Tag Archives: Barranquilla

An Old Rant Revisited

Today, five days into my new life in Brazil, I got pissed for the first time since I arrived. It was at the gym and it involved a cultural and linguistic misunderstanding. As my Portuguese leaves much to be desired, … Continue reading

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Colombia Mía: Amor y Amistad

Tomorrow in Colombia is Love and Friendship Day, a homegrown version of Valentine’s Day that includes platonic friends just as much as romantic. It’s strange that I’ve been thinking a lot about Colombia lately, just as this holiday approaches. During … Continue reading

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Colombia Mía: Maizena y Agua

Carnaval de Barranquilla, February 2009 One of the traditions of Carnival here in Colombia is the throwing of corn starch and water on unsuspecting revelers. This is the first time in three years that someone has succeeded in tagging me. … Continue reading

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En Barranquilla Se Baila Así

Part 2 of a 3-part series on lesser-known, but no-less-hot, Carnival celebrations. Growing every year by word of mouth, the Carnaval de Barranquilla on the Caribbean coast of Colombia is more an expression of folklore and regional culture than random … Continue reading

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"Going Native"

This essay was originally published in 2006 at the now-defunct InverseOnline, a website dedicated to all things South American. Barranquilla, Colombia: “Where you from?” the driver asks in Spanish after a few minutes in the air-conditioned cab. He had picked … Continue reading

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