About Me

Traveling is my passion. I love visiting new places, taking in new views, sounds, and smells, soaking up and observing new cultures and traditions, and meeting new people. Over the last several years I’ve been given the opportunity to get a lot of traveling under my belt, and I don’t see the travel bug leaving me any time soon.

I originally created my blog as a way of  keeping family and friends up to date on my global adventures when I set off to be a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Leeds, England. However, living as an expat (at least temporarily) lends to lots of traveling, and I not only want to share my adventures, but give others the chance to recreate the journeys I’ve taken. So, in order to do this, I’ve decided to develop not only into an outlet for sharing my travel adventures, but also as a way to share travel advice and tips to my fellow globetrotters, hopefully infecting them with the same passionate travel bug that infected me many years back…

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  1. I’m a writer and the instructor in an online course offered in 2002-2004 by Barnes & Noble University on The Lord of the Rings. I’m in the process of writing a set of essays on that topic for publication in e-book form, and I came across a beautiful comment by Mónica Florez, one of the course students from Colombia. I would like to use her comment in some form in one of the essays I’m publishing, but my searches have not found her yet to ask her permission for use of her expression. One search turned up your blog here, where her name is mentioned. I don’t know whether or not this is the same person.

    If the Mónica Florez of your acquaintance is not the same as the one I’m looking for, please disregard this post. Otherwise I would appreciate a comment response here or a Facebook response if that is possible. I’m on Facebook under my name, Dana Paxson. If you wish to make a comment reply here instead, I’m receiving follow-up comments by e-mail from your blog, so that would work as well.

    Sincerely, and with best wishes,


    • Yes! Monica is a good friend of mine. If you could give me your email, I would be happy to send you her contact email, or if you add me on Facebook I can suggest her to you on there 🙂 Let me know what’s easier for you…

      • You are usurping the original trotamundas name which was created , as it does not exist in the spanish language, by the owner of the website trotamundas.com in 2004. It is now owned by Trotamundas Press. If you dont stop changing the name of your blog you will be sued legally. You are misleading people and your website and its contents are not approved of by the original owner of the name trotamundas as they are of a different type of content

      • I am sorry. I don’t understand. Feel free to send me an official and legal notification explaining how my personal blog is violating the law.

  2. Great! I contacted you on LinkedIn to connect there – I’m also on Facebook under Dana Paxson. You can friend me there and put Mónica in touch with me if that makes sense. I’m so glad you responded so quickly! Thank you very much! – Dana

  3. Hi! I’ve been following your blog since last year when I moved to Colombia and I really enjoy your writing…your observations are spot-on with a lot of my experiences here 🙂 I moved to Barranquilla from Bogotá about a week ago as the director of a group of volunteer teachers here, and I’m slowly trying to get a feel for my new city! I was wondering if you have any advice about apartment-hunting here – I’m currently staying with the friend of a friend in Miramar but it’s just too far away from a lot of the places I have to go for work so I’m trying to find a new home in the next week or two. Do you have any tips? I’ve been primarily looking at http://www.compartoapto.com and El Heraldo. Thanks!

    • Hi! I am so glad you enjoy my writing. I haven’t been posting as frequently as I’d like, but hopefully, soon, I’ll get back on the ball 🙂

      As far as apartment hunting goes… where are you working? Do you know the neighborhoods here? I live in Granadillo. I would recommend Altos del Prado, Prado, Boston, Cuidad Jardín, Porvenir, Granadillo, Villa Santos…. I know people who live in these neighborhoods and they are fairly central for most things. BUT, it depends on where you are working.

      I have found it’s best to walk around int he neighborhood you’d like to live in and inquire in the buildings as you walk by if there are vacancies. You can find SOME listings online, but the majority are NOT posted online. Also, the listings online tend to be more expensive than the ones you find on foot.

      Maybe that helps you? Let me know if you have more questions!

      • I’m mostly working from home, but occasionally have meetings or visits to schools toward the center/south. I’m slowly getting a feel for the neighborhoods but I know that Miramar is just a bit too far out of the way and everything is more expensive up here…plus I’d really prefer a place to myself if I can find one! Sounds like walking around is the best way to go, so that’s what I’ll be doing this week 🙂 Thanks for the advice!

  4. I’m enjoying your blog, Paige! Thanks for connecting!

    • Thanks! I’ve only read two of your posts, but Im looking forward to reading more 🙂

  5. Hi Paige, thank you for promoting my country Colombia. I will like to contact you about being part of a Travel Bloggers community here in Colombia. How can I reach you? You can email me annieburbano@gmail.com


    • Hi Annie! I would love to be a part of the Travel Bloggers community. I just sent you an email from my Gmail account. If you’d like, you can send me more information there 🙂 Thanks!

  6. Thanks for following, which led me here – I’m looking forward to reading all about Colombia before I visit this summer.

