Month: May 2016

What’s in a name?

This is a common conversation I have here (translated into English for purposes of this blog) Me: Hi!  I’m Brianna*! Them: Rhianna?  Like the singer. Me: But with a B – Bri-anna. Them: Ahhh, Brianna.  I’m Jaraizy. Me: What’s that? Them: Jar-ei-cy. Me: How do you spell that? Them: Y-e-r-e-i-c-y. Me: Ahhhh, Yereicy.  Nice to meet you. […]

? Nut punching in the park

I’m really excited to share my first guest-blogged post, from fellow Peace Corps Colombia CII-8 Volunteer Helena Vonk!  Helena and I first met when she walked into our hotel room in Miami the night before staging.  I was immediately taken in with her because she radiated cool but was also totally relaxed and approachable.  I also […]

Meet Teo (tay-o) Andrés

When I first got the sheet about my host family here in Puerto, I read that there was a perico in the house.  I promptly forgot what I had read and convinced myself that I had read perrito – which would mean a dog.  I quickly learned that there was no dog here; my host mom said […]

Women Wednesday: Simone Giertz, robot-maker

Photo from Simone Giertz’s Facebook page Simone Giertz (see video below for pronunciation on that; she’s Swedish so it’s weird) is the self-proclaimed “queen of shi**y robots.”  I feel like she’s the robotics version of me with my crafts, only a much more inventive, Youtuber version of me.  Simone states that she’s not an engineer, […]

Costeño birthday parties

Birthdays here on the coast are often a really big deal.  When the birthday girl is also about move halfway across the country for at least a year, that celebration really grows.  Today (I write this Monday) is one of my host sisters’ birthdays.  She turns 21; since everyone has all adult privileges here at […]

Check out my videos!

FYI for those of you not following me on Instagram: I’ve started to created videos each week using the 1 Second Everyday app.  I’ve created a page for them here on my blog, so be sure to check back on these each week to see the latest slivers of my life! VIDEOS HERE

Colombian Schools: Part 2

In my first post about Colombian schools, I focused on how the schools themselves were organized by institutions and campuses, and with principals and coordinators.  Today I’m going to focus a bit more on the actual school structure. Every school that I have been to so far (at least nine that I can think of) […]

Women Wednesday: Emoji Edition

Image from BBC Yep, this is really going to be a post about emojis. Google has submitted a proposal to the Unicode Consortium, the body that oversees the coding of new fonts and keyboards (which includes emojis), which outlines the addition of 13 emojis which highlight more diverse careers and opens all career-oriented emojis up to male and […]

The new-at-site slump

In my last post, I didn’t even try to hide the fact that I’m often frustrated.  I think that’s partly because I’ve learned that burying my frustration just breeds more of it, and it gets ugly when it finally rears its head.  It’s also partly because it’s absolutely to be expected (see drawing above, which […]

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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