The Colombian Diaries (3/5): Cartagena

Day 1, Tuesday: I arrived at lunch time in the city which inspired so much the Colombian writer Gabriel García Marquéz and I could immediately understand why: Cartagena has indeed an aura of magic and charm, accompanied by a magnificent sea breeze, a pure Latin vibe and amazing colorful buildings. On the other hand, and putting things in a more down-to-earth perspective, I had the impression that I had landed in Africa, such were the number of black and dark-skinned people walking around. Just as a piece of advice, if […]

The Colombian Diaries (2/5): Medellin

Day 1, Tuesday: after still a nice day on the pool spent in Cali, we went to the airport at around 4:30 pm and arrived in Medellin already in the evening. After a long trip towards the neighborhood El Poblado (the traffic jam was chaotic, since the main highway was closed for constructions), there we were at the hotel Alameda de la 10, which we left after a quick shower. We had a quick dinner and then started wandering around Parque Lleras, which is the core of the party but […]

The Colombian Diaries (1/5): Cali

Day 1, Wednesday: arrived after a 20 hour trip, took a shower and immediately felt one of the main reasons why I have decided to come to Colombia: to have great weather, which allows a person to be in t-shirt anytime of the day. After finishing the dinner, we went to Las Tascas, an event at parque Bolivar, in which we paid 1€ for entrance, but whose outcome was worth much more: a live band and a DJ, cheap beer and, most importantly, everyone having real fun, a sign which […]

7 harsh truths about Brazil (and its women) in 2017

1. Taking selfies is a national sport One of the common traits I believe all the Latin American countries possess is this annoying habit of copying, glorifying and totally being obsessed about what comes from the USA. And Brazil, perhaps only surpassed by Mexico, is on the top on the list in terms of absorbing and breathing American influence. And using the Smartphone for every purpose is of course something which could not be excluded from the daily routine of the Brazilian people. Even so, using the phone for useful […]

The end of the Easy Bang

Oh the good, old days, in which you would go out, have a couple of drinks and finish somewhere with a lady on your side blowing your whistle. There is not a single guy on this planet who does not think, who has not thought or who will not think about going out and taking someone home like a master. But as most of you already know (or at least you should), this is a reality which does not exist anymore in many countries or is about to get extinct […]

The four phases of the westernization of a country

As we all know, the nightlife in the so-called western world is long dead, that is why many of us have opted to travel to other destinations which, according to my personal experience, have always given me much more rewards and moments of satisfaction among the opposite sex. Nevertheless, during the last five years of my life – especially the last two, as I will describe in detail in the article The End of the Easy Bang – I have been confirming that every time I go or come back […]

The child is grown, the dream is gone

I remember when I was 20: the head full of dreams, the world on the palms of my hands, a bright tomorrow. Basically, everything was (falsely) possible and if today did bring what I wanted, it would surely come soon. In this new millennium, when a regular guy grows up in any given western city, there are two ingredients which are always present in his everyday’s menu: scarcity and illusion. Scarcity because society tells him that he will never be rich and that he must study and word hard to […]

Willkommen in Deutschland: The United States of Europe

Before we talk about the present, I believe it is important to go back in time and make a brief history of Deutschland, which is perhaps the European country which has been suffering more changes – politically, geographically and even culturally – throughout times. Without going too back in time, we can point out the beginning of what it is today Germany: first with the end of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806 caused by Napoleon and the French and curiously then with the beginning of the fall of the […]

How spending one week with my niece confirmed me that women behave just like children

I have just returned from a one week holiday with my father, my sister and her daughter, who is one year and three months old. Since my sister and I live very far away from each other – she in North America, I in Europe – this was the perfect opportunity to get together with family, which of course would include spending some time with my cute niece, who I had only seen live once and already one year ago. Beforehand, I was expecting some nice time together and of […]

The only way to stop the plague of Smartphone use

The time has arrived, my friend. It was not yesterday, it will not be tomorrow, it is exactly now. The world itself has reached a limit state, an edge of decadence in which the rope is totally stretched and there is not a single millimeter to fit another piece of silliness in. This last week I stumbled upon a new phenomenon which is driving the world crazy: The Pokemon Go. Basically, we are talking about an app which uses the Google maps in background and makes people going around like […]