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…

My adventures by voice

2016 is the year my life changed. However, I never could have guessed it. 2016 per se didn’t start well for me. I was coming out of a 2 year relationship quite heartbroken, and felt lost about my academic career. I wanted to quit everything. And so I did. I graduated earlier, while working two…

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…

Book of the month: La melancolía de los feos (May 2021)

La melancolía de los feos, by Mario Mendoza “La melancolía de los feos” (the Melancholy of the ugly) was the book I picked during my second month in Bogota, as my second Colombian reading. Written in 20216 by the Bogotan author Mario Mendoza, its story is moving, exciting, inspiring. Here is why. The protagonist of…

Learning French with non-traditional methods

How I did it, and how you can do it too When I moved to Brussels, Belgium in 2018 I didn’t know any French. It took me two months to become fluent in French with non-traditional methods. That’s the story for how I did it, and of how you can do it as well. 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…