Yakuza Research

Yakuza Research for Wealth Whispers

October 12, 2021
Adventure | Julie Tetel Andresen
Wealth Whispers is Book III in my shapeshifter series. It will be out in December. In the meantime I want to share with you some of the fun I had putting the story together. I begin with my Yakuza research. First, what’s yakuza? They are Japanese gangsters. The word refers… read more
Rocky Mount

Rocky Mount, NC – A Travel Blog

October 8, 2021
Adventure | Julie Tetel Andresen
Your first question might well be: “Rocky Mount, why?” It’s a good one. Eastern North Carolina  is not typically on a tourist’s radar. A Carolina beach town, sure. But Nowheresville in the middle of Nowhere? Title image: the old cotton mill campus. You can just make out from the writing… read more

Medellín, Colombia – A Travel Blog

October 5, 2021
Adventure | Julie Tetel Andresen
For my first foray out in the world since the start of the pandemic I chose Medellín, Colombia. I am very happy with my choice. Medellín is the capital of the Colombian state of Antioquia. If nothing else, it is known for its mountainous beauty: And has the reputation of… read more
Fernando Botero

Fernando Botero – An Artistic Enigma

October 1, 2021
Adventure | Julie Tetel Andresen
Medellín, Colombia’s favorite son is the painter/sculptor Fernando Botero Angulo (b. 1932). How do I know? When I visited the city last week, his prominence was obvious. The name of the central square is Plaza Botero. And it’s chock full of his statues. I’m tempted to say “chunk full.” The… read more
Comuna 13

Comuna 13 – A Colombian Travel Blog

September 24, 2021
Adventure | Julie Tetel Andresen
Comuna 13 is a neighborhood in Medellín, Colombia that I visited last week. Does mention of Medellín and/or Colombia bring any quick thoughts to mind? If you thought of the drug trade, the Medellín Cartel or Pablo Escobar, then you are not alone. As a traveler I have to remember… read more
Famous Colombians

Famous Colombians – Top Ten List

September 21, 2021
Adventure | Julie Tetel Andresen
This week marks my first foray into international travel in a year and a half. That is, since the beginning of the pandemic. I am currently in Medellín, Colombia. I will start my exploration of this beautiful country by identifying ten famous Colombians. Famous Colombians: Number One Singer Shakira Isabel… read more
crossword clue envy

Crossword Clue Envy – I Suffer From It!

June 11, 2021
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
Today I discovered that I suffer from a condition I didn’t even know existed: crossword clue envy. Would I like to see my name on the NY Times bestseller list? Sure. Would I be happy if Netflix knocked on my door? Of course. But when I came to 50 Down… read more