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Renee Van Trier

Renee is an Aussie girl, who loves to travel. She was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up in Brisbane. One year after graduating from a Bachelor of Architecture she embarked on her first overseas adventure and hasn’t stopped travelling since.

She has lived abroad in Dublin, Ireland and Bogota, Colombia working in her profession and dabbling in the art of teaching English. She loves photography, sketching, drinking good coffee and writing about her adventures in Colombia on her blog 'un latte deslactosada'.

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The Tatacoa Desert (Desierto de la Tatacoa)

To break up the bus trip back to Bogota from San Agustin, I made a stop into Neiva and the Tatacoa Desert for a couple of days. I visited the desert as a day trip from Neiva, the capital of the Huila district of Colombia. Starting off bright and early in the morning at the bus station in Neiva, I caught a collectivo bus to Villavieja. These buses don’t run on a timetable, they go when they’re full. It was recommended to me to go early so I wouldn’t have to wait too long and I only ended up waiting about 15 minutes. The trip to the town took around 45 minutes.

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  • Inge
    Inge says #
    Hey Renee, nice story. I am very curious about where did you stay for the night? You slept in the desert or in Neiva? Greetz, Inge...
  • William Pinilla
    William Pinilla says #
    The story is wonderful, but I miss the best experience in Desert Tatacoa is a night watching the stars at the Astronomical Observa...

Volunteering for ‘Un Techo para mi País – Colombia’

An unforgettable experience I’ve had in Colombia was volunteering for 'Un Techo para mi País - Colombia', an organization that sends volunteers into the poorer areas surrounding Bogota and throughout the country to help construct emergency housing and implement social programs into these communities. We had close to 800 volunteers building 100 new houses in the south of Bogota, helping numerous families in need on the weekend I was involved.  It wasn’t an easy weekend by any means but the feeling of achievement and the gratitude from the family I helped was definitely worth the hard work.

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  • George
    George says #
    Hi, I am from Australia but lived in Colombia for 1 year. I heard about this program towards the end of my stay in Colombia and r...

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