Pink dolphins frolic in the Colombian Amazon. Photo © Pruit Phatsrivong, licensed from Shutterstock.

Ten Surprising Facts About Colombia

From its rich biodiversity to its stunning natural landscapes, Colombia, where the Andes meet the Caribbean, has a lot going for it as a tourist destination. Here are ten things a first-time visitor should know about this culturally and ecologically diverse South American country before booking that ticket.

Author Tom Vater at the Angkor Archaeological Park at dusk.

Encountering the Khmer Smile in Angkor Wat

Tom Vater believes a “trip of a lifetime” need not be a trip to the end of the world, but it does perhaps need to be a trip that will linger in the memory long after one has returned home. For him, the very first time he visited Angkor Wat was such a trip, and he shares the moment that made him fall in love with Cambodia.

Color map of Argentina

Fortress Falklands: A Book Review

After the 1982 conflict in which Argentina invaded the Falklands, only to be dislodged after 74 days, Mount Kent had become home to a Royal Air Force radar station that was not open to the public.

The Brazilian flag on a white background.

Best English-Language Blogs about Brazil

Michael Sommers shares some interesting English language blogs that, instead of focusing on expat lives, shine a light on various themes or topics related to Brazil, its politics, economy, culture, and society. Taken together, these make for insightful, entertaining, and informative reading for Brazilianists of all stripes.

The Brazilian flag on a white background.

The Lives and Blogs of Expats in Brazil

Many of these expat blogs offer rich glimpses into life in Brazil—not just for those toying with the idea of living here, but for travelers interested in visiting Brazil, armchair Brazilianists, and readers with a penchant for postcards from the edge penned by 21st-century adventurers.

Man and woman at the beach

Thinking About “Wave Boy”

In Bahia, people wish each other “axé,” a word of Yoruba origin used in Candomblé, but which has entered the Bahian vernacular. It means “good energy” and I wished this for Dave the last time I talked to him.