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

Spanish Notebook: Colombian-isms

After several summers of picking up slang in Mexico City, my internal Spanish dictionary included words like padre (cool), fresa (preppy or snobby), and guey (dude), and phrases like no mames (literal translation is vulgar but it’s used colloquially to mean “no way”). For my first visit to Mexico City, I was doing an internship organized by Harvard, and the program coordinator introduced us … More Spanish Notebook: Colombian-isms

Coffee Production: Perspectives from Colombian Farms ‘The Plantation House’ and ‘El Ocaso’

After hiking the Valle de Cocora, next up on my must-do list for my visit to Salento was a visit to a coffee farm. I did both a 3 hour tour at The Plantation House and a 1 hour tour at El Ocaso, and here is what I learned: There are two main types of … More Coffee Production: Perspectives from Colombian Farms ‘The Plantation House’ and ‘El Ocaso’

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