Front Doors in Cartagena’s Downtown

Front Doors in Cartagena’s Downtown

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014 in Americas, Colombia, Photography | 2 Comments

For awhile, I’ve been wanting to photograph some of the homes scattered along the narrow streets in Cartagena’s downtown neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are usually quiet–just beyond the bustling tourist attractions and restaurants. Filled with bright colors, peeling paint, intricate architectural details, overgrown plants and people with somewhere to go…   -Text and photography by Sarah Shaw @ www.mappingwords.com. […]

It rained in La Boquilla.

It rained in La Boquilla.

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Americas, Colombia, Photography | 3 Comments

A couple weekends ago, it poured in La Boquilla. The rain pummeled down in one giant burst that lasted an hour, flooding the main road with a stagnant pool of brown liquid. I had plans to meet my friend at the beach, but instead, I stayed put. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in Colombia, […]

Mapping Movement: a week on the coast

Mapping Movement: a week on the coast

A few weeks ago, I took my map obsession to the next level by enrolling in a free MOOC on Coursera titled, Maps and the Geospatial Revolution. In the first week, we discussed why we use maps. I personally use maps in several ways, the most obvious being to navigate new places (even though I’m […]

Camping in the Caribbean: Tayrona National Park

Camping in the Caribbean: Tayrona National Park

Taroko, Terelj, and Tayrona. Is it a coincidence that the last three national parks I’ve explored have started with the letter T? Tayrona, however, is located far from the others–outside of Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. A couple months ago, José and I embarked on a last minute trip to Tayrona, taking advantage of our […]

2013 in Photos: Goodbye Korea, Hello Colombia, and some stops in between

2013 in Photos: Goodbye Korea, Hello Colombia, and some stops in between

Maybe it’s the tropical climate, or maybe all the shuffling around, but it’s hard to believe that Christmas is in a few days and we’re nearing the end of 2013. Also, I just realized that I’ve been blogging for two years, and I have published 200 entries. Insane! I spent a couple hours this morning reading […]

Christmas in La Boquilla

Christmas in La Boquilla

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Americas, Colombia, Photography | 4 Comments

The weather may be hot, but that hasn’t stopped Boquilleros from creating Christmas decorations that resemble the environment of their northern neighbors. Styrofoam and paper cup snowmen, CD wreaths, and Christmas trees from plastic bags, recycled bottles and old tires line the streets. At night, the dirt roads are illuminated by arches of lights blinking […]