January – 2010 – Digital Nomad

Archives for January, 2010

Bus2Antarctica Video: Bogotá Street Life

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…

Bus2Antarctica: Bogotá High School Reunion

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…

Bus2Antarctica: Colombian Cow Coroner

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…

Bus2Antarctica: Choose Your Own Adventure in Cartagena

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…

Bus2Antarctica: 10 Ways Planes Are Just Like Buses

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…

Bus2Antarctica: Crossing the Darién Gap

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…

Bus2Antarctica: Frogs and Boats are Friends

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…

Bus2Antarctica: El Capitan

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…

Bus2Antarctica: Isla Coiba — Panama’s Prison Park

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…

Bus2Antarctica: Pura Vida

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.”…