Bucaramanga, a Hidden Treasure

Photo Credit yonolatengo

Okay, now that I’ve caught your attention with this title, let me contradict myself by saying that Bucaramanga is not at all hidden, although it is a treasure.

Bucaramanga is the capital of the Department of Santander, in the Northeast of Colombia, and the city with the sixth largest population in the country. Continue reading

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Small World

Photo Credit Jerry Bunkers

I have been blogging for almost a year now. Admittedly, I have published a bit less frequently than I did at the beginning, but I hope you, Dear Reader, are still enjoying my posts.

Before I began blogging, I was quite wary of it; you can read more about my feelings on blogs in one of my first posts. But then I began this blog, and I love it. I love writing, and this is an excellent way to discipline myself as well as get my writing out there. Continue reading

A Day at the Gold Museum

Gold Museum

Sundays are lazy days in Bogotá. Many places are closed and there is little to no traffic on the streets – quite the contrast to the traffic jams that occur during the week.

Museums, however, are one of the few places open on a Sunday, and the Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) is even free on Sundays, making it one of my favorite plans on this idle day. Continue reading

International Theatre Festival Has Opened!

The 13th Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotá (Iberoamerican Theatre Festival) opened on Friday, March 23. It is the largest theatre festival in Latin America, held every two years in Colombia’s capital.

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Movie Review – Colombiana

As some of my Readers may know, I write for an online publication called Worldette. It’s a great website all about travel and lifestyle for women. One of the areas I write for is reviewing books and movies, and a couple of weeks ago I wrote about the movie Colombiana.

Colombiana is a film that raised a lot of controversy here in Colombia and in the States as well due to its inaccurate and stereotypical depiction of this beautiful country. I thought I would share my review in Worldette of the movie here on my blog, so if you want to check it out click on the link here.

Protests in Bogotá

On Friday, March 9, there were large protests and riots in Bogotá in retaliation against Transmilenio, the mass transportation bus system here in the city.  Continue reading

National Youth Leadership Conference

Since I returned to Colombia in January after the holidays, I have been having difficulty finding time to write blog posts, for which, Dear Reader, I apologize. The main reason is that I have been working with an organization called AIESEC, again, and found the perfect job in which I am currently working: planning a national youth leadership conference for one month, and working with an NGO for the following month. Continue reading

A New Year

Feliz Año Nuevo and Happy New Year (a bit belatedly)!

I am back in Bogotá after being home in the States for 3 weeks for vacation. Bogotá right now is delightfully empty, as many people leave during the holidays, often to Cartagena, Santa Marta, San Andres, and the US. Businesses are still open, but most people get a decent amount of time off over the winter holidays. Tomorrow, however, things will be back to normal.

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Merry Christmas Eve!

**Every night for the nine nights before Christmas Colombians celebrate novenas, so I will be writing a blog post every day about Colombian Christmas traditions. Feliz Navidad!**

Photo Courtesy of Dariela Cruz http://www.mamitalks.com

Today is the ninth and final day of novenas in Colombia, and it is Christmas Eve, or Nochebuena, when Colombians have their main Christmas celebration. Families gather today to have dinner, usually late at night, and many people also go to Midnight Mass. Continue reading