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 […]

You, too, can have global citizenship

This post is part of Blogging Abroad’s 2017 New Years Blog Challenge. Week one: Global Citizenship. Some Christmas after I moved back from studying abroad in Spain, my parents gifted me a lovely print with the Mary Anne Radmacher quote, “I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the earth.” […]

A coastal Colombia Christmas

In the United States, at least in the Midwest, there are several signs that Christmas is coming: lights arrive at Target in September and October, around the same time as the hats, mittens, and gloves (that way you can get them up before the roof’s just a sheet of snow and ice) as soon as […]

Students who choose to learn

Working in public schools here is tough. Class sizes are around 45 students, there generally aren’t resources like books or computers for teachers or students to use, teachers either need to pay for copies or pass that cost onto their students, classrooms are often not air conditioned and therefore are also very noisy thanks to […]

Music Monday: Andrés Cepeda

A couple weeks ago, I published the first in a series of three posts about the coaches of La Voz: Teen (The Voice: Teen) about the group ChocQuibTown, the group I was already most familiar with. Today comes the second in the series, which will focus on Andrés Cepeda. Cepeda started out in the 90’s in a […]

Peace Corps service means free time

I’ve been here in Colombia almost 11 months. I’ve been a Peace Corps Volunteer, officially, almost 8 months. As Volunteers, we must turn in Volunteer Report Forms three times a year. In these forms, we provide Peace Corps the numbers that help them remain financed by Congress (I mean, presumably). We fill in each and […]

I hate the rainy season

Ahhh, seasons. Summer, fall, winter, spring – four beautiful times of the year, each one indicating a change and a passing of time. Well, where they exist. I now live in coastal Colombia, where the seasons are “breezy,” “dry,” and “rainy.” These are really only seasons that you understand after living in them, because when […]

Catcalling in Timbío, Cauca, Colombia is now illegal

I wasn’t going to share this piece of news here(although I did share it with my Peace Corps Colombia community) because I felt a bit like I had beaten the dead piropos (catcalling) horse. Then I went out in public. Today it was not the quantity of piropos that I received, but rather the quality, that reminded me […]

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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