Costeñol – Learning the Loco Lingo from Colombia’s Northern Coast

¿Pa' qué Costeñol? One of the first things foreign Spanish speakers encounter when they arrive to Barranquilla is the regional dialect known colloquially and affectionately as Costeñol (a Spanish portmanteau made from Costeño and Español).  Today we will look at the meanings behind some of the fun and eccentric jargon from this region. First Things First Costeños (or people from the the...

Famous Places – the Luxurious Hotel El Prado

hotel el prado
The first in Colombia with a private bathroom and telephone in each room, and the first too with a semi-Olympic swimming pool, Hotel El Prado is one of the oldest and certainly the grandest of all hotels in the Caribbean region. With its huge terraces, wide open interior spaces and majestic gardens and hallways, Hotel El Prado is a...

Hiking in El Morro: A Mini-Adventure in Search of an Ancient Stone

El Morro
Sometimes an escape to nature like in El Morro is just what you need to recharge yourself and your senses.  According to a recent study in The Journal of Positive Psychology, being surrounding by and noticing nature makes you happier and equates to a “general sense of connectedness (to other people, to nature and to life as a whole).” In...

Take a day trip to Cartagena, the City of Passion

daytrip to cartagena
For many Barranquilleros, a day trip to Cartagena offers a chance to let go, to eat well, to shake their tails, kick off their shoes, and relax – it’s not as expensive as Miami, and it's certainly much closer; just a short 100kms up the coast. For Costeños, Cartagena is a sanctuary. Founded in 1533, Cartagena was the original port...

Take a day trip to San Basilio de Palenque, the Oldest Free Town

For a delightful hour that seemed mere minutes we sat around the back terrace of Rafael Maria Cassiani Cassiani’s house in Palenque, mesmerized by the soft voice of the folkloric hero as he regaled us with the stories of his adventures over the years. Bare-chested, sporting an enormous medallion, and sitting upon and twanging his marimbula, “el maestro” spoke at length about his part in the history of the town. Ma hende di tiela mi - (Palenque for 'the people of my land') Situated deep in the foothills of the...

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