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Aug 11, 2015 - Back in Medellín

I've been back in Medellín for about a week now, and the job search is already frustrating. Between needing a visa and at least 2 years of teaching experience in order to be hired, I haven't had much luck yet (especially considering that classes start very soon). I'm thinking that I may have to go to Bogotá or a smaller town to find work, but I would much rather stay here if I can. So, the search continues. For the meantime (until I find a job and an apartment of my own), I'm staying at the same house where I stayed during the CELTA course...

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Colombia 2015

Jul 14, 2015 - 7-14-15

I'm sitting in the Fort Lauderdale airport right now, officially back in the US after one of the most challenging and fulfilling months of my life. We actually finished and PASSED the CELTA course (we technically don't have our certificates yet, but the hope is that they'll arrive in the mail soon)!! The last ten days have been incredible, and it's hard to believe that my time in Medellín has come to an end. I've been up since 3 in the morning after getting to bed around 12:30 - every time I book a 6am flight, I say it will be the last...

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Colombia 2015

Jul 4, 2015 - 7-4-15

I can't believe I leave Medellín in 10 days! It's bittersweet - I will feel so accomplished at the end of this class, but I will miss everyone and everything so much. I have made it through what was probably (hopefully) the hardest week of the course, and now I only have ONE lesson left to teach next week! Today was my first hour-long lesson, and I taught the students a little bit about Columbus. Between talking about home and the fact that it's 4th of July weekend, I got a little nostalgic! I haven't really been homesick otherwise, though...

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Colombia 2015

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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