Snorkeling with Sharks in the Galápagos Islands

Day trip with the Sea Lion to Paltra Sur (©photocoen)

"Shark!" I was facedown in the water, following a schools of surgeonfish weaving their way among the rocks, yet the word registered loud and clear. I looked up and saw my partner Coen waving frantically, pointing to something underneath his body. … [Read more...]

Getting the Lowdown on Bogota’s Graffiti Culture

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When we reached the end of the tour, I was already thoroughly impressed. And then we rounded the corner to discover four massive graffiti murals that just sung of revolution, of angst-y political statement and dissatisfaction. They were commissioned … [Read more...]

Strolling Around Uruguay’s Most Scenic Village: Colonia del Sacramento

Calle de Suspiros (©photocoen).

I pick up the thermos and fill up the gourd with mate, a popular herbal tea in Uruguay. It's a drink you share with others, so I hand the gourd to my partner Coen, who takes one last photograph before he sits down next to me. We're sitting on a … [Read more...]

Discovering Franciscan Churches around Asunción, Paraguay

Hand painted altar in a Franciscan church (©photocoen).

It all started with a photo: a beautiful photograph of an old wooden altar featuring an angel killing a devil, painted in blue tinges. Some of the paint had chipped off and the wood was damaged, and it was clearly a piece from colonial times. The … [Read more...]

Reliving Games in Brazil’s Soccer Museum of São Paulo

The soccer museum in São Paulo's Pacaembu Stadium. (©photocoen)

"The defeat of all defeats," the Brazilian headlines recently cried after Brazil's devastating loss against Germany in the World Cup 2014. Losing 7 to 1 on your own territory in the semi finals is a major crushing indeed. For the second time Brazil … [Read more...]

Scaling the Walls of Cartagena

The Old City

Having traveled quite a bit in Central America, with some unfortunate soirees in the rather gruesome metropolises, the first surprise I got from Cartagena was that people — droves of people — were still out on the streets at night. My flight had … [Read more...]