Meaningful Travel in Colombia and Mysterious Tombs

Note: This article originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of The City Paper Bogotá, and can be found on the newspaper’s website here. See more of my writing in this publication in “Other Writing.” When I first arrived in Bogotá, my circumstances were unusual. Dreamy, you might say. I was awarded a competitive postgraduate traveling fellowship to … More Meaningful Travel in Colombia and Mysterious Tombs

Bookstores in Bogotá & Reading Culture in Gabo’s Terrain

As the home to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, it should come as no surprise that Colombia takes pride in its literary production. While you may not see as many people on the Transmilenio reading books during their commutes as on the NYC Subway, the country has been making more of an effort in recent years to … More Bookstores in Bogotá & Reading Culture in Gabo’s Terrain

The Colombian Amazon: Myth, Mud, Unusual Animals, and Adventure

One of the first activities I truly enjoyed after moving to Bogotá was seeing the movie El Abrazo de la Serpiente (Embrace of the Serpent), so it feels like a fitting last hurrah before moving back to the U.S. to take my final trip in Colombia to visit the mythical region that is the setting and subject … More The Colombian Amazon: Myth, Mud, Unusual Animals, and Adventure

Why I Read, Obama Reads, and You Should, Too

Talking about my liberal arts education in the context Colombia’s career-oriented culture is tense. I am on the defensive. Once people get to know me better and hear about my drives, passions, and the rigor I bring to my life and studies–or once it’s been spilled where I went to college–the tension typically diffuses. At universities here, students … More Why I Read, Obama Reads, and You Should, Too

Páramos, Peace, and Emerging Outdoors Culture in Colombia

When I chose Colombia as the base for my traveling fellowship, I expected there to be natural beauty. My image before arriving was of lush, monkey-filled jungles, wide Amazonian rivers, and Caribbean beaches. But I have learned that the landscape throughout this country is far more varied and spectacular than the hazy exotic images conjured … More Páramos, Peace, and Emerging Outdoors Culture in Colombia

Barichara and The Park with the Most Enchanting Fragrance

When I travel, I typically have my camera constantly at the ready, but in the last year I have made more of an effort to take note of other qualities that characterize certain places, the observations that a photograph simply cannot capture. Last week when I arrived to the small town of Barichara, I stepped off a … More Barichara and The Park with the Most Enchanting Fragrance