Archive for Category: "colombia"
First: hot chocolate. Why did nobody tell me grownups are allowed to have it everyday, maybe even multiple times? And that putting cheese in it is not only permitted but encouraged? Cheese that is all soft and mild and melty, and waits patiently to be scooped up in all its gooey glory when you reach [&hellip
One of the best parts about Bogota is the ease with which you can leave it. Don’t get me wrong, Bogota certainly has its fair share of charm and beauty. But it also shares many other features of large metropolises—pollution, noise, insecurity, an endless expanse of concrete and pavement—that can slowly and determinedly relieve one of one’s will to live.
It’s November now, which in Cartagena means a month of festivos (holidays) to celebrate Cartagena’s fight for and declaration of independence from Spain. This year, Cartagena’s parties are even bigger because they’re celebrating 200 years of independence, all happening on the easy-to-remember date of 11/11/11. Though I would love to see the parties, and the Cartageneros dancing, [&hellip
When I post pictures and status updates to Facebook showing weekend activities or describing something interesting I’ve seen in the streets of Cartagena, many of my friends often comment about what an exciting life I’m having here. While it’s certainly different from my life in New York, but I’ve figured out that no matter where I live, if I am working, it’s easy to fall into a routine.
Don’t slam the car door. I mean it. It turns out that cars in Colombia are generally less robust than their North American counterparts (which I have been blithely slamming for years), and there is a widespread fear among taxi drivers and car owners that even one especially vigorous door closure could structurally damage the car.