San Diego Coast

A while ago I spent a day travelling down the San Diego coastline and taking a photography tour with El Presidente.  We passed through Encinitas and stopped briefly at San Elijo State Beach.  We continued south down to my old stomping grounds in unpretentious Ocean Beach. There we visited the beach, pier, and Sunset Cliffs, a little further south.  We passed over the blue Coronado Bay Bridge and spent the rest of the afternoon in the park and on the beach in Coronado next to the famous Hotel Del Coronado.

I put together a slideshow of the photography tour below…

San Diego North County Coastline

San Diego North County Coastline

 

 

El Presidente snapping some shots at San Elijo State Beach

 

Surfers catching some waves

Surfers catching some waves

San Elijo State Beach shoreline


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One Month In Mexico In Five Minutes

A while back I wrote about my One Month In Mexico, detailing my experiences and what I learned from my time there. Now I’ve put together a short video of the highlights from those experiences.

So, below WHDIGH.COM presents to you One Month In Mexico In Five Minutes!

Antigua Ruins : La Recolección

Monasterio Y Templo De La Recolección was built in the early 1700s and severely damaged by several earthquakes since it’s construction. It costs international tourists $5 (40 Quetzales) to enter the grounds and will take most people about an hour to walk around the grounds. Students receive a discount and will only need to pay 20 Quetzales or roughly $2.50 USD. The ruins are located very close to the bus station in town and not much farther away from the main market as well.

It feels a bit odd walking around the ruins as there are several tons of rubble and masonry still lying around in the church. Somehow it seems like the earthquake could have destroyed the church just days ago even though it has been several years. I would recommend visiting La Recoleccion ruins for this odd feeling alone.

Take a look around for yourself…


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Colombia In 18 Days! The Whole Schibang

For the last six Mondays we’ve brought you a review of each stop from an 18 day group trip down the backpacking trail through Colombia. We started in Bogota, and then made our way to San Gil, Barichara, Cartagena, Tayrona National Park, and Medellin.

Hopefully you enjoyed the videos, if you missed them you can click on the links below.

Right now maybe you’re busy or you only have so much time or maybe you just like seeing each stop by itself. Well these are the links for you. Pick your shot! Or take them all, we’ve lined them all up on the bar for you!

Part I – Bogota

Part II – San Gil

Part III – Barichara

Part IV – Cartagena

Part V – Tayrona Nat’l Park

Part VI – Medellin

Or maybe you want to chug the whole trip like a cold can of beer. Well, you can do that too. Just click on the video player below and you can watch the stops summarized all into one video.

Or maybe you’re totally hardcore. Maybe you wanna go way beyond just chugging a can of beer. All right, we have something just for you maniacs. If you’re ready for the whole freakin’ show or you want to do a keg stand, click on the link below!

If you have any questions regarding Colombia leave me a comment or send me an email and I will answer them as best as I can. I’m happy to make suggestions or help with planning an itinerary.

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WHDIGH Series: “I Did Not Know That” — History Of La Antigua Guatemala

Once again I reveal to you how much I didn’t know before I traveled and hopefully how much I’ve learned in the process of traveling, usually without really even trying. That’s right, it’s time for some learnin’. Once again, WHDIGH.COM shouts out…
“I DID NOT KNOW THAT”

Last time I DID NOT KNOW THAT Mexico City was built on top of a giant lake and because of that fact the giant metropolis is now sinking! This installment of the Well, How Did I Get Here? Series : I Did Not Know That features a summarized history of Antigua, or La Antigua Guatemala. At one time Antigua, Guatemala was the capital of almost all of Central America and also of the Chiapas region of southern Mexico. The history of Antigua has been dramatically influenced by the history of other cities within Guatemala. Due to changing circumstances the capital of the Spanish colony of Guatemala has changed several times. The final relocation of the capital is a fundamental reason why Antigua is the way it is today.

In 1524 the Spanish conquistadors established the first capital of the Spanish colony in Iximche. In November of 1527 the capital was moved to the Valley of Almolonga after several uprisings by the Cakchiquel Mayans. Today this is the location of the city named Ciudad Vieja. This capital city was destroyed by a devastating mud flow from Volcan de Agua on September 11, 1541. After the destruction the capital was moved once again, this time five miles away to the Valley of Panchoy where modern-day Antigua sits.

