Welcome to Colombia – First Stop – Cartagena

Well guys, I made it! (Also, welcome to my 50th blog post!)


I finally made it to Colombia. I will be staying in an Air Bnb in a location that I will announce later on. I have been enjoying my time here. Today is completing a full two days here. I arrived at like 1 am two nights ago. My Air Bnb is right on the water which is great. I can hear the waves as I write this right now! The food is pretty good so far, but I have actually been cooking the majority of my meals just to save some money as I am not currently making any income at the moment, but not to worry! I have some back up plans.

Anyway, today I walked around for a couple of hours finding a running route. If things go well, I will be running a marathon in Colombia. I think I can do it. I just need to get onto the running part and back to training as it has been about a week and half since I’ve ran due to traveling. Oof, I hope all that fried chicken in the DR didn’t get to me! HAH! okay. So, tomorrow I am going to run and get back on track.

Also, I went to the center of the city in Old Town. It is a beautiful part of the city. I visited the clock tower, the yellow wall, and a few other plazas that I will have to look into. I just kind of arrived and started to wander around haha. Well, nothing happened, saw a beautiful sunset on the wall and on the Caribbean, and it was great. I was a little hungry and didn’t want to spend 20 mil pesos+ (8 dollars ish) on over priced meals when I can pay like 3 or 4 for something very similar. But instead, I found a 1 dollar arepa! It had cheese ham and potatoes.  Estuvo rico! After, it started to get dark, and my roommate invited me out to go out to drink and dance. So, I am just waiting for that to happen in about an hour.


The city looked beautiful at night. I will find more pictures with time as time goes on. Also, a place I really want to explore is Getesmani, I think it is called. For the Peruvians and people who have read my past blogs, it seems to be kind of like the Barranco area. I am excited to see that part.


The beaches! You are probably wondering about the beaches. Well, being alone here. I haven’t really ventured off to go swim by myself at the beach. Nor am I the person to rent an umbrella and do nothing at the beach. For me, I need company at the beach. Sure, I did some walking along the coast, it looks pretty nice. But the beaches that are more spectacular are on the Islands. We will see how things go, and maybe I’ll take a trip to a few.



I am adjusting alright here I believe. Today I felt much more confident with myself and the city as I really didn’t feel any type of danger. When people talk to me or offer me things, I either ignore or smile and say no thanks and that’s that. However, they do like to heckle you a bit more at the beach which can be a tad annoying. Well, I’ll figure it out. 🙂


That is just the current update of what’s going on here. I’ll write soon!

Thanks for reading!


Worldwide Chris

Days Before Departure – DR

Good morning my friends!

We are coming down to days until leaving the country! That is right! Days! Here is something new that you may or may not have heard. I will be stopping in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC before I head out for Colombia! Those are all the details for now. I will share some more of my trip to come.

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I am absolutely ready to go! I finished my banking issues, quit my job, have some money saved, have a new job lined up, have some back up English teaching jobs on the back burner in case other plans fall through. I am mentally ready (I think lol). But, I want to share a little something with you about the reverse culture shock. As stated in previous posts, it is real. Now, it is getting reversed again! Let me explain.

Culture Shock and Reverse Reverse Culture Shock

After three months in the United States, I have been definitely getting comfortable. I wake up, drink coffee, read and write, play FIFA, work on my book, hang out with friends and little side things like sailing with my dad. Life has been great here. That being said, I am almost getting used to it, so mentally preparing myself to go back hasn’t been as easy as the first time when I visited the US in December. That time, I only spent a month here, so the reverse effect wasn’t as intense. But, no worries, I still want to go back it is just taking a little more effort to mentally prepare my mind and get back into that style of living.

I have my suitcase and backpack packed. I have seen the majority of my friends here that I wanted to see. Shout out to you Anthony, it didn’t work out this time bro. Love you!


What am I looking forward to?

  • Dancing

I am getting really excited to get back into the dance culture. I have been dying to go out every weekend here in the states, but it is a little more limited in where you can dance. So, that is going to be one of the first things I will do after buying a new SIM card for my cell phone.

  • Running

Those who know me know I like to run. I am getting excited about running on the coast of Cartagena. I really miss the water. I used to run on the coast of Lima all of the time near the bluffs and the beaches. I had my own route that I used to do for 6-10-12 mile runs. I already found an application that helped me map out my runs in Cartagena as well, which will be nice. I found a nice 10 mile loop that I can do which will help me for a potential MARATHON (pending work and training) in December! No promises, but I would love to end the year with a 26.2 mile run and check that off something I have always wanted to do!


  • Food

Colombian food as well is getting at me. I am ready to eat some good old greasy Colombia Arepas. I know my Venezuelan friends beg to differ on that topic, but I think they will be just as tasty. I swear the food here in the states give me headaches, and honestly it just doesn’t taste as good.


  • Boxing

Something that I want to get into in Colombia as well for the health aspect is kick boxing. I would love to make that into my daily/weekly routine for a release and a good stabilizer. I found that working out at the gym or running really helped ground me when I was back in Peru. So, I will be exploring my options there.

  • The Language

Lastly, speaking Spanish again full time will be great!!! I have been practicing and using it at home with friends on WhatsApp, but I have been losing particular accents and vocabulary, which quite frankly is probably my own fault because I could be doing so much more. I have been watching Bolivar on Netflix, writing in a Spanish notebook, and reading a Spanish book out loud to practice pronunciation.

