My SENA Center

In this post I am going to give you a little tour of the school where I work! My SENA center is located in Itagüí, a bustling city/suburb to the south of Medellín. (For all intents and purposes Itagüí really is a part of Medellín – they are connected by metro and there is no space […]

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Teaching at SENA: One Month Update

If you’ve been following my blog, you might be excused for thinking that I don’t actually work, but just spend my time in Colombia drinking coffee, relaxing on the beach, and hitting the tourist spots of Medellín. And, well, until this month you wouldn’t really be wrong! That is because I just finished up my first month of […]

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Learning Spanish in Colombia

One of my main goals for my time here in Colombia is to become fluent in Spanish. Before I left home, I was at what I would call an intermediate level, and I worried a lot about how much Spanish I would actually be able to learn while working as an English teacher, and whether my goal […]

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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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An Exotic Fruit Tour in Medellín

As anyone who knows me can attest, I am a fruit fanatic. One of my favorite things about living in Colombia is the incredible variety of fruits and vegetables that are available (and their super low prices don’t hurt either!). Pretty much every time I go to a grocery store or a market here I end up buying some […]

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Finding A Place to Live in Medellín

The most daunting thing I’ve had to do since arriving in Colombia is finding somewhere to live. My program provided us with free housing for one month from our arrival, but I spent my first two-and-a-half weeks getting oriented and traveling to the coast (I know, poor me!), so I didn’t actually start my search […]

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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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