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Jun 27, 2015 - 6-27-15

June 26, 2015 - a day that will go down in history! There is finally marriage equality in all 50 states, and I wish I could have been home to see it happen. I felt proud of my citizenship for a change! Now, on to the next big issues. Anyway, we are just about halfway through the course, and we are heading into the toughest week! I have two assignments and a lesson plan due on Tuesday, so it's a good thing we have a 3-day weekend (although I'll be working for most of it). As much work and stress as the class has been, I actually will miss...

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Colombia 2015

Jun 21, 2015 - 6-21-15

First of all, happy Father's Day to all of the wonderful fathers out there! I wish I could be spending it with my dad, but at least we had a long Skype call this morning. :) We have officially finished our first week of the CELTA course, and let me tell you, it wasn't easy. After day 3, I was looking for the quickest way out! However, after talking with a couple of my tutors, I decided to take it one day at a time and keep going until I tear my hair out. To put it simply, my tutor told me that they have had soldiers who have been to...

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Colombia 2015

Jun 15, 2015 - 6-15-15

Lots to report this time! After returning to Medellín with my mom this past Thursday, we took it easy for a day and then headed over to one of the most visited spots in the city, Plaza Botero. Fernando Botero is a famous Colombian artist, and his work is proudly displayed in this cultural center and museum. After our day trip to the plaza, we went to meet my host mom. Her name is Diana, and she could not have been more wonderful - or intelligent (she is a biologist who has lived in many different places, including New York when she won a...

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Colombia 2015

Jun 7, 2015 - 6-7-15

Today was our first full day in Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia! After an extremely long and exhausting day of travel yesterday (waking up at 3:15am and having our international flight delayed for almost 2 hours), we made it safely to the beautiful country. The drive from the airport was full of twists and turns going down mountains into the heart of the city, but the views were truly breathtaking! We arrived at the hotel, went out to dinner, and slept for almost 12 hours so that we would be ready to go out and explore today. A few facts /...

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Colombia 2015

Feb 12, 2015 - A Trip to Guatape

Today we got a late start for our trip to Guatape. Pronunced 'Guad a PAY'. Be sure to accent the last syllable or no one recognizes it. We start off from San Antonio to Rionegro. In Rionegro we can't find a bus to take us on to Guatape. There is not one single bus station in Rionegro but many scattered around the town. We walk from one to one and are finally directed to 'the galeria'. We don't know what the galeria is but keep following pointing fingers and waving arms to an area where they sell construction supplies. We are told this is...

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Feb 11, 2015 - Touring Medellin

Medellin. In Colombia pronunced 'med ah jean'. In Panama it is pronounced 'Med ah yee un'. Spanish for chicken is pollo. Pronounced in Colombia 'po jo. in Panama and St. Croix it is pronunced 'po ee yo'. We took a bus from San Antonio to Rionegro. We always have to bus to Rionegro to go anywhere. On the outskirts of Medellin we take a taxi to the Plaza Botero. Unfortunately we got one of those drivers wanting to make extra money by driving us everywhere except where we wanted to go. Plaza Botero is very large and very interesting for the...

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Feb 9, 2015 - A Bus Trip to La Union, Colombia

Today is not as cloudy as yesterday so we are off by bus to La Union a small mountain town where we heard there was a wonderful restaurant and artisian cheese factory. It was about an hour and a half trip. Another bus ride over very curvy mountain roads with the driver going lickity split. Yes, wimp that I am I had to close my eyes and pray. It was a quaint, small town, not quiet as well heeled looking as San Antonio. Two gentelmen where singing on the corner of the plaza and I posed with them for a picture. I liked the hats all the men...

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Feb 7, 2015 - Arriving in Medellin, Colombia

My friend Mary was kind enough to meet me at the Medellin Airport and had a taxi take us to where she now lives abut 40 miles from downtown Medellin in an area called RioNegro and to a smaller 'plaza' town called San Antonio. It has rained since my arrival, but we took a walk around the plaza where there are stalls of venders in the center plaza and restaurants, bakeries, and small grocery stores around the outside edge. It is a quiet and clean town. There is a security policeman who walks or bicycles around the neighborhood all night and...

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Jun 16, 2014 - Days 301 to 304 - Medellin, Colombia

I caught the night bus from Popayan at 8.00pm on Thursday 12th June and arrived in Medellin the following morning at 8.00am, after a fairly restless night’s sleep in the bus seat. Arriving at the hostel early doors, it was a pleasure to be able to take a shower and change way before check in; having a hot shower (with proper shower head!) and getting out of the clothes I had worn continuously for over 24 hour was great! On first appearances, Medellin does not feel anything like the world’s murder capital that had been its reputation a few...

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Sep 8, 2012 - Best western?!

I think of all of the hotels I have stayed in while living in the US and I would never brag about a Best Western but I have to say I am truly impressed with the one we are staying in for the next four nights. First of all it was so nice to get out of downtown Medellin to the Zona Rosa where all of the nice parts of the city are. Then we got to our hotel and took the elevator to the top floor where we walked into a place where we could enjoy a nice soft bed and some amazing views of the city. While the night pictures do not give justice to...

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Sep 7, 2012 - The city of eternal spring

After a very hot and muggy 12 days in Cartagena we left for the airport hoping that we would be headed for a more mild climate. As we walked out on the tarmac to find which plane was ours things started to get better. We were a little concerned as we only paid 30 dollars for our flight and usually you get what you pay for. We got on to one of the nicest planes we had both ever been on and Andrea was a flight attendant for a couple of years. Usually budget flights like Southwest are small planes that pack people on but this flight was...

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Jun 27, 2012 - Fishing in drug lord territory

Short hop on the truck to a town of Guatape set on the side of a dam - the original town was moved in the late 70's so now it is a holiday resort for people from Medillin and surrounds. The tops of the mountains are still above water so it makes for a very picturesque place. Just our side of the town is the ,sugarloaf' mountain El Penol we stopped to climb it along with hoards of locals- our truck became a tourist attraction for a while. The mountain has 740 steps to the top and I climbed everyone of them - not too bad! Must be getting used...

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