1. A Submarine State of Mind

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    Practicing taking out my regulator under water... looks like I'm dancing though.

    It may look like I’m dancing, but I’m actually practicing removing and replacing my regulator (the thing that lets you breathe) underwater.

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    Equalizin’.

    My instructor José (alias Jimbo), who took all the photos on his GoPro

    My instructor José (alias Jimbo), who took all the photos on his GoPro, and a curious sea lion

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    I was recently…

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  2. Quotidian Galápagos

    Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobál

    Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristóbal

    Mornings are quiet and slow, like a full-bodied stretch. More often than not, a fine drizzle covers the island and the early risers walk through it with confidence, knowing it to be temporary. Sea lions blanket the beaches, breaking the silence with all manner of belches and roars and deep-throated coughs. The sky is punctuated with large seabirds keeping an…

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  3. Genocide and Slavery: Pitstops on the Road to El Dorado

    Genocide and Slavery: Pitstops on the Road to El Dorado

    [To reach El Dorado] they crossed swamps and lands that steamed in the sun. When they reached the banks of the river, not one of the thousands of naked Indians who were brought along to carry the guns and bread and salt remained alive. As there were no longer any slaves to hunt down and catch, they threw the dogs into vats of boiling water… (Eduardo Galeano, Memory of Fire, p. 99)

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  4. Walls Speak Volumes in Bogotá

    Walls Speak Volumes in Bogotá

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    What do monochromatic walls have that graffitied walls do not? A sense of coherence, I guess, but that is not what civilization is about. Cities are made up of thousands of voices, the majority of which are never heard. The fact that Bogotá allows and even encourages the illustration of their public spaces provides a platform for the countless voices that might otherwise…

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  5. The Benefits of Travel-Induced Fear

    The Benefits of Travel-Induced Fear

    What is it about life that defies all expectations? I started this trip thinking I didn’t have any expectations, but now I think it’s absolutely impossible to go into any situation without subconsciously forming an idea of what will happen. Each day that has gone by, each step I have taken, has surprised me. I can already feel my travels hardening and strengthening me, breaking the mold I had…

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  6. Mountaintop Musings

    It’s been thirteen days since my feet left American soil and I placed them firmly onto the tarmac in Cartagena, Colombia, but I swear to you, that could have been a lifetime ago. Those same feet have walked further and endured more in less than a fortnight than I ever expected they could. I’m sitting here now on the rooftop terrace of my hostel in Santa Marta, Colombia, my legs a constellation of…

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  9. Arancini at Pizzeria Delfina.

     
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