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TLG

Sometimes, mostly in my head, I refer to myself as The Luckiest Gringa.

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An office of a different color

Summer: Barranquilla – Bogotá, Villa de Leyva weekend getaway with Natalie, surgically attach myself to Jess in order to run a 3-week orientation in Bogotá, burn my lungs with altitude and pollution trying to… Continue reading

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475 years young

Happy Birthday, Bogotá. Love, your favorite Gringosteña.

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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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“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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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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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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Fact: Cartagena is pretty.

It’s unfair that I live an easy 8-dollar bus ride from this beautiful, historic city. I spent Easter Sunday wandering around the Centro eating snacks and feeling very fortunate. The best part? Being… Continue reading

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