During down periods between trips—especially when those stretches are going to be long—I use my coffee-mug collection as a means to reminisce about past travels. This morning my hand reached out for the D’Yndias mug, procured during a trip to Colombia in June 2006.
Colombia was just beginning to garner a bit of buzz in the U.S. travel market, and the first few of what are now many boutique properties had recently opened in Cartagena, a gorgeous colonial city on the Caribbean coast.
My favorite excursion, though, was to the volcano mud bath, El Totumo. I re-read the article. Sip from my mug. And remember the gray clay and warm sun on my body like it was yesterday.