The Inessential Necessities

Its easy to become so accustomed to luxuries that you begin to think of them as essentials. Dishwashers, dryers, microwaves, ovens, televisions, vacuum cleaners, a car… the list of things that I assumed were essential was quite lengthy.

Of course you can find these ‘essentials’ while living or traveling abroad, but I recommend living without them for at least a few months.

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Plans roughly made, roughly followed

Not many people don’t know where they’ll be in 6 months. Sure, your lease may be expiring soon and you may not know if you’re renewing or not… but for the most part people know.

Right now I don’t know.

(Warning: What follows contains no pictures or travel insights. It is me breaking the 4th wall, although perhaps not going full meta-analysis. Proceed at your own peril.)

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Wings, Pizza, and Burgers – La Cuisine de Medellin

Ok. You got me. Wings, pizza, and burgers aren’t technically Colombian. But if you stroll around Laureles I think you’d see how this is an easy argument to make.

There are dozens of wing, pizza, and burger places (as in dozens of each type of restaurant…although admittedly there are a lot of burger & wing places too!) within a mile of where I’m staying.

So, why is that? Do gringo digital nomads just want their wing, pizza, and burger fix and thus the market responded to demand? Or is something else going on?

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Miscellaneous Observations about Medellin, Colombia.

Last Friday I arrived in Medellin, Colombia and I brought with me a small dog and two pieces of luggage. In addition to those physical things, I brought thoughts, ideas, and assumptions.

View of Medellin as you drive in from the airport

Some of these were grounded in research while others were based on my past experiences traveling, and of course some were simply assumptions that I never stopped to consider.

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Backpacking Cumberland Island: Campgrounds

Looking to camp on Cumberland Island, well then you’re gonna need to figure out which campground you want to stay at!  Although some of the barrier islands seem like backcountry playgrounds that allow beach camping, everything is tightly managed at Cumberland befitting it status as a National Seashore.

If you’re just joining me, then perhaps you’ll want to check out my previous post which provides an overview of my trip to the island.  Otherwise, read on!

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Canoe Camping the Okefenokee Swamp

There is always a first time for everything. Or, there is always a first time for everything you do at least once. For me, this was my first time canoe camping. I’ve camped instead of staying in hotels on long road trips. I’ve RV camped. I’ve gone glamping. I’ve camped on overnight backpacking trips. But canoe camping? This was new to me.

And you know what? Its awesome. But, a goodly part of it being awesome was the location, and of the Okefenokee Swamp I do not think enough good things can be said.

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Cancun: A City Without a Cuisine to Call Its Own

The city of Cancun sprawls over an area of 764 square miles (or to use the locally preferred unit of measurement: 1978.75 square Metrics) and boasts a population of 628 thousand.  This puts it within a heaping tablespoon or so of the population of Las Vegas, while managing to cover more than 5 times the area of Sin City.

Yet, despite easily dwarfing all but 28 US cities in size, Cancun is just a baby.  In human years it might be considered middle aged, but since it was founded in 1970 it is the third youngest city listed on Wikipedia’s page List of cities in the Americas by year of foundation!  In fact, Cancun boasted a population of 3 before it was incorporated as a city.  This fact brings us to an awkward truth: Cancun does not have its own cuisine!

Today I had the opportunity to meet a person whose goal it is to bring something new to Cancun, making great Mexican food that offers something uniquely Cancunese.

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