Into the Amazon: San José del Guaviare

When I opened my eyes at 7am, we had already crossed the border with Meta Department. We were getting closer and closer to José del Guaviare. I was exhausted after a long, sleepless night on a mini van from Bogota. Yet, I was ready for my adventure into the Amazon, in San José del Guaviare….

A weekend in San Gil, Santander.

Where I learnt to let go When I travel, I normally pick some cultural destinations. Better if somewhere sunny and warm, to flee Bogota’s moody and cold weather. This time, however, I decided to embark on a different journey. One involving adrenaline, and nature. I wanted to feel small, ppwerless, and to let go. That’s…

My 27th birthday. And my 6th away from home

This year on October 5th I woke up in my bed in Colombia, not really ready to celebrate my 27th birthday. And, my 5th birdday away from home.  Here is my chronology of my return of the day. October 5th, 2016. Brighton, UK. My first birthday off shore. I was spending a month in Brighton…

Let’s talk wormholes!

#WormholeChallenge Speaking about science is definitely out of my confort zone. That’s precisely why I’m doing it today. Let’s talk wormholes. A wormhole (or Einstein–Rosen bridge or Einstein–Rosen wormhole) is a speculative structure linking disparate points in spacetime, and is based on a special solution of the Einstein field equations. A wormhole can be visualised as a tunnel with two ends at…

Dentro la comunità indigena Kogi

Tiro fuori i 10,000 pesos e glieli porgo. Francisca li mette in un borsellino di tela. “Bienvenidas”, ci dice. Sua figlia di due anni corre scalza nella polvere, rincorsa da due bimbi dai capelli neri corvini.  Mi trovo all’ingresso del villaggio della comunità Kogi, una delle 4 comunità indigene (le altre si chiamano arhuacos, wiwas,…

Inside Bogota’s Botanical Garden

A photographic journey In 2016, I visited Rio de Janeiro’s Botanical Garden – I took hundreds of pictures and then lost them all, but that’s another story. Ever since that day in 2016, I felt reluctant about exploring botanical gardens in other cities of the world. None of them would be as wild, rich in…

Traveling as a Vegetarian: how to

Traveling as a vegetarian can be hard. Welcome to the golden guide to make vegetarianism exciting even while traveling. In 2018 I spent 6 months in India as an exchange student. I did experience the notorious cultural shock everyone talks about, but not when I arrived there. Instead, I felt it on my skin when…

How I feel about being in Colombia during the protests

Living in a foreign country in the middle of a socio-political conflict isn’t easy. May 9, 2021. Protests day number 13. Understanding how I feel about being in Colombia in the middle of the protests is complicated. Very complicated. Over the last days I have felt overwhelmed with a kaleidoscope of emotions about the ongoing…

Why Fuori Mura

I was walking back home from work the other day when it hit me. I was thinking, “should I go to the supermarket directly or I better go home first, drop my stuff and then, go to the supermarket? Well, my backpack it’s actually quite heavy (I filled a 3 litres water bottle at work,…

7 things I’ve learnt in my first 48 hours in Bogotà

On Wednesday, March 24th I woke up in Bogotà, Colombia. I immediately felt tired, thirsty, hungry and incredibly excited. Ahead of me were what I knew were going to be the first, and most intense hours of my entire experience. The first 48h are always insane: you don’t know the place and you need to…