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#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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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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