Valledupar, the capital city of Cesar department in the north of Colombia, is a small city in a gorgeous and privileged location sandwiched between the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the Serrania de Perija mountains. It is famous for vallenato music, the insistent, accordion-led songs which you will undoubtedly hear emanating from every bar and […]

El Gabo

  Gabriel Garcia Marquez will forever be remembered as a man of letters; a literary icon almost without equal, and the originator of the Latin American literary ‘boom’ with whom he is synonymous. However, what many people may not know is that music was as much, if not more, of a part of his life […]

Do you like Gilesy’s writing? If so, please take one minute to leave a comment of at least ten words here to help him win the award for best ex-pat blogger. Thanks! If I were to be glibly simplistic, as is my wont, I could say that Colombia is music; and it could be nearly as […]

A Sombrero Vueltiao

  Although everybody loves Colombia´s Caribbean coast (just check out last week´s gallery again if you yourself still don´t), sometimes I get the feeling that its inhabitants, generally referred to as Costeños, often get a raw deal. In particular, it sometimes appears that some residents of the two major Colombian cities, Bogota and Medellin, can sometimes […]