Retro Perspective Colombia

Retro Perspective Colombia

Colombia after ongoing exploration of almost 3 month and now more than 6 month outside from Colombia. The goal of this article is to write like I did for the Retro Perspective Paraguay article a while ago. It’s a interdisciplinary mix of: biological, geographical and anthropological observations / analyses … quoting a open-minded french friend from Bolivia. During our 3 month long Colombia exploration, we did publish the 1st article: Colombia so far. The below displayed 33 photos are from my curated public 400+ Colombia Flickr photos

Retro Perspective Colombia

The conclusion so far is that Colombia is not what we where looking for. I’m my naivety and ignorance :-) We hoped to find the Colombia I knew from living there during 85 – 86 and when I visited again during a few weeks in the year 1997. Of course that Colombia had long been exchanged with a totally different Colombia. Change is the only constant in life … In my memories I had a clear beautiful, romantic, chaotic picture of Colombia and its warm hearted people. Back then it was most normal NOT be on time etc. nowadays thanks to the great globalization Colombians are more on time than a few Swiss citizen I know… The so called  progress / modernization and globalization seems to have eaten my Colombia … in a breeze of air – record time. Never less we have met old and new friends and it was after all again very enriching.

Our expectations where very high but Colombians tourist agency say that: “The risk of Colombia is you may want to never leave.” This obviously did not work out as planned because right now we are in Ecuador.

:-)

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Retro Perspective Paraguay

Retro Perspective Paraguay

As many of you know, Btina and myself decided we wanted a change in our life. We left Switzerland and started our exploration of the South American continent, slow traveling with Paraguay in August 2014.

Our goal was and still is to find a piece of land of our own to start our own self-sufficient, cooperative / eco farm / hostel and co-working / co-living space / nature reserve / eco-tourism / reforestation build with the aid of the brilliant  permaculture principles. We plan to build natural buildings with adobe, bamboo or whatever makes sense depending where we finally settle. We plan to work with locals as well as volunteers to build all of those future projects.

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Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia

Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia

After having spent some month living in the mountain village of Samaipata and exploring the region and the surrounding valleys in the Yungas, we decided that we had enough of the humid cold nights and the too strong sunshine during the day there and moved to the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Read more

Wild Bolivia

Wild Bolivia

We, Btina aka GreenTina and I have been exploring Bolivia for a little more than 90 days now. It’s located in the center of South America. Bordered by Brazil to the east, Paraguay and Argentina to the west and Chile and Peru to the north. Bolivia hosts the encounter of South America’s three most important macro regions, which are the Andes, the Amazon and the Chaco. It remains the continent’s least populated country. It’s the forgotten jewel of South America, its geographical, cultural and energetic center. Oblivion and underdevelopment -burdens that have forced half of the Bolivians to live outside their country- has its curious advantages. Ecologically speaking, Bolivia is one of the least devastated and exploited countries in the world. It preserves 85% of its original vegetation coverage. Read more