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Tag Archive: Barranquilla

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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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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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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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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Lately

My mother has kindly reminded me several times recently that my blog is much less frequently updated than it was last year, and I in turn reminded her that I am, under contract,… Continue reading

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Sh** Colombians Say, Part 8: Reading Between the “Vainas”

In the fall (I still operate on New England seasons, even if I don’t live them) people started asking me what I was doing the next year. Once I had committed to my… Continue reading

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