“What’s Colombia like?”

When I moved to Colombia I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I mean, I had some idea: I’ve been to a few Latin American countries, my boyfriend and several friends have been to Colombia before and they gave me the lowdown on things they’d seen and done, so I wasn’t going in totally blind. That said, there are some things that can’t be described, or that you just have...

Colombia update: expectations versus reality

So I’ve been putting off writing any kind of Colombia update because… well, because being here has been more difficult than I imagined. I’ve been waiting for my mood and attitude to change, but I figured it’s good to be honest, and I want to chronicle what’s *actually* going on with me, so here it is. I can actually track my mood changes by scrolling through the photos on my...

airport style

Well, I made it to Colombia! My first few days here have been a whirlwind, and I seem to be fighting a bit of altitude sickness (Bogotá sits at over 8,000 feet above sea level), but I’ve met some truly wonderful people in my teacher cohort. Through we’ve been in training all day, I’ve gotten enough of a peek at what’s going on outside our little conference-type bubble that my...

how to pack for an extended trip abroad

Well, here I am: only a few days out from my departure to Bogotá, Colombia, where I’ll be in teacher training for two weeks before heading off to Barranquilla through the end of the year. At this point, I am ready to go. It’s been months of planning, talking, and making sure logistical things are taken care of before I leave the country for several months, so it’s been a...