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A few of us planned a different kind of relaxing trip to get out of the city again and head somewhere hopefully warm. Now that my home is Medellin for the month with its mostly spring like weather, lots of rainy days though, trips up to the northern part of Colombia just seems like the right thing to do. Nuqui happens to be in the west coast, Pacific side of Colombia. We took a 12 seat prop plane from Medellin's small airport directly to Nuqui with a 45 minute boat ride to arrive at our isolated resort of sorts [caption id="attachment_2252"...

I have been wanting to go to Rio for Carnaval for many years but just haven't been able to work it out yet. My friend who is an amazing photographer, Widger, who is from Brazil, has been going for over 25 years. He has full access tickets to shoot on the floor and really anywhere he needs to go. This past year I asked if he could get me a ticket but that never happened, oh well, next year then. Because I am living in Bogota me and my fellow travelers at Remote Year decided to head over to Barranquilla to see...

I have wanted to visit the Panama Canal for a long time and now that I have seen it, I can cross if off of my list. My friend Shari knew people who work at the Canal so we were lucky enough to get a Private tour. The canal now has a new much larger route that can handle huge ships that were unable to pass through in the past. The new wider and longer Canal opened last year but the observatory area is only on the original one and is truly an amazing spectacle of human ingenuity. Another amazing aspect of...

My friend John who works in Real Estate in New York called me to let me know that he will be heading to Cartagena Feb 2-6th so I decided to fly over from Bogota. The idea of being on a beach left me with no choice but to go. Many other Meraki Travelers in Remote Year are heading there at the end of the month but this was a good opportunity to party with some of my friends. Cartagena was fantastic! Cartagena has a real Caribbean feel to it, the people are darker in skin color than people from Bogota as...

So what is it like to travel with 80 people on the same plane? Well, it was pretty damn smooth. I did figure it would be a huge hassle for us to coordinate this but Remote Year people are extremely good at what they do. There was only one hiccup and that was when we arrived in Bogota at the airport one of the Program Leaders bag was stolen right in front of all of us. Now that totally sucked because it had her passport in it too. These are one of the many things that happen in this part...

This Guatemala trip was planned months in advance to meet up with my friend Sergio who lives in Guatemala City. He was my tour guide when I took a trip to Central America back in May of 2016 but I had to cut it short for family reasons and missed going to Guatemala. So we hit up Rio Dulce, Guatemala City, Flores and Tikal, Peten and Antigua. I arrived there on Monday the 16th and now I'm back in Mexico City, Monday the 23rd. Central America as a whole has a similar feel to me. The people and the food are consistent, dress...

So is there a better way to start off a New Year then with a true fresh start? Remote Year "Meraki" began with a party on a beautiful Rooftop space (Hotel Habita) for New Year's Eve. Myself and 15 fellow travelers shared drinks and intros for the night. The actual meet up of the whole group happened on New Years Day at our future work space, Publico, located in the area of Mexico City known as Roma Norte, a hipster Brooklyn like neighborhood. I did find it overwhelming to meet 81 new people in a span of a few days along with even...

Boynton Beach Florida is a real change from living in Manhattan, especially after being in NYC for 25 years you do get used to a few things. You never walk in Florida, you go from your home to your car, that's it. When you live in Manhattan you are always walking from place to place, taking subways or buses and always moving around. So this past weekend I went to see Art Basel in Miami, I love art shows and this was supposed to be the best of the best. My friend Marlena lives in South Beach, Miami so I stayed with...

Your memory is tested daily when it comes to remembering all of the important parts of your life when you need to move out of a city you have lived in for over 25 years. Change of address, taking care of ALL medical issues (including Eyeglasses, dentist, getting a physical, medicines you are taking,  meds you will need to take when you travel to exotic countries), licenses - driving and work related,  breaking off relationships with your cable company, homeowners insurance, newspaper delivery, credit cards, banks and there are a few that I left out I am sure. I am fully...