La Chorrera

This weekend, my Fulbright friend Iyla + I went to La Chorrera, the tallest waterfall in Colombia. La Chorrera is an astonishing 590 meters tall (1935 feet), or about 11x as tall as Niagara Falls. Fortunately for us Bogotanos, the town that holds La Chorrera isn’t that far from the south of Bogota. However, this…

La Paz, La Música

This past week was my most normal so far, and arguably one of the more anormal weeks for Colombia. In my spare time, I ate a ton (a traditional Bogotano lunch is a salad, fruit, large soup, meat/fish, rice, lentils/beans, juice, and dessert for $2.50USD) and enjoyed lots of music. I went with my old Airbnb host to…

The Apartment Hunt

Part of my excitement to return to Bogota from Argentina revolved around my wanting to finally feel settled in Colombia. Over the last four weeks, I’ve stayed at two hotels and two Airbnbs in Buenos Aires and Colombia. I was tired of unpacking and repacking every few days, and craved some normalcy. Finding an apartment…

Bye, Bye, Buenos

By my last few days in Buenos Aires, I was ready to leave. I adored the Palermo neighborhood, the shops, the fashion scene, the city’s buildings, the food, but I could no longer handle the unwanted attention I was receiving because of my race and hair. Of course, I get comments on my hair in…

Buenos Aires: Conference y El Centro

After a car, two planes (one leaving at 5:30AM, btw), a bus, another car, a hotel flood, and a short walk to a new hotel, I finally reached my hotel in Buenos Aires– a city that is not at all as close to Bogotá as I initially had imagined. I’m here for a conference that…

First Impressions

Colombians are super friendly A couple friends and I asked for directions on our way to get our Colombian ID cards, and the woman who we asked proceded to pay for our bus tickets, take two buses with us (including the transfer), and walk us to the door of the building. She also gave us her…

[Attempts at] Settling In

I’ve been in Bogota a little over a week, but it feels like I’ve been here forever– not in a bad way, just in that I feel like I’ve lived quite a bit of life in the past ten days. Every day has several ups + downs: I might have a great time out at…