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Category Archive: Colombia

To my pueblo

I love you, costeños. I’ve known it for a while now, and as our second year together draws to a close, it’s truer than ever. I need it to be known. I love… Continue reading

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Rain, rain.

Something about September managed to make me exceptionally heartsick to leave Barranquilla next June. In September, it rains. When it rains, it pours. When it pours, it arroyos. Arroyos are Barranquilla’s embarrassing, infamous stepchild born… Continue reading

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Yellow Fever and Other Colorful Feelings

While this World Cup is proving to be an exceptional, generally we red-white-and-blue Americans err on bemused neutrality when it comes to the globally beloved sport. Soccer is boring, the games are long… Continue reading

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La Ciudad Perdida / The Lost City: Trip Review and Tips

A lot of reviews and practical information about Ciudad Perdida online seemed to be a little outdated, so here is my take. This is where I talk about the trip and all of the… Continue reading

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The Tiger and the Taxistas

Just after 6am one Friday I was in a cab on my way to catch a bus (to catch another bus to catch a ferry to catch a moto) to visit my volunteers… Continue reading

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Apártense vacas que la vida es corta // Step aside, cows, for life is short

– Cien Años de Soledad / One Hundred Years of Solitude The scene changes but it’s the same conversation. Maybe it’s the cool hostel owner or maybe it’s a restaurant, a friend-of-an-acquaintance or… Continue reading

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November, I didn’t recognize you in this weather.

This was my fourth Thanksgiving abroad. It was also the first one that I didn’t celebrate – and, yes, eating burgers with Jess and Avi in Quito in 2009 counts as celebrating. Despite… Continue reading

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Inside Out Culture Clashes

Society in my dear city of Barranquilla, Colombia is closed­-minded, slow-moving, one might argue ignorant. Everything is slow and inefficient. Everyone is always late, and complains about everyone being late, and how it… Continue reading

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El riesgo and all that

When making Major Life Decisions (and actually any Life Decision) I’m a big fan of lists. Pro-Con, subcategories, arranged alphabetically or chronologically – doesn’t matter. Lists are essential to the Life Decision. Therefore,… Continue reading

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“You got worries you can drop ’em in the blue ocean”

Colombians have an endearing (albeit sometimes irritating) tendency to get really, really excited about EVERYTHING! The typical animation and expression present in everyday conversation just about triples when a Colombian is talking about… Continue reading

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