This weekend, part of the AIESEC team is hosting an Arts and Environment Festival they’ve been planning for a month. There are a few different programs here: the one I do, which works with ninos and abuelitos throughout the day; WeSpeak, which teaches English classes directly to students at the university (I’d do that one … Continue reading A Critical Review of “The Opposite of Loneliness”
Today we went again to work with the abuelitos and later to “Colombian Night” hosted by the Colombia AIESEC-ers. We met per usual at the Plaza de los Artesanos, where Kimi showed us these shoes her host mom had painted for her as a gift from Colombia. Laugh away, because we did. Then we went … Continue reading We Found Nutella!
So yesterday, we had to wake up bright and early to meet at the bus at 4:30 am, which would take us on the nearly three-hour drive to Prado for a day trip at the lake. Though getting up at 4:30 wasn’t my favorite thing ever, when we arrived at the lake it was beautiful. … Continue reading Lake Prado
Today was very uneventful, so I have few pictures. I woke up, watched the Hobbit II with Javier (he found out I’m obsessed with all things Lord of the Rings), did work, went to work, went to dancing lessons, and had dinner and a great conversation with Kimi (Canada). It was a good day, though. … Continue reading Seriously Awesome Pictures
Today I worked with the abuelitos again. I write in this blog everyday, but I try also to write personally every day as well. Lately I’ve been slack, so I asked Vicente (Javier’s dad) to drive me to the plaza an hour earlier than usual so I could sit at the cafe and write in … Continue reading Hello! My Name is Russell, and I am a Wilderness Explorer!
Yesterday we went to a fair. I thought initially that it was a livestock show- which it was that, too – but it was really the 47th annual Agriculture and Livestock Fair. First, there is a lot of street food. There are hollowed-out pineapples that they fill with ice cream; roasted corn; lechorna (those pigs … Continue reading Fun Captioning Animals
Today we woke up and met at 9:30 am to watch a very large parade. By “very large,” I mean: this parade started at 10 am and didn’t reach our location until 1:30 pm. The parade didn’t end where we were until at least 5:00 pm, or even later. It was a very, very large … Continue reading The Big Parade
Today I went bungee jumping. They had told me before I came that this would be an optional activity, and I’d thought about it ever since. I’m terrified of heights and jumping, as anyone who knows me can attest- I can’t do the Intimidator at Carowinds, and it took me 30 minutes to jump off … Continue reading Watch the Gringos Fly!
We have three or four Germans in the AIESEC program here in Ibague, and we have seven or eight Americans. Today, America faced Germany in the World Cup, so we all gathered to watch it and root for our respective teams! I didn’t leave without my trusty American flag bandanna and silver/blue eyeshadow: And we … Continue reading Vamos America!
Today it rained, quite a lot. This called for my trusty Sebagos and super-duper thrift-shop raincoat. Anyway, this morning I worked on things for the Urban Education Collaborative, read Freire’s The Politics of Education, and ate lunch. Part of it was a soup with what I initially thought of as furry squid, but I was later informed … Continue reading A Deluge of Differences