>Clips n’ Snippets


I’d like to share a few bits n ‘ pieces of what I’ve been working on …

The day to day continues to transform. From doing mostly translation work at first I’ve been able to take the time to dig a lil deeper on stories that interest me.
Over the past couple weeks I wrotten five stories that are of my own creation – either travel stories or human right issues – they are born from investigation, interviews or experience.
THIS was my first interview in Spanish: the “forgotten hostages.”
A STORY that no one else is taking about is about this Peace Community who, in their attempt to remain out of the armed conflict, have provoked violence from all sides.
Read about the plight of journalists in this country HERE.

I have also written a couple travel stories, one on places to chill in Medellin and one about this ten-course gastronomic dinner experience.

Most of my time, attention and focus is directed at work and it makes me really happy. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten such satisfaction from a job before.
That’s not to say I haven’t been enjoying Medellin’s epic nightlife and Colombia’s natural beauty. I’ve been discovering the coolest divey salsa bars and converted electro warehouses.

Miss Molly Mandelberg blessed me with her company for a week and we discovered this quaint lil town called Santa Fe near Medellin.
I took a weekend trip this amazing green river that cuts through a jungled granite canyon. Rio Claro was a natural playground: swimming, jumping, rope swings, zip lines, tubing, water slides, cave exploration etc.

I’ve got some pretty sweet upcoming trips and stories in the making so more to come!


>The Dream of the ’90’s: the return of the fanny pack

Not like we haven’t been hip to the hands-free movement since Burning Man 2008, but apparently the movers and shakers in the mundo of fashion have come around and will be sending the so-called “belt bags” down runways during New York’s fashion week.

“You either love them and a make them a part of your life or you fight them ’til the end,” Isaac Mizrahi said in a Wall Street Journal article. He is making belted satchels again for the first time since 1992.

Yvan Mispelaere, the creative director for Diane von Furstenberg is “considering” putting his “hands-free bags” on the runway for his February 13th show in NYC. They will sell for $325.

Hermes has given the classic nylon fanny-pack a luxury lift with its $4675 “Kelly Bandeau” waist belt set to arrive in stores in spring 2011.

One thing I love about the modern fanny pack (besides them getting love in general) is that it is fastened around the natural waist as opposed to being slung around the hips, giving a sophisticated shape.

One I don’t love about the designer bags is the price.

Luckily Colombians love fanny packs and awesome fanny packs made out of leather, canvas and nylon are for sale everywhere. I for one am planning on swooping up as many as I can fit in my back pack.

I was way ahead of the curve on this one.

Taking requests now for Summer 2011 Utili-fannies :)