Some odds and ends from Bogota

August 2, 2017 - Leave a Response
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The tasting Menu at Astrid and Gaston

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Salmon Tartare at AG

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Lobster bisque at AG

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deliciousness at AG


Sweet people from Choachi

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Leather shopping in the Restrepo.

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Dinner at Silvia’s house. Such thoughtful and smart people!

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Chicha warnings.

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Judith who sells Chicha

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Drinking Chicha at Judith’s house.

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Sharing Chicha.

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Hiking at the Chorrera.

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I am not afraid of cows.


Last day at JJCM

August 2, 2017 - Leave a Response

Fast last day as we said our goodbyes, taught a few lessons, had a delightful breakfast with the staff and got to give out a few thank you gifts to teachers we had worked with.

Into the mist

July 30, 2017 - Leave a Response

Today we set out to see the 2nd tallest waterfall in Colombia, called Chorrera.  It was a muddy, hard, long, cold, beautiful, magical hike and I am so privileged to have done it with my group and our new friend Samir.

Lots of special performances.

July 28, 2017 - Leave a Response

Math class


Group work in math class


reading pen pal letters


Preschoolers waiting to preform a traditional dance in honor of us.



Reciting a poem about a famous Colombian book they read.


Traditional Dances from the coastal regions of CO



Presentations in English about the regions of Colombia.


Displays of the traditional dances from each region.



Ajiaco to warm us up on a very cold day.


After touring the National Museum of CO.


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Formation on Fridays. Singing the national, city and school anthems. checking uniforms and getting an inspirational speech from the teachers.

First day at my Bogota school

July 24, 2017 - Leave a Response

I already forgot the name of the school, but it was a fun day at the school where I will be working for a week.  I presented about myself three times, and even took a turn at salsa dancing at the end.  I found a few extras from our weekend in Cartagena.

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Best lunch ever! Fresh fish.

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Aaron and his guidebook. Me and my urban sombrero.

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The streets of cartagena


In a nice doorway.


On the fort walls.

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the assembly


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Trying to dance the salsa.



July 23, 2017 - Leave a Response

Play Blanca


Limonada de Coco (think creamy, delicious lemonade)

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The world famous Colombian Crepes. I know it is not from Colombia but sometimes a woman needs a treat.

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The Erins and me at a Champeta bar.

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I bought some watercolors from this gentleman.

We had to split up this weekend into our smaller groups and my Aaron’s and I flew to Cartagena for some fun in the sun.  I didn’t take a lot of pics, but the everything you have heard is true.  Cartagena is beautiful, colorful and full of life.  I hope you get to visit there some day with someone you love.  It is a great place to just stroll the streets aimlessly. Check out this video if you have time: playing for change.  We saw it in Cartagena and cant stop talking about it.

Tomorrow the real fun starts: working at the school with Silvia.


Some more photos

July 20, 2017 - Leave a Response

Today was especially nice because we got to do some touristy things in the city.  The best was the surprise traditional Colombian music we got just for us.  It was in celebration of the end of our time together for now.  Also, I have uploaded a couple others that were taken in the previous days.

The Group

July 20, 2017 - Leave a Response

We had to stand in the middle of Plaza Simon Bolivar and take this picture. So much for trying to not stand out in the crowd.



July 20, 2017 - Leave a Response

Happy Independence Day Colombia.  July 20.  

We went up to the top of the Monseratte mountain which is over 10,000 feet above sea level.  Lots of stairs and even more people.   We had lunch at the famous Restaurante Casa Santa Clara which delivered in terms of food and views from the top of the mountain.

Also included are a few shots of my meals today.  “Caldo” for breakfast and “Sopa de pescado” for lunch (the one with rice and avocado in the picture).

School visits

July 20, 2017 - Leave a Response

Yesterday we visited two amazing schools.  The first, Aquileo Parra, is doing amazing work with global education.  I was so inspired to do more with the abundance of resources I have.

Then we went to another big school and got to do a class visit.  Aaron and I did a presentation on ourselves in a Spanish class.  I found out that the teacher in that classroom was friends with my favorite author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  We even chatted in class for a few minutes about One Hundred Years of Solitude.  Another verraquera day!