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 […]

Semana Santa: spring break, baby!

In the afternoon, the beach – the hard-packed part before the soft sand begins – starts filling up with cars. All of the wooden chairs under the thatch-roofed little huts, which are rented at $20mil a pop, are all taken. More people are walking from the street, where cars line the length of the malecón, carrying […]

Degrees of culture shock

The cultural differences that we know about going into travel or living abroad are relatively easy to get used to. These are differences that we expect, differences that are Big and Prevalent – the ones we see hear eat every day – and therefore the ones that perhaps we think of first and research before our […]

Music Monday: Manuel Medrano

When I first arrived at my home in Puerto Colombia, my 21 year-old host sister only listened to one song. Time and time and time and time again. It was “Una y Otra Vez” by Manuel Medrano. To be honest, I didn’t mind hearing the song time and time again (which, by the way, is […]

If I had a million dollars…

If I had a million dollars, I could buy a literal boatload of bananas. Maybe multiple. How many boatloads do 10,000,000 bananas fill? The quantities of things that I could buy with a million dollars is, to me, unfathomable. 2,600,000 pounds of onion? WHAT IS THAT EVEN? I mean, I guess millionaires probably aren’t dropping a […]

money money money money

Hopefully that title invoked the O Jays’ song “For the Love of Money,” and not just stress. I’m not here to stress you out. I’m just here to talk about the value of money (did that invoke stress?). Warning: many numbers follow. The exchange rate at the time of this writing is $1 USD = 2,912 COP. During my […]

Who’s got power?

Several power cables swing between the light poles that line our city and town streets. At each pole, cables come in from all angles, tangling and dangling and coiling around one another. Some of them are cable or telephone wires. How does that even work? How do so many utilities meet at the same point? […]

Music Monday: Twister “el rey”

There are four main styles of music popular here on the Caribbean coast of Colombia: vallenato, salsa, reggaetón, and champeta. If you’ve been following along, I’ve written about vallenato before. Salsa you might be familiar with from dancing or watching people dance. Reggaetón is popular in the United States (at least with Spanish-speakers), although if you’re my mom, you’re probably like “reggae what? a ton […]

An Eco-Tour on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia

As Peace Corps Volunteers, the development that we strive to do is community-based. It’s all about working with the community to identify their priorities, identify their assets, and use the assets to work on their priorities. This totally isn’t a Peace Corps term, but it’s essentially about using different analysis tools to answer the 5 […]

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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