Processing an Earthquake from Afar, or Mexico City on My Mind

Amidst the slew of natural disasters this month, the earthquakes of the last several weeks in Mexico have hit closest to home for me. The great devastation of the September 19, 2017 earthquake in Mexico City literally destroyed apartments I formerly inhabited during various stints living in Mexico, not to mention the wreckage (psychological, physical, … More Processing an Earthquake from Afar, or Mexico City on My Mind

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

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

Processing the Plebiscite and the Power of Hate

Yesterday afternoon I watched the results of the referendum vote on Colombia’s peace accords. Since last Monday afternoon when the final version of the agreements was signed by President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Timochenko, Bogotá was overtaken by a sense of optimism for the future. The campaign for the Sí conspicuously dominated in the … More Processing the Plebiscite and the Power of Hate