    • 🙂 Awesome. I am hoping to update some of the “places to visit” sections of my blog soon, so check back before you head this way, and let me know if you have any specific questions! Cheers.

  7. Hi Paige, I’ve recently started to follow your blog and I love it. Specially because in ten months, my wife and I will be moving from Toronto, Canada, to Barranquilla. I’ve been there a few times since my father-in-law lives there, but I was only there a couple of days. I’m trying to get a feel to what’s like to live there from an expat’s perspective. I have a TESL certificate, a college degree in Information Processing, and speak English and Spanish fluently. How easy do you think it would be for me to find a job in Barranquilla that pays a decent salary? Thank you for the info.

  8. I’m going to start following your blog as I (just) started looking for expats to follow. I grew up in Colombia and am going to a reunion in June. I haven’t been back for years so am reading your posts with interest. ( I have done a bit of research however because my new novel is set in the Andes Mountains on a coffee finca.)

  9. A Place In the World is set in the cloud forests of Colombia. The story is about a young biologist ex-pat who marries a Colombian and goes to live on a remote coffee finca. “Stuff happens”, and she ends up running the finca alone. But the novel is essentially about the interactions of an international cast of characters and an excuse to write about the culture and the rainforest. Check out my blog for more info. (The book is available as an EBook on Amazon and just came out in paperback this week). Thanks for asking!

  10. Cinda, sounds very interesting. I will sure check it out.

    Paige, thanks again for the info you sent me by email. I hope we can keep in touch. For me, the time is slowly but surely approaching and I am very excited about it. Cheers!

  11. Hi Paige,

    I’m enjoying your blog : ) I’ve been in Colombia a few months, teaching at a university. I was wondering how/where you found info on the salaries offered at different schools. I’m having no luck and I’m curious to see how what my uni offers compares to other unis.

    Also, if you could recommend any sites or articles detailing/explaining Colombian workplace culture I’d be most grateful. I’m having quite the *adaptational experience* and would perhaps be comforted by a good read ; )


    • Hi Angie!

      I, honestly, had a hard time finding salaries listed online. The best I could do was send emails to schools and/or call the secretaries to ask. Sometimes I got answers and sometimes I didn’t. Another way to go about it it to try and contact someone who worked there or is currently working there. Employees tend to have more information and are more willing to talk details with you 🙂

      Right now, I don’t have much handy on business culture here–here’s one article, though: http://www.culturecrossing.net/basics_business_student.php?id=46.

      Good luck and let me know if you have more questions!


  12. Thanks Paige. I was wondering if perhaps you’d be willing to discreetly share some of your hard won salary-related info with me via email? If yes, please-oh-please contact me at zixie@hotmail.com.

    • Sure. I am in class this afternoon, but over the weekend I’ll shoot you an email!


  13. Hi again.
    I eagerly checked my email several times over the weekend, but alas, nothing there : ( Please don’t forget me.


  14. Beto Moncayo


    Hello, I want to contact with you by mail to send you an information about a tourism project in Colombia… betobatalla@yahoo.es

  15. Thanks Paige!!! I really appreciate it : )


  16. Johnny Creel


    Paige–my name is Johnny Creel and I have lived in Birmingham Alabama (Homewood) my entire life. My wife is Colombian (Cali) and I have visited there four times. I love the country and the people. My suegra says I am the most Colombiano en la familia. Anyway, I have tried to find you on Facebook to no avail. My email address is: johnnycreel@aol.com I love your blog and am now a follower. Try to find me on Facebook and friend me. Thanks.

    • Hi Johnny. Glad you like the blog! And, good to know there are other Alabamians who love this beautiful country 🙂 I also tried to find you on Facebook, but couldn’t… Let’s keep trying and we can always stay connected via Trotamunda!


  17. johnnycreel@aol.com


    Hey Paige—-Facebook is strange sometimes. Try Johnny Creel, Birmingham Alabama, University of Virginia etc. Also, my wife is Clara Creel on FB too. Friend us both if you can find us. Otherwise, I will follow your blog. Bien hecho y bien dicho tu blog. Johnny


  18. Stuart Wntworth


    Small world, a friend in Cartagena shared one of your blogs on fb and I read and enjoyed it (10 ways to describe Colombia). Then I noticed you are from AL and I am happily married to an AL girl (Leeds) and UA grad. I have traveled to Barranquilla 3 times over the past couple of years and love it. I’m curious, did your teaching work take you to Colombia or why did you choose Colombia?

  19. Hi Paige – I have read some of your work here and on colombia.travel. I own a digital marketing agency based in Cali and work in online travel marketing focused on Latin America – would you be interested in occasional writing gigs?

    • Hi John! Yes, for sure. Shoot me an email at paige(dot)m(dot)poole(at)gmail(dot)com with more information on the writing gigs you may have in mind!

      Thanks for getting in touch,


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