Author Archives: Martha

Crowd Surfing Jesus

At dinner we watched a procession of musicians – brass section and percussion – haul Jesus down the street to the local church.

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Good morning from Riohacha

Activities start early here because the daytime heat is brutal.

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Arrived in La Guajira

View from my hotel, which is so new I think I am the first person to use this bed. The beach is a couple of blocks away.

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Unusual Eats

Hoof jello flavored with panela. And braised neck of lamb. (sorry no photos).

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Colombian Craft Beer

Tried two different craft beers from Colombia last night. That’s 3 Cordilleras sweet stout. A good start, but it was missing some of the crucial roasted flavors one expects, even from a sweet stout. And that’s Bogota Beer Company Chapinero, … Continue reading

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The Steepest Learning Curve

I don’t speak Spanish, but I’ve learned enough other languages that I pick them up quickly. I’ve been birding my entire fucking life, but trying to go from zero to properly ID’d thrush in Colombia may be beyond my capabilities. … Continue reading

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Arrived in Bogota

This was the last sight I saw on American soil, in all of its inexplicable glory: But today I got to enjoy this:

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Heavy Metal Birder Heads to Heaviest Land of All: Colombia

My day job is sending me to Colombia to report on a story about … (wait for it) … birding. I have prepared for this by scoring an exciting variety of vaccines, a brick-like field guide, and albums from a … Continue reading

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Birding in Shaolin

We are about to embark on our first birding trip in Staten Island. So we fortify with pizza. First stop Joe and Pat’s.

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A Pilsner is the Gothenburg Metal of Beers

Reasoning: Both got their start in a single city, Plzeň and Göteborg, respectively, which lead to a signature taste/sound. This popularity spawned derivative acts across the pond in the form of mass-produced pale lagers and metalcore. Beer style description: It’s a … Continue reading

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