Music Monday: Maluma

Like all the most popular urban musical artists in Colombia, Maluma isn’t the real name of the singer. Juan Luis Londoño Arias just isn’t very catchy or unique, so he created a stage name by combining the first syllables of his family members’ names (Marlli, Luis, and Manuela). Maluma’s songs – at least the most popular […]

So, how is Colombia?

I fear that when my friends and family asked me, “So how is Colombia?!?!” I answered negatively. To all of you, I  want to remind you of several things: WTF is that question? That is a very generic question and basically results me in just looking back at you like As a Peace Corps Volunteer […]

Bogotá basics

I recently got back from a delightful 4-day trip to Bogotá with my friend Natalie. It was a great escape from the heat of our Caribbean coast, and from the quiet streets of our little pueblos. Bogotá is the capital of Colombia, and is therefore actually formally named Bogotá, D.C. Here the D.C. does not stand […]

Let’s roll

Ever since Christmas, my street has been filled with neighbor girls teetering around on their brand new rollerblades and rollerskates. Well, through January there was a lot of teetering. These days the girls are zooming around and working on their backwards skating and showing off how much they’ve improved. Where did this unexpected trend come […]

Music Monday: J Balvin

J Balvin (full name José Álvaro Osorio Balvin, shares a birthday with my brother Barry) is a singer who makes…romantic reggaetón? Urban Latin music? Something like that. His songs have that drum machine boom boom tsa boom boom tsa beat, but a) are primarily singing, sans rap and b) are less disgustingly degrading to women […]

Coastal Colombian Coffee Culture

When Americans hear Colombia, a few things first come to mind, right? At least a couple of them, unfortunately, are not positive (though I’m trying to change that!). But there is one awesome thing that people often think of: coffee! I’ve gotta say, though, that since arriving in Colombia, my coffee game has been notably…not great. The […]

Going for a walk (by guest blogger Teo)

Hi, friends. I’m really excited to bring to you a little something different…what it is like to take my dog Teo for a walk, but from his point of view. It’s maybe the worst and most annoying thing you’ve ever read, or maybe it’s fun.  Hi hi hi hi hi omg I’m so excited to see you […]

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 – […]

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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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