Let’s Try This Again

I wasn’t ready to come back to Bogotá at all. Maryland was too good to me. I saw my family every day and had two weeks with my long-distance other half. Some days were spent attending a Ravens game, watching the Moscow ballet perform The Nutcracker in Baltimore, going to a jazz concert, and visiting the Smithsonian’s new National Museum…

5 Day Trips from Bogotá

Before I landed on the East Coast, I was able to sneak in a couple day trips away from Bogota, making me think back over a few trips I’d taken earlier in the semester.

Buca to Bari

Our first night in Barichara was quiet; our second day had tons of sunshine, heat, and lots of time spent wandering the cobble-stoned streets. I’d say, Barichara’s main attraction is Barichara itself; you go for the beauty of this super-preserved town and to relax away from its surrounding cities.

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…

Santa Marta + Parque Tayrona

During one of my low moments in the Bog, I bought a flight to the Caribbean. One aspect of Colombia that I really admire is the geographic diversity: the Caribbean sea, the Pacific Ocean, the Amazon rainforest, the Tatacoa “desert”, and the Sierra Nevada mountains are all within short trip from Bogotá or the airport. Then, one…

Security in Colombia + Bogotá

Especially for those born to a US generation older than my own, Colombia conjures imagery of narco-traffickers, rebel soldiers hidden in the jungle, and kidnappings. But today, despite a US State Department travel warning, Colombia is very different from how it once was.

Down Days

Life is good here, and the travel to new places makes it really good, but, my life in Bogota is quiet most days. And all of the quiet, all of the alone time, inevitably leads to some down days.

Two Days in Machu Picchu

The Incan ruins, the valleys, and the mountains of Machu Picchu are far more amazing than I could have imagined. So, be prepared for a lot of pictures with this post– as well as travel advice tips for your Machu Picchu adventure.

Cusco, Peru

Cusco was a nice change of pace from the craziness of Bogotá. While, yes, of course Joe + I were still on guard about pickpockets (like in any city), it was a very different experience being a little more relaxed about safety and hearing English spoken in the streets from passing tourists and, well, seeing tourists around at…