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DATELINE March 21, 2020, Medellín, Colombia. As recently as a couple of weeks ago we were going about our business like everyone else: working, walking our dogs, eating out, taking long bike rides, exploring new corners of the city, and – John’s favorite activity – travel planning. And, oh, we had big plans: at the end of March, we had a long weekend visit to Bogotá booked. On April 16, we were flying to Europe for three weeks in Spain and Portugal, our big trip of the year. In May, we’d planned a trip to Austin, Texas to spend some time with family. We also have (had?) trips to Ecuador and Aruba/Bonaire on the books. And that was just the first part of the year. And then the sky started falling. Like people everywhere, we’ve been watching with mounting horror and fear as COVID-19 has tightened its grip on the…

Happy New Year! And how is it possible that it’s already January 11?? At the end of every year, we like to look back on our travels and new experiences over the past 12 months. Here’s last year’s entry, focusing on our most popular posts in 2019. And it was also fun to revisit this post from Dec. 2019, our reflections after our first year of living in Colombia. But 2020? How do we even start? We’ve tried to get this post airborne a few times over the last couple of weeks. Our go-to excuse, logistically speaking, is that we moved from Medellín to an outlying town, El Retiro, on Dec. 28 (see more about that below!) and only Friday got up and running with functional internet. But if we’re being really honest, trying to capture the turmoil and anxiety, the highs and lows, the outright craziness of 2020 has…

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