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Tom Germain

Tom Germain

I was born and raised in Montreal, later moving to Toronto and other parts of Ontario. I spent years working in the financial sector, then discovered the Internet in 1996 and soon became a consultant, a business that still pays my bills today. Making a living from the Internet is significant because it eventually allowed me to live practically anywhere in the world, as my physical location was not that important business-wise.

In 2001, I decided I did not want to endure the harsh Canadian weather and resettled on the island of Cozumel, Mexico. My hunger for exotic surroundings did not stop there, as I later made my home in Argentina, Spain (Canary Islands), Mauritius, and finally Colombia.

I still maintain a home in Windsor (Ontario), Canada, and another in Florida, but my family, namely my wife and 2 year old daughter, is anchored in Medellin.

Blog entries tagged in Boyaca

Ráquira, Queen of the Candelaria Desert

Recently I visited Villa de Leyva, the historic town in the state of Boyaca. I also made a quick side trip to Ráquira, the colorful village famous for its ceramics that lies only 45 minutes away by road.

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  • Tom Germain
    Tom Germain says #
    Danke scheun, Fraulein Swinnen!
  • Colombia Fácil
    Colombia Fácil says #
    Great stuff Tom! Here are some more pictures of Ráquira ->www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.276534215700948.70233.213724738648563&...

There was No Risk: I Wanted to Stay in Villa de Leyva

For my first blog trip, courtesy of ProExport (the same people who bring you colombia.travel), my mission was to discover Villa de Leyva in the state of Boyaca. Villa de Leyva is a focal point of history, paleontology, art and nature. There is no crime, no garbage in the streets or streams, no raucous crowds. All the buildings are in the colonial Spanish style, with white walls and tiled roofs as mandated by the town's charter. Most of the streets are made of the original stones and mortar, completing the illusion that here time has stopped. The climate is perfect thanks to the dry air of the adjacent Candelaria desert, despite being located at over 2,000 meters (6,000 feet) above sea level. It is a place of singular beauty, and not unlike many others who have discovered it, I fell under its spell and long to return, not just to visit, but to live!

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  • Juancho
    Juancho says #
    I disagree that lodging is inexpensive, it is quite pricey considering how basic accomodations are. If you go on a "puente" (holi...
  • Scott
    Scott says #
    Hi Tom, Do you have any contact info for the inexpensive hospedaje located 1 block from the plaza. Thank you. Scott...

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