A Very Different Medellín

After exploring Medellín for close to a week, it’s difficult to believe it is the same city that experienced such intense violence only a few decades ago. To be sure, like most cities, Medellín is far from perfect – I was asked by two different cab drivers to put my phone away while inside the car, for…

Guatapé, Colombia

It is still extremely difficult knowing that Ivanka’s dad won the election; that has not changed. Even during a weekend away with my friend, Mary, our conversations eventually made their way back to Drumpf. But, exploring Guatapé, a Colombian town I’ve wanted to see since before receiving the Fulbright, did make me really happy– if only until…

Land of the Free, Home of the Brave

The last 36 hours since Donald Trump won the Presidential Election have been characterized by sadness and a feeling of immense loss. They’ve been full of tears and foul language and attempts to understand the state of my country. I hadn’t mentally prepared myself for the thought of a Trump presidency, and it felt – and still feels –…

A Normal Week

When I talk to people from home, I frequently receive the same question: What do you do every day? It’s the same question, full of honest curiosity, that I asked former Fulbright scholars before I got here. Now that I’m three months (!!) into my Fulbright year, most of my days have become fairly routine. So, I…