
My one-week trip to Colombia is memorable. I dealt with altitude sickness. I rode sèso in a local bus, on a highway. I visited an underground cathedral. And, for a few days, I was a millionaire. “What brought you to Colombia? Cheap flights?” our guide from the g
I wrote this post a year ago. I never published it. But, today, a debate about food (fried plantains specifically) brought it back to mind. Here it goes. Anyone who's ever had some can testify. (My fellow Haitians, there is no pun intended, no innuendo, no double meaning. I am not talking about Nèg bannan lan. Honestly. Back story: Haïti's current president used to work in the plantain export industry. Hence the nickname: Plantain Man.) My trip to Bogota, Colombia (2017), rem
*sòs pwa: bean or pea purée The very mention of Colombia brings whiffs of cocaine and gun powder—I wish this would stop being their reputation. For years, the war against narcotrafficking and a civil war have torn the country apart. But the major traffickers have been neutralized* or arrested (anyone watches Narcos?). And the recent peace treaty signed between the government and the FARCs brought back some stability to an otherwise “dangerous” place. *At the police museum, th
We're heading home. And I feel a little sad. I quickly grew attached to the narrow, hilly streets of La Candelaria. Colourful streets, filled with history. With street vendors standing guard at each street corner. I've grown accustomed to its grey skies. Its tropical showers. It's misty mornings. What I won't miss is the crazy driving. More than once, I thought we'd be in an accident. But I guess they know what they're doing. I'll miss the blue house. And my room at the top o
Deux personnes s'embrassant à pleine bouche à la sortie de l'aéroport. Des amoureux s'enlaçant à vouloir s'étouffer. Bienvenue en Amérique du Sud. Ici, les démonstrations d'affection sont la règle. Des ados aux couples un peu plus matures. Rien à voir avec le "main dans la main" pudique d'Haiti. Certes, nous dansons ploge (serré) et, la pénombre aidant, nous échangeons des baisers furtifs et nous étreignons lascivement. Rien à voir aussi avec les brefs baisers que l'on échang
When you travel on a budget, free activities are a lifesaver. Plus, they're sometimes the best. It's important to note that the number of foreign tourists in the city is increasing. Fun fact: On all the tours and sites I've been, the majority of people were Colombian. I have a feeling that as the demand increases, some activities may no longer remain free. Mercado de las pulgas de Usaquen It's a flea market (according to the name), but it's more like a mix of crafts, food an
As I’m planning my next trip (Bogota it is!), I thought I’d share how I go about it with you. I’m using “I”, but I really should say “we”. Hubby and I work together. Hubby does everything airfare. He knows the sites, has apps on his phone, and has been blessed with the patience it requires to navigate through it all and come up with the best itineraries/prices. But more on that later… I take care of the geeky/nerdy and foodie stuff: sightseeing (which includes lots of museums