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Renewing car permit in Colombia

Renewing car permit in Colombia

So we renewed our tourist visas and next was to renew the temporary car import permit. A fairly simple process, right in the middle of downtown Medellin at the DIAN office. The renewal is free of charge and there is a little bit of runaround like photocopies and...
The Big Turn Around

The Big Turn Around

Flexibility… the key to overlanding! Way back in May we left Chile into Bolivia, then on to Brazil, back to Bolivia, then to Peru. Now here we are in Ecuador and we’re making a big turn-around, heading some 3,000 km back southwards. It’s not the most logical of...

Colombia extended

On August 29th we entered Colombia and we intended to stay a month, maybe two. Today we extended our tourist visas in Medellin. How ’bout that? The process went fairly smooth. First you need to make an online appointment through Migracion Colombia web page 15...

Colombian prices

Not much of a budget statistics guy as sometimes makes no sense, but this time I drew up a list on Colombian prices. It’s far from complete but it gives a basic idea of what to expect, mainly food,gas and camping as we don’t spend on much more than that....
Rainy season

Rainy season

While traveling the Pan-Am seems like sooner or later one will catch up with the rainy season. Well, the shortest description I can draw up is ‘it rains, then it rains some more’. Sometimes it stops, the sun peaks out, then the clouds rearrange and the...
Off Leash

Off Leash

We walked around the village few times again today, with Blaze off-leash. The weather was perfect, cloud and sun mix after a rainy night. One more push to take some new photos in the 5×3 block area, just add dog and off camera flash. Think a little bit and...
Throwback

Throwback

How would my photos look if I have had visited Guatape, Colombia in the mid seventies shooting with a Smena 8M camera on Seagull Chinese b&w film?     The post Throwback appeared first on BARNA...
Why Guatape?

Why Guatape?

Why we’re staying this long in Guatape? Why not? We found a fairly good place to stay at Casa Kayam hostel, 5 minutes tuk-tuk ride or 20 minutes walk from the village center. You can visit Guatape in few hours or stay few days. That goes pretty much for any...
Colours

Colours

Guatape was pretty crowded today, it’s long weekend again. It was long weekend 7 days ago as well. Looks like Colombia is averaging two long weekends per month. Managed to shoot photos that look like the town was empty, it wasn’t. It was quite crowded. The...
5×3

5×3

So how many clicks one can take in a basically 5×3 blocks area? Looks like many. Sometimes is good to photograph the same thing over and over again to see if you can push a little bit yourself for better angles. Zoom in, zoom out, two steps left, two steps right....
Angle of view

Angle of view

Just like with anything else taking photos is coming down to angle of view. Seems like Earth is not expanding and the number of travellers with good quality cameras is on the rise. The difference is maybe, a capital letter MAYBE, coming from the angle of view and post...
Naive art

Naive art

The naive art like ‘zocalos’ aka the exterior decorations on the colourful buildings of Guatape is the main attraction of the Colombian village. It started some 100 years ago as the story goes and evolved into a tradition. Also the place where we drank the...
After the rain

After the rain

It was a gloomy rainy day yesterday. Seems like the whole word went sleepless. Then today the rain stopped and the clouds played a magnificent show up in the sky again. I zoom in with long lens searching for dramatic details. A bit of exposure compensating is needed...
Colourful Guatape

Colourful Guatape

We returned to the colourful and very touristy Guatape. So far this is the most touristy place I have we have been in Colombia, but phasing out ‘just me and the camera’ style brought nice photos along. Although the space is pretty tight I decided to shoot long lens....
High ISO

High ISO

It’s amazing how advanced digital cameras has became. Talking about 2-3,000 ISO few years back meant almost unusable photos. Nowadays it’s an acceptable range. OK, there is some noise, but the image is still within publishable limit. I took few high ISO...
Practice

Practice

Rainy season is about rain, which went on and off today. In one of those short windows when it stopped we went for a dog walk in the Arvi Park. In about 20-30 minutes into our walk the sky turned dark, it felt like dusk at 2 PM so we cut short the walk and returned to...
Cultural heritage

Cultural heritage

As computer, smart phones, malls and fast food is taking over the world tradition is slowly but surely is fading just about everywhere. I know, our generation was looked at the same way as we look at the next one.  The generation gap is not a new thing and holding the...
Guatape

Guatape

Guatape is fairly close to Medellin and seems like it’s quite a popular tourism destination. Among the attractions are El Penol, the artificial lake and the colourful streets of the small town. We started with ‘La Piedra Del Peñol’ a solitary...
Laundry

Laundry

Obviously we need to wash our clothes from time to time on the road as well. The hotter the weather the more often the wash. There are some days when wearing the same shirt the third day in a row it’s all-rightish. Now if you think laundry in the North American...