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Rainbow Nelson

Author, writer, journalist, producer and Getsemanense. Co-founder and editorial director of This IS Cartagena, the only real-time guide to Cartagena, the hottest destination on the planet, Nelson roams Colombia and Latin America from his base in Cartagena de Indias looking for stories and places to fall in love with.

As a freelance journalist and writer, Nelson has travelled extensively throughout South America writing about presidents and their palaces, its addiction to football, the hottest places to eat, drink and be merry and some of the best design and architecture going. His work has been published in Wallpaper*, Wallpaper City Guides (Brasilia, Bogota and Santiago), The Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times, Vice Magazine, Ojo de Pez, Don Juan, FourFourTwo and The Green Soccer Journal amongst others.
He moved to Cartagena, Colombia in 2002 with his Colombian muse, now wife, Liliana. In 2007, he started the restoration of a house in Getsemani. He hopes to finish it by 2020.

As well as work as a travel writer he is also the author of the history of the world's most famous drug smuggler/gangster: The Memory of Pablo Escobar and has worked as creative consultant for the BBC documentary: Pablo's Hippos. Nelson moonlights producing documentaries for VBS.TV.

Medellin's Architectural Revolution

The rest of the world could learn a thing or two from the uplifting story unfolding in Colombia’s second city, Medellin.

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    Thanks for this article.

Welcome to the Coolest 'Hood' in Colombia - Getsemani

People are finally catching on to the barrio that This Is Cartagena calls home.

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    Makes me wish I was there now!
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    Te quiero Getsemaní. La mejor parte de la ciudad ...

Two India Catalinas and a Hundred Ugly Betties

February is the month that the farándula – the colloquial expression for an obscenely well-groomed, celebrity crowd – comes to town for the Cartagena Film Festival.

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Barranquilla Carnival- That'll Do Blogger

Wow. This IS so exciting. I am now an Official Blogger writing for about my favourite country, Colombia. Double-wow!

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    Rainbow "Official Blogger" Nelson says #
    Hi Valerie, We were invited by Proexport to be Official Bloggers as we live here. The idea is you need to be an ex-pat that fell i...
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    Hi! How did you become an official blogger for!? I have been trying to look for information and nothing!! I am in ...


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