Archives for January, 2010

Andrew Evans provides us a glimpse of the street life in Bogotá’s city center. I had great fun exploring the Colombian capital of Bogotá and was amazed what an artistic city it is. The wealth of art deco architecture, the splendid museums, talented street artists, and funky décor all around town surprised me. With so…

Andrew Evans arrived alone in Bogotá in Colombia, but quickly found himself among friends. Follow Andrew’s Twitter feed @Bus2Antarctica and bookmark all of his blog posts here. It’s a very small world after all. I doubt any of the original polar explorers ran into old high school friends on their journeys but then again, Shackleton…

Andrew Evans recounts his run-in–literally–with an unfortunate cow while traveling from Cartagena to Bogotá in Colombia. Follow Andrew’s Twitter feed @Bus2Antarctica and bookmark all of his blog posts here. I did not wish for casualties on this trip, but when it happened, I was ready. My first bus in South America (my 19th bus since…

Andrew Evans’s pre-adolescent love for all things pirates was evoked while traveling through the Colombian city of Cartagena. Follow his entire trip to Antarctica here. Forgive me while I generalize for a bit: All little girls go through a princess phase. It starts around age four and starts waning around age seven or eight. Disney…

Yeah, ok, so I cheated a little. After staring out across Panama’s Caribbean coast and finding my way to South America blocked by rough seas and banditos, I hopped a quick flight on Aero República from Panama’s Tocumen airport to the colorful city of Cartagena, Colombia. My flight time (from take-off to touch down) was…

Andrew Evans is traveling by bus from Washington D.C. to Antarctica. In today’s dispatch he explains how he conquered the Darién Gap. I am always open to travel advice but I try very hard not to let other people’s opinions prejudice my own view of a place. Let any city speak for itself and embrace…

Upon passing through Panama, Andrew Evans pauses to contemplate the fate of the country’s amphibian population. As I traveled through the engineering wonder that is the Panama Canal, I saw thousands upon thousands of corrugated steel shipping containers all stacked like colored Legos–sometimes five or six stories high. The passing cargo ships (filled to the…

Andrew Evans visits the bridge of the National Geographic Sea Lion, and catches up with the ship’s captain, David Sinclair. Every bus has a bus driver just like every ship has its captain–whether you’re carrying 60 passengers across the country or across the sea, someone has to be in charge and steer the thing in…

Andrew Evans has reached Panama, and it about to cross into South America. Here, he explores the former penal colony of Isla Coiba. Whenever people talk about the phrase “comfort zone,” I think about sharks. Most travelers use the term to compare cultures–how in some countries, everyone’s up in your face while in others, they…

Andrew Evans has been traveling on board the National Geographic Sea Lion, from Costa Rica to Panama, on his journey to Antarctica. Today he discusses the many definitions of Pura Vida. Cruise ships are often the worst places to experience local culture. They’re often impersonal and far removed from the destination they are supposedly “visiting.”…

Andrew Evans is currently traveling on board the National Geographic Sea Lion. Here, he recaps his recent visit to Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park.   The tropical rain forest is the exact opposite of Antarctica: it’s steamy hot, always wet, bright green, and crawling with life both day and night. This week, my journey south…

After hightailing it through Central America, Andrew Evans is now traveling on the National Geographic Sea Lion to Panama (he’ll explain why he had to ditch the bus below). Be sure to watch on the Panama Canal Cam tonight at around 6 p.m. ET to see the ship pass through the Miraflores Locks. And click…

And now, Part II of Andrew Evans’s harrowing and somewhat remarkable border crossing. Click here for Part I. Kids, don’t try this at home. You should never ever hitchhike. It’s really dangerous because, really, who knows what could happen? What could happen is it might be 10 p.m. and you’re standing on the Costa Rican…

Andrew Evans recounts his dashing Costa Rican border crossing. Stay tuned for Part II of the adventure. Mea maxima culpa, I have just committed the ultimate travel sin: I have visited too many countries in too short a time. If foreigners aren’t deriding Americans for traveling enough, they chide us for our propensity to skip…

Andrew Evans shares a taste of the road food available on Guatemalan buses. Words are powerful tools. They can start wars and make people fall in love. They can make you cringe or make your mouth water. After three hours on a bus from Guatemala City, I heard the chilling cry from the road–two words…

Andrew Evans recaps his experience riding on a chicken bus along Guatemala’s precipitous mountain roads. Riding a chicken bus is a kind of traveler’s right of passage. That people are carrying live chickens immediately defines the bus as local and authentic. It’s also kind of silly and crazy since chickens do not make good passengers,…

Andrew Evans is hightailing it through Mexico and Central America in an effort to catch the Sea Lion, a National Geographic/Lindblad expedition that will take him from Costa Rica to Panama on his way to Antarctica. Here’s a glimpse of what he saw of Mexico from the bus window. The acronym ADO stands for Autobuses…

After a week on the road, Andrew Evans checked in yesterday with the team at Fox News in D.C., giving us all an update on how the trip has gone so far, and a glimpse of the week-old beard that was a hot topic of discussion on his Twitter feed yesterday morning. Andrew hopped a…

Andrew Evans is traveling by bus from D.C. to Antarctica and just recently passed through Mexico into Guatemala. After stopping to sleep, he got the chance to describe crossing over the U.S./Mexico border. Most people don’t realize that Texas is nearly as long as it is wide. So it took me nearly eight hours of…

Andrew Evans has made his way through Mexico and is now in Guatemala, riding this bus as we speak. Here’s a summary of some of his best tweets since entering the country. Stay tuned for more, and follow along on Twitter @Bus2Antarctica. ¡Bienvenido a Guatemala! Pasaport stamped & walking up the street of fluttering blue…

Andrew Evans has already conquered the United States and crossed the border into Mexico, and offers a snapshot of the people he’s encountered so far. I may be traveling by myself on this trip, but the great thing is that I’m not riding alone. But who are the people who take the Greyhound in the…

Traveler contributing editor Andrew Evans spent the weekend traveling by Greyhound bus from Washington D.C. to Houston on the first leg of his Bus2Antarctica quest, and just started the second leg, which will have him crossing over the Mexico border. Here’s a recap of what he’s seen so far. Be sure to follow his Twitter…

After 38 continuous hours of traveling through America’s south, Andrew Evans has arrived in Houston and is taking a well-deserved break for the day (and taking the opportunity to catch up with his folks). Throughout the trip so far, he’s been sending off his colorful and poetic missives on Twitter @Bus2Antarctica and has already amassed…

Andrew Evans woke up bright and early on this new year’s day and stood outside the bus stop in front of National Geographic headquarters, where he planned to begin his 10-week, 10,000 mile journey to Antarctica. A group of family and friends (carrying cardboard penguin cut-outs) came to see him off, including Traveler editor Keith…