Feeling grateful, feeling sad. Feeling relieved, feeling proud. Reflecting on (some of) my favorite moments and photos from life over the past year has been bringing up all the feels.
Overall, this was one of the coolest, most unique experiences I had during my entire time in Colombia. I’m really happy we forced ourselves to go, even though we didn’t feel like planning another trip. And I’m equally as happy that, before I went, I did not research all of the plants, animals, and bugs that could have killed me in Las Amazonas.
Two of my roommates and I took an overnight trip to see the gritty salsa capital of Colombia: Cali.
Life is undoubtedly different in Bogota, Colombia than in the US. At times, very different. It’s not that any country is objectively right or wrong, but now that I’ve been in Bogotá for over nine months (!), I think I can pinpoint a few of the biggest cultural differences that I see in my daily life.
Lately, I’ve been fairly reluctant to venture outside of Bogotá. With the exception of a day trip back to Suesca for some rock climbing, all of my Colombian weekends for March and April have been spent in the country’s capital. Fortunately for me, my friend from college, Elena, came to visit! I thought that I was the…
In Austin, the food is good, the beers are cheap, and there is plenty of live music.
Never one to miss a trip, I finished out the month of February with a quick trip to Maryland for a friend’s wedding and a weekend venture to Barranquilla for Carnaval.
In continuing with the travel insanity that was February, immediately after the coffee region and Popayán / Tierradentro / Tatacoa Desert, I was off to La Guajira with a couple of Fulbright friends and a couple of friends from college. A Northeast peninsula bordering Venezuela, La Guajira is far and away the most remote place I’ve…
Following gorgeous Salento, Nathan and I were back in Bogotá for less than 24 hours before continuing our travels with five days in Popayán, Tierradentro, and the Tatacoa Desert. With all of the travel time on planes and buses and vans and pickup trucks, one of our main goals was to avoid getting sick. Fortunately, we…
What a whirlwind this last month has been! A mere two weeks after returning from some holiday relaxation in the US, I left for Colorful Cartagena with San Francisco friends. From there, I met up with a friend from college, Nathan. Nathan is in the midst of four months of worldwide travel, and Colombia made his list of…
Last week, four friends from San Francisco flew into Bogotá, and a few days ago we traveled to beautiful Cartagena: a coastal, colonial city in the north of Colombia.
Past Fulbright reads: Short Walks from Bogotá: Journeys in the New Colombia, by Tom Feiling
I read this book when I first got to Colombia and found it to be a super helpful overview of the country’s history, told in a casual style of writing.
Currently reading: Swing Time, by Zadie Smith
This book is already becoming one of my favorites of all time, and I haven’t even finished it yet.