Fried Fridays: Deditos (cheese sticks)

This will be my last fried food feature for a bit, unless I find a certain elusive yuca pie…No, I don’t have that today. Today I just have a super ubiquitous snack: the dedito. Dedito literally means “little finger” – like, I could say, “¿te dañaste el dedito?” to ask if you hurt your fingies – […]

Colombian Schools: Part 3

This is the third in a series of posts about Colombian schools. Read the first two posts here and here. Today marks the second Monday that the public school teachers in Colombia are on strike. Since Wednesday, May 10, teachers have been organizing and marching and voicing their anger with the Ministry of Education. They […]

Fried Fridays: Filled Potatoes and Plantains

These foods are no-brainer delicious snacks. Starchy food + seasoned meat or veggies + all fried together + some hot sauce = magic in the mouth. The little ball on the left is a papa rellena: filled potato. Potatoes are well cooked up and diced and/or lightly mashed (left chunky), and somehow rolled into a ball […]

Semana Santa in Mompóx, Bolívar, Colombia

If you read my previous post about Semana Santa (Holy Week), you’ll recall that it is the Colombian spring break. And you’ll remember that most people who travel during this time head to the beach. Most. Not all. Some people actually leave the coast to go to the interior of the country – almost 1/3 of my group […]

Fried Friday: Arepas

  Arepas are the bread & butter of Colombian cuisine. Well, I suppose just the bread, although sometimes they do also contain butter. Point is: they’re a staple. They’re served with almost every meal in some way, shape, or form. I could write an entire book about them! I won’t. It already exists thanks to some […]

Music Monday: Despacito

Normally in these Music Monday features, I highlight a Colombian singer or band. Today is a bit different. I am actually going to share a song with you rather than an artist….and the artist isn’t Colombian. Or rather, none of the artists involved are Colombian. What the heck am I even doing?! Sharing a piece […]

Fried Friday: Empanadas

I am a bit embarrassed to admit this, but my favorite Colombian foods are all fritos – little fried delicacies. I wish I could send you all a box filled with them for you to try yourself, but since I cannot, I will just be sharing them with you on my blog for the next few […]

You’re fat today

I am generally not a confrontational person. I like things to be peaceful and don’t want to hurt anyone. The best examples of this are in regards to sharing living spaces. My very first roommate and I were both super passive aggressive and non-confrontational, and it led to a crazy toxic environment. We ended up living in […]

Music Monday: Martín Elías (que descanse en paz)

On Friday around 1:30pm I was sitting with a few other Peace Corps Volunteers at a restaurant eating lunch. Suddenly we realized that the restaurant was getting crowded with people watching the television. Big news had just broken: vallenato star Martín Elías had died after a major car crash earlier that day. I immediately realized that this […]

Friday afternoon in the plaza

This wooden bench isn’t very comfortable – one of the back slats is jutting forward into my back – but it’s in the shade, and down here just a block from the sea there’s a delicious breeze. In front of me is the empty slab of concrete where sometimes (on weekend nights) there’s a trampoline […]

Mountain View

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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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