How to Order Coffee in Colombia

I came to Colombia thinking that I knew how to order coffee in Spanish, but it didn’t take long for me to realize that I was dead wrong. I came to this realization on my first morning in Medellín, when I woke up early and decided to head out to get coffee for me and […]

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The Highs and Lows of Moving Abroad

At the Volunteers Colombia orientation in Bogotá, we were given a lesson on culture shock and how most people supposedly react to living in a new culture. It included a snazzy graph that looked something like this: While that may describe many people’s experiences long-term, having been in Colombia for six weeks now, my graph, […]

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Palomino: Backpacker Paradise

After Couchsurfing for a night in Barranquilla, my friend Cammy and I took a bus to Palomino, a small town located about two hours west of Santa Marta on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Our bus lurched to a stop where a dirt road crossed the highway, the driver shoued “Palomino!” and we grabbed our backpacks and leaped […]

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Couchsurfing in Barranquilla

I arrived in Medellín on Thursday, June 16, first visited the school where I’ll be teaching the following Wednesday, and during the visit learned that the next time they needed me back was nearly two weeks later on July 5th. Of course, the obvious thing to do was take a vacation. (Tough life, I know!) My […]

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A Day in Bogotá

Today was our one and only day off from doing orientation activities, and I wanted to make the most of it. A group of us started out at the Museo del Oro (Gold Museum). The museum displays items made of gold and other metals that were made by indigenous peoples before the Spanish conquest of Colombia. It […]

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Bogotá’s Monserrate

The plan for today, our fourth day of orientation, was for all the volunteers to take a trip to the Cancillería (immigration office) to register for our cédulas (a Colombian identification document that would make us eligible to teach and use the Colombian national health insurance). We hopped on a bus in pouring rain at 6:30 am […]

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