That just about sums it all up for now. I haven’t made a post about the new internship that I am making or the new destination I am going to, but those will be following soon! After all, I will be spending many many hours in airports so I will have plenty of time to write up these posts.


Wrapping up, my experience in the States has been great. I spent a ton of time with family camping, sailing, eating, and other things while also enjoying the company of many friends, seeing many weddings and enjoying American amenities. Some of these people I haven’t seen for literally 3+ years. So, I am happy with my stay here, but I am so ready to go back and live more adventures! Special shout out to my family who have given me so much! I love them with all my heart! ❤ hope to see you down south!


Worldwide Chris


My first taste of the Amazon Jungle – Iquitos and Jenaro Herrera (Local Village)

Welcome to the Amazon Jungle!

Preparing for this trip put me on edge a little bit, because I had NO clue what to expect. In my past travel experience, I never really used tours because I just like exploring and doing my own thing. However, this trip I wanted a bit more guidance as I was terrified in exploring the jungle on my own account. Not because it was dangerous (not too much), but I just didn’t know what to expect. You know?

I started looking for some tours online and I finally found one that I was happy with. It was “deepish” into the jungle. The tour included 4 days all inclusive food and the necessities. We were told we were going to fish for Piranas, swim and see Pink Amazon River Dolphins, eat a ton of good jungle food, night hikes with animal sigh seeing, river rides seeing wildlife, and a few extra things.


I arrived in Iquitos airport terminal and there awaited my guide for my tour. I was the first one and greeted with water as it was HUMID and HOT. From there, I waited in the small bus and was told two German girls were coming and that was the complete group for our tour. Three people for a 4 days, heck yes!


We drove towards the main plaza. I was informed that I needed to buy bug spray and a headlamp. I freaked out about the bug spray, but I totally didn’t even need it.

*Mosquitoes in Wisconsin are totally worse than the jungle, unless you are literally sleeping outside at night*

We arrived at the plaza and ate some food. Being a tour, they took us to an “American” food restaurant, and I was not happy about that arriving, but it was what it was, so whatever haha.

After lunch, we took the small van to the port of Iquitos. This place was soooo Interesting! Here there were locally caught fish, Alligator, other crazy foods and something that I was so excited to try – Suri! Jungle Worms! I ate them cooked over the grill, and I even tried an alive one! I would recoommend anyone to try it, but I will tell you what. I won’t eat them again. It wasn’t bad, it was just more of a psychological thing.

I definitely recommend exploring the local markets here, because they are FASCINATING!

Iquitos is the largest city in the jungle that is not accessed by car! You have to take a boat in from a neighboring city or you need to take a flight to access this area. Another interesting thing you will notice is that the buses are made of wood, because they only import the engine, and not the frames because it is too expensive! Also, they barely have any type of car. It is typically all motorcycles, mopeds, and mototaxis!


The Amazon River

Oof! This river is huge! The current is much faster and stronger than I would have imagined. I don’t know why that never really occurred to me, but it not a safe river by any means. On our way to our lodge, the driver was telling us the locals use smaller boats with smaller motors and that sometimes the current is too strong from the rains upriver that if a tree trunk comes down the river it can sink and kill the people aboard just like that. I didn’t notice that until later while I was in one of those smaller boats on the side of the river on a branching stream feeding into the Amazon!


We took a boat maybe two hours upstream to one of the feeding rivers into the Amazon. 20190326_113026From there it took another 30ish minutes where we were quickly surrounded by different bird calls from the jungle canopies. We also entered local villages where kids were having fun canoeing in the handmade canoes. There were small markets on the side for the locals as well, with their chickens and other livestock roaming everywhere.


Activities (some)

  • Held a giant boa constrictor at the rehabilitation center
  • Held other animals like sloths, toucans, and others 
  • Hunted animals with a blow dart gun with the locals
  • Fished for piranhas
  • Settled into the lodge – greeted by monkeys
  • Night walk with many spiders and MOSQUITOES GALORE
  • Lunch in deep jungle with storms – SO PEACEFUL
  • Swung on a jungle vine like Tarzan – where was my long hair when I needed it?
  • Tried new foods
  • Listened to Jungle Myths and Legends
  • Returned to city
  • Explored the city of Iquitos (When I returned to the city life)


Honestly, there is too much to tell, and I could write too much about this, probably a small book about it. But what I highlighted in the bold are my highlights of entering the jungle on my tour.

Holding the wildlife was really cool! Check out some pics! 


Local tribal people taught the group how to shoot a blow dart gun dipped in some poison to kill and harvest animals. 


Fished and ate piranhas! 

Check out this CHOMPER

Swam in the Amazon River and saw pink river dolphins! I don’t have a pic of the dolphins 😥 


Back in the city, I stayed one night before planning to go to the next place of Jenaro Herrera! A small local town. But before I went, I spent time on the boardwalk in Iquitos looking at little gifts for family and friends, enjoying a cold beer, and enjoying the local scenery and people watching! I was asked to marry someone’s daughter while shopping lol.

Well, this post has quite a bit of content on it, so I will make a separate one for Jenaro Herrera in the next one! This one is full of interesting stories of SNAKE ENCOUNTERS!


Sorry, this post is all over the place. I have had so much caffeine, if you would like to know more about something, let me know in the comments here, Facebook, WhatsApp, or Email!

There is so much to tell and share. Here are some more pics!


Worldwide Chris