Why Now Is a Good Time to Buy in Guatapé, Colombia

Why Now Is a Good Time to Buy in Guatapé, Colombia

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July 14, 2020

When I was doing my check-out trip to Medellín in early 2012, Guatapé was one of my first day trips to the countryside. I had lived on the coast of Maine for 27 years before my decision to move overseas, so I was used to having quick access to water. The lake area in Guatapé is the closest body of water to landlocked Medellín...

Panama’s Surprising Island Destinations

Panama’s Surprising Island Destinations

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July 13, 2020

Swaying palm trees, soft white sands, and warm waters of clearest blue…Panama’s islands epitomize the best of the tropics. Panama has hundreds of islands, but the island destination I visit the most is Contadora—and with good reason. It’s just a 20-minute flight from Panama City, where I live. (And yes, I’ve boarded some truly tiny planes since I moved here!)

Cyprus: Beaches, Mosaics, and Mythology on a Divided Isle

Cyprus: Beaches, Mosaics, and Mythology on a Divided Isle

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July 12, 2020

Cyprus is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa, and throughout history has been ruled by diverse civilizations. The Phoenicians, Assyrians, Ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Franks, Venetians, Ottomans, and the British have all left their mark. Today, this complex history is reflected in Cyprus’ fascinating cultural sites and its rich cuisine...

Eight Days Without English: A Deep Dive Into Español

Eight Days Without English: A Deep Dive Into Español

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July 11, 2020

After living in Spain for a year, I was impatient to ramp up my Spanish language skills. I’d hit a point where I could handle all the basic transactions of life, as long as the replies to my questions were short and simple, but my ambitions in Spain go beyond the basic stuff. I really wanted to delve into life here, and that meant getting a grip on the language...

Island Hopping in Indonesia: Nusa, Gili, Flores, and Lombok Islands

Island Hopping in Indonesia: Nusa, Gili, Flores, and Lombok Islands

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July 10, 2020

The archipelago of Indonesia is comprised of over 17,000 islands, many are uninhabited, and while Bali receives most of the attention, all of them are stunning in their own right. White- sand beaches, even pink-sand beaches in some cases and palm trees make a great backdrop for an early morning sunrise or lazy sunset drinks...

France Itinerary: A Journey Through Southern France

France Itinerary: A Journey Through Southern France

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July 7, 2020

Over the years, my wife, Joni, and I had travelled throughout France, usually staying a couple of weeks looking for the right place for our retirement. Each time, realizing even more that our retirement would eventually lead us back to France. But where? We had looked at Paris, delightful and exciting, but ultimately too expensive...