Category: Colombia

It’s a piece of cake to bake a pretty* cake

I love to bake.  Back home I’d bake breads, cookies, cakes, casseroles, enchiladas, vegetables, and pastas. Perhaps because where I lived there was winter 6 months out of the year, I embraced this method of cooking which had the dual purpose of warming up the house.  Here, where it’s 90+ degrees every day, warming up the […]

How I lived and enjoyed Carnaval

Now that you’ve learned a bit more about the festival of Carnaval and its cultural components, I’ll share my own experience.  I’m going to preface this by saying that I don’t have a ton of pictures to share because pickpocketing is a very common thing here, so I didn’t always have my phone with me.  […]

Carnaval culture

If you read my last post explaining what the hell Carnaval is, you know that it is the ultimate expression of the Caribbean coastal culture.  This can be seen easily through the music, dance, and costumes that are seen in the many parades and events, but also in the way spectators dress. What to wear […]

What is Carnaval?!

Everyone I’ve met tells me I arrived “en una buena época” – at a good time of the year.  Not only is it the “cool season” (highs in the lower 90s, lows in the upper 70s, with a really nice evening breeze), but it has been Carnaval season!  You’ve likely heard of Carnaval thanks to […]

Costeño food

Ah, Colombian food.  People hear those words and think of fresh fruits, spicy foods, and coffee.  Fruits?  Check.  Mine typically come in the form of juice, and the juices truly are amazing. I’m never exactly sure what I’m drinking, but I’ve definitely had strawberry, pineapple, mango, passionfruit, melon, watermelon, and banana. Spicy foods?  Never.  One brand […]

Colombian time

Colombian Time is the same as Eastern Standard Time, and yet it is completely different. Sure, it’s 10:35am here and in New York, but the way time is viewed here couldn’t be any different.  One of my host family members will tell me that they are heading somewhere and ask me if I want to […]

Costeño hospitality and patios

All of Peace Corps Colombia’s sites are in the coastal area of Colombia (la costa), where the people are called “costeños.”  Because of the intense heat and humidity, the culture is a bit different here than in the interior (where Bogotá and Meddlín are), so just keep in mind that any references I make here […]

First impressions

We rolled into our small town, Palmar de Varela, in a van stuffed with 14 people and a whole bunch of luggage.  4 of us were going to be dropped off in Palmar, and the rest would continue on to Ponadera. Very quickly after one of the Peace Corps staff members said, “This is Palmar,” […]

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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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