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
Friday morning we had our weekly team meeting at the University. We all meet and plan our activities with our groups for the next week, as well as a go over the schedule of planned events (*planned events here in Colombia is a questionable term). A new kid, Solomon, arrived from Atlanta, Georgia today. I … Continue reading The Weekend
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
Today was simultaneously: The Festival of Cowboys, Dia del Tamal, and the Colombian futbol game. Apparently, here in Ibague (capital of Tolima, a department in Colombia), they have festivals every other day, or some other inordinate frequency. Today, it was the Festival of the Cowboy. That meant that children walked through the streets with toy … Continue reading Dia del Tamal