Colombia: Mi Media Naranja

My students taught me a lovely phrase this week; the love of your life is known as your “media naranja” which literally means your “half orange”. My friend from Argentina tells me it’s a common expression there as well and that you can also say media limón (lemon), media manzana (apple) or any other fruit that you feel like using.

Up until last Thursday I had been visiting the climbing gym in Bucaramanga once or twice a week. Unfortunately I didn’t warm up well enough on Thursday and pulled a muscle in my leg, resulting in more pain than I knew was possible from pulling a muscle. The upside of this experience was learning that any kind of medicine you need, including prescription-strength pain killers, can be obtained from the pharmacy for $3 without a prescription needed. I’ll be back to climbing next week and will hopefully visit La Mesa de Los Santos soon – it’s a very popular climbing destination about an hour away from Bucaramanga. Continue reading

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San Gil/Barichara/Guane

Although Colombia declared a separation between church and state in 1991 we still have national holidays for important Catholic events such as Ascension Day which took place last Monday. The three-day weekend was spent in San Gil – a small town about 2 hours from Bucaramanga. Our bus took a winding road through mountains and canyons that reminded me a lot of the landscape in Colorado. Much to the dismay of our fellow passengers we made the bus driver stop for a second to take a group photo in front of the Chicamocha Canyon.

David (Colombian), Lisa (German), Me, Andres (my roommate), Marlon (Colombian) and Susy (Brazilian).

David (Colombian), Lisa (German), Me, Andres (my roommate), Marlon (Colombian) and Susy (Brazilian).

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Hormigas

My first encounter with hormigas (ants) was at Conversation Club – a group I run at my school that meets in the evenings twice a week. After learning that I had never eaten ants my students showed up at our next meeting with a bag of fried ones for me to try.

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Floridablanca

Many of my weekends and vacation days have been spent going on adventures with my friend Lisa in the nearby town of Floridablanca. It’s a short bus ride away and has access to hiking in the mountains. On our first trip to Florida we were delighted to meet this talking parrot which was hanging out in someone’s yard!

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