A few weekends ago I traveled to a nearby town to go rappelling down the Cañaverales Waterfall!Continue reading
The oblea is a dessert from Floridablanca – a nearby town. It consists of dulce de leche, cheese and fruit sandwiched between two wafers. It is my favorite Colombian food. This wrapper shows the love-related names for all the types of oblea. My favorite is “Mi Gran Amor” which has dulce de leche, cheese, cream and blackberries. Continue reading
I am enamored with my job here in Colombia! I am teaching Conversation I and Conversation III classes during the day and leading Conversation Club and Movie Club 3 nights a week. My students range in age from 14 – 27. Conversation classes have been lots of fun to teach because I have a great deal of freedom in selecting materials and my only goal is to get my students to read, write and speak in English – something they’re very eager to do. It’s a great departure from my teaching experience in the U.S.! Most of the teachers at the school are Colombian, one is from Greece and another is from Ireland.
This week I’ve mostly just been getting to know my way around the city and figuring out my daily routine, but I did get a chance to go out last night. Down the street from my house is the French Alliance which teaches French classes and puts on cultural events. Each year in April they bring a mime to a local university for a performance. Last night we saw Guérassim Dichliev, a French mime from Bulgaria perform a monologue about his life story. It was very interesting and quite surreal at times. Afterwards I met a few friends at the salsa club down the street to receive my first salsa lesson – it was brief, but so fun! The club is named Cali Son after Cali, Colombia – the word capital of salsa. My dancing partner was shocked to learn that (a) it was my first time dancing salsa and (b) none of my friends in the U.S. know how to dance like the Colombians do. I will leave you with a video of some fancy Colombian salsa!
Many of you won’t be surprised to learn that one of my first excursions around Bucaramanga led me to the local cemetery – Cementerio Central de Bucaramanga. It turned out to be a quiet respite from the excessive horn-honking that plagues the streets of my fair city.
Everyone in Colombia uses “Chao!” to say good-bye. “Chao!” is always accompanied by a kiss on the cheek. When you put -ito on the end of a word it adds a sense of endearment to it.
Bacano (bah-KAH-no)/ Chévere (CHEV-eh-ray)
Both of these phrase mean “Cool!”.
Estoy satisfecha. (eh-STOY sah-tees-FECH-ah)
A polite way of saying “I’m full!”. Every day I eat a big lunch at home with Andrés and his father and I find myself using this phrase often. We usually have meat, rice, salad and soup for lunch.