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Category Archive: In-Country

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A lot of reviews and practical information about Ciudad Perdida online seemed to be a little outdated, so here is my take.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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1200 Steps

(This post will function as a personal narrative of the Lost City/Ciudad Perdida and a following post will be a review with tips based on my experience. When I was looking up reviews… Continue reading

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Sierra Nevada

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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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Quilla

It’s hot. You’re constantly sweating no matter how slowly you move, seeking out shade, fans, windows, air conditioning. If the sun isn’t beating down it’s unbearably humid and sticky until it dumps dirty… Continue reading

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