Month: March 2017

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 […]

Carnaval…round 2

Carnaval just ended. The celebration is officially only 4 days, but with 4-6 weeks of “pre-Carnaval,” the party has been going on here in coastal Colombia for quite a while. It takes over. Decorations are everywhere. New clothes are being sold. It is a swirl of parades and performances and concerts, all providing people excuse […]

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