Volcan de Agua looming behind a street in Antigua, it was a mudslide from this volcano that destroyed the 2nd capital of Guatemala and prompted the relocation of the capital to Antigua


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Colombia In 18 Days! Part VI — Medellin

We now continue Colombia In 18 Days!, reviewing a 18 day backpacking trip through fascinating Colombia in the fall of 2010. If you want to see the previous installments of this review please click on the links below. At the bottom of each article is a video with more photos and videos for a more detailed look into each destination.

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

Last week I reviewed our time exploring Tayrona National Park. From there we took a taxi to Santa Marta Airport. We then flew to The City Of The Eternal Spring, Medellin. By that time we had grown tired of the epic, freezing, and dangerous bus journeys through Colombia.

flying into Medellin


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Colombia In 18 Days! Part V : Tayrona National Park

We now continue Colombia In 18 Days!, reviewing a 18 day backpacking trip through fascinating Colombia in the fall of 2010. If you want to see the previous installments of this review please click on the links below. At the bottom of each article is a video with more photos and videos for a more detailed look into each destination.

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Last week I reviewed our time in and around Cartagena. From Cartagena we headed out to see Tayrona National Natural Park. After a night in a dodgy hostel in Santa Marta we took a taxi to the national park. It was pouring down rain when we arrived without reservations for the night! Fortunately for us we came across Castilletes Campground which was completely vacant when we arrived. Unfortunately there was no electricity as well, but for one night it wasn’t much of a problem.

the entrance sign to Castillete

the road leading into the campground

the main house at Castillete, rumored to be a former hideout of a drug kingpin

hammocks and camping space

The morning that followed we woke up early to attempt to escape the mid-day heat for our hike through the jungle and along the beaches.

after a short walk along the road we entered into the jungle on the trail


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Antigua House Party

A few weeks back all of the guests living here at Itzamna Spanish School in Antigua decided to put together a farewell house party for two people who were leaving. Everyone chipped in some money and we feasted on a delicious home made meal including grilled chicken. We brought out the stereo and sang and danced the night away. It was a lot of fun and a great way to send off some friends.

the party spread

grilled chicken

In addition to being fun, a house party is a fun way to stretch out your travel funds. Going out for a night can oftentimes put a serious dent in your travel funds. So save a little cash and bring the night in ,especially if you enjoy the company of the people around you.

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Colombia In 18 Days! Part IV — Cartagena

exhausted after a long journey from San Gil to Cartagena

After our rafting adventure near San Gil and our sightseeing in Barichara our adventure continued in mesmerizing Cartagena. I don’t think that you could find many people who’ve visited Colombia that would not conclude that Cartagena is an essential place to see in Colombia. In Cartagena we saw a Spanish fortress, the colonial Old Town, the beach at Bocagrande, enjoyed incredible nightlife, and visited a nearby mud volcano!

If you’ve missed any of the previous entries about our trip, 18 Days in Colombia!, you can click on these links below:

Part I – Bogota

Part II – San Gil

Part III – Barichara

Be sure to watch the video at the bottom of this article to see more photos from Cartagena and to see what it was like to be inside a mud volcano!

One of the best experiences in Cartagena is free! Just walking around inside the walled city is free. There are a number of sculptures, shops, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in the colonial Old Town.

Clock Tower Building entrance into the walled Old Town

a street inside the walled city

shops in Old Town


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Antigua Ruins : Church and Convent Of Santa Clara

Only three blocks from where I currently reside are the ruins of the Santa Clara Church and Convent. The entrance fee is 40 Quetzales for foreign visitors and slightly less for students. The original temple and convent was built in 1705. This version was completed in 1734 but has been damaged severely by earthquakes since its construction. The grounds are pleasant to walk around and to imagine what it must have been like to live here in the past. Particularly impressive are the arches surrounding the central courtyard and fountain. The ruins are located at the corner of 6th Street East and 2nd Avenue South, only three blocks from Parque Central. Be sure to watch the video slideshow at the bottom of the page to see more of the ruins.

exterior entrance for parishioners to the temple

parishioners entrance to the temple


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