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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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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Hola, Medellín!

Everyone in our group knew that we would be leaving for our respective cities on Thursday, but we did not find out until Wednesday night at 8:00 pm that most of us would have to get on the bus to the airport a short eight hours later at 4:00 am. And we hadn’t even started our goodbye […]

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