This book combines anecdotes of travel with commentary on the Spanish Colonial Heritage of Colombia. The travel took place in 1975 on a sabbatical leave when Curran and traveling companion, his wife Keah, spent several months in Colombia. The chapters follow chronological time, places and events of the trip: Medellín and Santa Fé de Antioquia; Bogotá and environs; Girardot, Cali, Popayán and Silvia in the West and South; the Archeological Site of San Agustín; Boyacá State as seen in Tunja, Villa de Leiva and other smaller towns; Cartagena de Indias, and finally, Isla San Andés, the “Microcosm of the Caribbean.” The book delineates important aspects of the colonial heritage: religious, residential and military, of four centuries of colonial and national life. It also emphasizes colorful and at times humorous vignettes of travel and comments on local life and events. The tale is told in an informal way, Curran relating all as if in a conversation with the reader. The book is richly illustrated with images from the travels.
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