shopping in Medellin

Now that the dust has settled a bit from my premature homecoming from Colombia, and decidedly feeling more ‘disaster’ than ‘stylish’, I’ve had a chance to sort through my thoughts (and my photos!) and reflect on the time I had abroad. As I’ve said several times throughout my journey, Colombia really is an amazing and hugely varied country. My favorite place, as predicted, was MedellΓ­n: it’s a more international city...

coming home

After almost five weeks in Colombia, I came home. This was not the narrative I had planned for my little overseas dalliance. I was supposed to be in Colombia for over six months, set to return in mid-December. I thought I’d come back fulfilled, with perfect Spanish and tons of amazing stories and not even wanting to return home. Life had other plans, though, I suppose. First, let me say...

“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 (BogotΓ‘ 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...