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Category Archive: Commentary

#Sochi-alMediaProblems

I haven’t followed much of the Olympics these past weeks. I don’t have a TV and the struggle to find a reliable website and coordinate streaming with the air times and local times… 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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Sh** Colombians Say, Part 9: Se pega el accento

*Warning: contains explicit language….in Spanish, so only The Bilingual need to cover their ears (eyes?) Whilst in Bogotá last month I heard a disgruntled cachaco say “malparido” in the street and my heart… Continue reading

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Colombia, you’re not helping Yourself, but neither is the World.

I’ve been living in Colombia for a year and a half. During that time, I’ve witnessed too many large-scale tragic acts of violence unfolding – in my home country, via the internet. Bad… Continue reading

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How to….Flee the Country

From within the throes of starting Year Two in Colombia,  I thought I’d repost something I wrote about a year ago on moving abroad and long-term travel. Enjoy! How to….Flee the Country.

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Sh** Colombians Say, Part 7

I miss you already, accent-less rolos. Mona Many people with basic Spanish knowledge will tell you that “mono” means monkey. They’re right…everywhere else. In Colombia, mono or mona is used to describe a… Continue reading

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Assimilation Nation

I’ve come to terms with the fact that it takes an hour to go anywhere in Bogotá and the line at Éxito is going to move twice as slowly as it needs to.… Continue reading

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Sh** Colombians Say, Part 4

Cascar means to peel or skin something. Bogotanos and Tabiunos use it to talk about beating something/one up, or something that’s worn out. As in, “Quería cascarlo!” (I wanted to kick the ish… Continue reading

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THEY SPELLED MY NAME RIGHT ! ! !

A few weeks ago, my program director called and asked if I would be interested in getting interviewed by El Tiempo, Bogotás most prominent newspaper. But of course! They wanted to do a… Continue reading

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