Monday, January 19, 2015

LA CANDELARIA DE BOGOTA

"Sitting there, alone in a foreign country, far from my job and everyone I know, a feeling came over me. All I can say is that I felt, at the same time, joy and sadness. But not too much sadness, because I felt alive. Yes, alive." - Paris, I love You (2006)
I'm in love. Never have I felt this to a place except for my home country of course. But this place, La Candelaria in Bogota, gorgeous. Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez once wrote that what matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it. This is my last stop in this crazy journey of mine in the south, and I know that I'll remember it by heart.
Goodbye Colombia, goodbye South America!

— at La Candelaria In Bogota, Colombia














Sunday, January 18, 2015

THE STREET ART OF COLOMBIA

"The core of man's spirit comes from new experiences". - Into the Wild (2007)
Bogota, Colombia,  I didnt know anything about it. It was really just a three day stopover, and I wasn't really expecting much. But sometimes, it is with the least expected that we are rewarded with a great time. I was already in awe with Sao Paulo and Cochabamba's graffitis. And here in Bogota, the whole town became a willing canvass of great street art. I'm speechless.

 — in Bogotá, Colombia.




















Tuesday, January 13, 2015

THE LOST CITY OF THE INCAS

"How is it possible to feel nostalgia for a world I never knew?” - Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
The famous words from Che Guevarra as he entered the lost city. I was having goosebumps myself while treking up. The mountain was covered in a thick fog, and the mysterious place was slowly uncovering right before my eyes. It was magic.
 











Sunday, January 11, 2015

THE SIX HOUR WALK TO ONE OF THE SEVEN WONDERS

"This road will never end. It probably goes all around the world." - My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Five to six hours walk. One way. Just follow the rail tracks. That's what the other backpackers told me. From Sta. Theresa to Agua Callentes, I'd stay there for the night, wake up at 3:30 am, and prep up to trek the mountains to the lost city of the Incas. I mustered all my strength. This better be worth it.
 — at Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu






Friday, January 09, 2015

LA LUNA DE BOLIVIA

"To infinity and beyond!" - Toy Story (1995)
Valle dela Luna or Valley of the Moon, that's what they call it. A labyrinth of lunar-like surroundings that is definitely out of this world. The wonders of nature never fail to surprise me!