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Category Archive: Year 2

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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Ketchup*

*Not on rice. That was one time. Ok not really, it was a lot of times. I’m behind. Blame the endless, glorious heat. Blame the Hundred Years of Solitude effect. Blame work, rugby,… 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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“The Aesthetic of Lostness”

I get it. I get why people are boring, or stationary, or afraid to do something different. Because it sucks. When you leave somewhere to get to know somewhere else, you run the… Continue reading

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Todos somos uno

I love my team. Action  

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Because You Can’t Tackle Volunteers

I live a double life in Barranquilla. Omitting my virtual/social media self who keeps in touch with people at home, I currently manage two personas. There’s Brighid Carey, AFD: host family- and school… Continue reading

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Errands.

Bank teller: Weren’t you here earlier today? Brighid: Nope, not me! Teller: Oh, ok. You must have a twin. Someone was here today who looked exactly like you. [Reads my bank slip] Teller:… Continue reading

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