Let’s Dance

Babies everywhere like to dance, right? They do that little bob where they bend their knees and kind of nod their heads. Babies here do that too…but by the time those toddlers hit two, they can already shake their hips and do body rolls that put all of my dance moves to shame. Costeños are […]

Music Monday: Silvestre Dangond

Silvestre Dangond: the man that my host sister refers to as “el amor de mi vida” (the love of my life). He’s one of the most popular modern vallenato singers, but I didn’t know who he was until I saw him on TV. Silvestre, like the last three artists I featured, was a judge for a TV singing […]

If you give a kid a camera…

I made a lame attempt at rewriting the classic children’s story If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, but that didn’t work out. The anti-welfare think piece just couldn’t marry up with my story about using publicly-funded goods and services from the US to create a unique opportunity for at-risk youths in Colombia to interact with cameras […]

An island getaway: San Andrés

When my sister-in-law started planning her visit here, she said she wanted to get in some beach time. Living on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, there were options. She and her friends were flying into Cartagena; just outside of the city, there are some lovely beaches. Half a day’s drive north in Santa Marta are even […]

Music Monday: Gusi (& sometimes Beto)

Way back in November I started out on this mission to feature the three judges from Colombian reality show La Voz Teens for Music Monday.  First I wrote about pop/hip-hop band ChocQuibTown, then I highlighted ballad man Andrés Cepeda. I kind of got stuck there; listening to all of those ballads were a bit torturous for me, and I wasn’t […]

Hope for the hopeless

This post is part of Blogging Abroad’s 2017 New Years Blog Challenge, week four: Change and Hope. I have been feeling pretty hopeless and helpless lately (like so many of you). Fortunately, I am here in Colombia, living my long-time dream of being a Peace Corps Volunteer. It was a dream that I had because […]

How to dine like a costeñx*

This post is part of Blogging Abroad’s 2017 New Years Blog Challenge, week three: Cultural Differences. If you want to dine with people here on the coast of Colombia, there are some key tips that will help you fit in a bit: When you receive your food, dig in! You may get your food before […]

Why this blog exists

This post is part of Blogging Abroad’s 2017 New Years Blog Challenge, week two: The Danger of a Single Story1.  When I was breaking the news to friends, family, and co-workers in the United States that I was going to be a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia, the joke was always, “Are you going to […]

The women who’ve been inspiring me lately

I am constantly being inspired by other women. Here are some of the things that women have done recently that have just killed me with their perfection, that have inspired me to do and be and create better. These are listed in absolutely no particular order. Terrible, Thanks For Asking is a podcast that talks about […]

A year in Colombia

A year ago today I arrived in Colombia to begin my journey with Peace Corps.  Correction: a year ago today I left Wisconsin to get to Miami; what follows is just as true! I was calmer than I had expected to be, only nervous about what my host family would be like. I sweat a […]

Mountain View

A little about me!

Hey! I'm Brianna Hope, a born & bred midwesterner embarking on an adventure as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia. I am clumsy, I spill a lot, and I share most of my interests with 6 year-olds.

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The content of this website is mine alone and does not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Government, the Peace Corps, or the Colombian Government.


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