Nomadic [mis]Adventures

Brick buildings on a hill in Medellín

13 | MEDELLÍN

By Javi | November 13, 2018

I love Medellín! It is a gorgeous city! It is nicknamed The City of Eternal Spring because of its average temperature being 22.5º. At night, we get a cool 17º and during the day temperatures can reach 28º. Sounds like heaven, right? Wait, there’s more! The city is located in the Aburrá Valley, in the Andes…

Sunset in La Candelaria

12 | BOGOTÁ, PART II

By Javi | October 28, 2018

Bogotá is huge! I’m not sure but I think it can very well take 1 hour (or a bit more) to drive from one side of the city to the other. It seemed impossible to see everything in this monster city. And it was! The weather I mentioned in my previous post that this city…

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

THOUGHTS

By Javi | October 26, 2018

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash When I created this blog, I didn’t intend it to be super personal. Just a small record of the places we’ve been and the remarkable fuckups we’ve experienced. But I’ve been thinking lately. About a lot of things. And it feels like these thoughts are also part of the journey. Maybe…

A colorful street in Bogota

11 | BOGOTÁ, PART I

By Javi | October 21, 2018

PRE-FLIGHT The night before we left for Bogotá we stayed up super late. We were so exited about finally going to Colombia that we just talked and talked for hours until we realized what time it was. We had to get up at 6 am to catch our flight! I also have a harder time…

Street with plant-covered houses

10 | SAN ANTONIO DE ESCAZÚ

By Javi | October 15, 2018

This one will be short. We didn’t do much during August. As I’ve already said San José isn’t the most exciting place. Well, imagine it’s suburbs. We thought about staying Cocles for August but we made up our minds too late and our house was reserved for four days on the second week of the…

Cat on grass

TRAVELLING WITH CATS

By Javi | October 6, 2018

Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. A lot of people in nomad groups ask if it’s possible to travel with cats. A lot of people ask us how we manage to travel with cats. And although it’s not always the best case scenario, I can confirm it’s not that hard and it’s…

Finny on the window

9 | KITTY FREEDOM IN COCLES

By Javi | September 27, 2018

When we arrived in Cocles, Raina and Dave introduced us to Bird a.k.a. Sylvester a black and white tabby cat that had been living in the boat that is parked on the house’s yard. From what they knew, the man who lives in the house 6 months a year might have been feeding him and…

8 | THE DRIVE WEST

By Javi | September 21, 2018

When Kim flew in, it took her 16 hours to get to her Airbnb in San José and then another 5 hours to get to Puerto Viejo the next day. A flight Montreal – Toronto, then another one Toronto – Liberia, then a bus Liberia – San José and the next day another bus San…

Playa Cocles

7 | COCLES & PUERTO VIEJO

By Javi | September 21, 2018

July 1st. Moving day! When we were still in Nicaragua, Alex contacted a friend he knew lived in Costa Rica to see if she could help us find an apartment in Puerto Viejo and boy did she deliver! She had some friends that were managing rentals for a cute little house in Cocles which is…

Kitties on the bed

6 | SAN PEDRO DE MONTES DE OCA, SAN JOSÉ

By Javi | September 7, 2018

We returned to Mantras San Pedro many times during our week-long stay in San Pedro. Sometimes for breakfast, others for lunch or even an evening dessert and coffee. It was just so close to our place! We had rented an small studio in a sort of communal house. The owner shared it with at least 5…

Rio Escondido

5 | CROSSING THE BORDER

By Javi | September 4, 2018

When we arrived, we took a Caribe Shuttle and it was great. Caribe Shuttle is a private shuttle (mini-bus) company that basically does the main touristy towns in Central America. The only aspect I found strange was that we had to cross the border on foot and switch shuttles, but it went smoothly on our…

Sunset in San Juan del Sur

4 | THE BUBBLE OF SAN JUAN DEL SUR

By Javi | September 4, 2018

The room at Hotel El Jardin was booked for a week. Could we sell the quad (ATV) in that time? Ha! The uprising* of the Nicaraguan people had started on April 19 and Alex had been keeping an eye on what was going on. The whole thing started because it had been predicted that the…

Poolside view of beach and blue sky

3 | OFF WE GO!

By Javi | September 3, 2018

Ready to go On May 15, 2018, in my mother’s car you can find: Alex, Finny, Ruki and me One MEC 80L backpack (Alex’s) One Quechua 70L backpack (mine) Two Sherpa pet carriers, sizes L and XL One GSmini guitar case One Kala ukulele case One laptop shoulder bag One Patagonia laptop backpack One Zenit…

Plane ticket

2 | THE PREPARATION

By Javi | September 3, 2018

Note: This intro ended up being way longer than I originally thought. Bear with me. A lot of my friends know that since I was in high school (even before that, maybe) I wanted to be a full-time traveler. Actually when I was a kid I thought “tourist” was a job. That’s what I wanted…

Sunset over Montreal seen from plane

1 | OK, OK I’LL START A BLOG

By Javi | September 3, 2018

As I write this, it’s been 111 days since I left. Back then I just thought it would be enough to post pics on Instagram with short captions. But I have realized now that there is so much to tell and I end up flooding whoever texts me with random stories of things that happened. And…

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