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

Film, Music, and Theatre–25 Days, 3 Festivals

The month of March was exhilarating, packed with arts festivals and celebrations of culture! The first weekend, I escaped Bogotá for a long weekend in Cartagena to attend the Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias. The following weekend I haggled and got a cheap 3-day pass to Festival Estéreo Picnic, a music festival that … More Film, Music, and Theatre–25 Days, 3 Festivals

“Algo Está Cambiando” & Growing to Love Colombia

While I’m pulling the title phrase of Bomba Estereo’s song “Algo Está Cambiando” out of context, my attitudes about Colombia are certainly changing with every passing day. And I’ve been listening to Bomba Estereo on repeat, so it feels fitting to pay homage a little in the naming of this post. (Bonus points if you listen … More “Algo Está Cambiando” & Growing to Love Colombia

El Abrazo de La Serpiente / Embrace of the Serpent

After first hearing about the Colombian film, El abrazo de la serpiente, or Embrace of the Serpent as it’s been titled in English, I was on the lookout for a screening nearby. I saw nearly everything in theaters over Christmas vacation, but the film hadn’t made it to NC (nor NYC or LA) in January. Even after … More El Abrazo de La Serpiente / Embrace of the Serpent

Rolex Arts Weekend Mexico City–Visual Arts and Film Program

This weekend I was lucky enough to snag tickets (and sneak into some of the private events for which I couldn’t buy tickets) to the Rolex Arts Initiative Weekend in Mexico City. The program invites “masters” in different arts to serve for a year as mentors for an artist on the brink of large-scale recognition … More Rolex Arts Weekend Mexico City–Visual Arts and Film Program

Templo Mayor : El Sitio Arqueológico y el Museo

In the very center of downtown Mexico City only meters past the Zócalo and Palacio Nacional sits what had been the capital of the Aztec empire, Tenochtitlan, up until the Spaniards destroyed the city in 1521. Although Tenochtitlan and its counterpart at Tlatelolco (now called the Plaza de las Tres Culturas) were major civic-ceremonial centers of … More Templo Mayor : El Sitio Arqueológico y el Museo

Museo Dolores Olmedo

This is hands-down my favorite museum in the city both because of its fabulous permanent collection (featuring many works by Frida and Diego) but also because visiting is such an immersive experience. While many tourists lament the location far from the city center and many don’t even make it down to Xochimilco to visit Museo Dolores … More Museo Dolores Olmedo