The other teacher working with me is from England, so over the course of the last week I've been hearing your typical British lingo: cheeky, rubbish, cheers, fancy that. Daniel has taught me two new ones though. The first is "madam" as in "a girl with a 'tude..." She's such a madam. The other one, … Continue reading Language Discrepancies
Remember when we were little and would just waltz right up to our neighbor’s door without any prior notification? I can distinctly recall running errands with my mother, and when we'd finished, if I was so lucky, she would ask “Why don't we drop in on 'so and so.'” This is Colombian custom and it … Continue reading The Doorbell Stigma
Currently, I am the only person in a town of 15,000 that is not a heritage Spanish speaker. Talk about immersion! There is no one here to speak English with besides Alejandro who acts as an on the spot dictionary whenever a language discrepancy is reached. During the course of any conversation, Alejandro clarifies successfully … Continue reading To Challenge Yourself Is to Grow
After exploring much of Cartagena, which primarily consisted of a back alley massage -this sounds a lot sketchier than it actually was, I swear- and reddening my gringa shoulders along las playas, I decided to venture out on the task I came here for in the first place -teaching English. The next day had a … Continue reading Welcome to the Jungle!
In this opening address to my time in Colombia, I would like to thank everyone who has been supportive in my endeavours either by sending prayers, messaging me kind words, or reading this mumble jumble I spew out. I appreciate every second of your enthusiasm and I'm ecstatic to share my pure, unfiltered experiences with you … Continue reading *Hits Big Red Button* “That was easy!”