Bugs and Creatures: Don’t Hate, Cohabitate

They come in all forms, insects, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. During my time living on the Caribbean Coast I see that there’s no fighting the amount of critters all over your space, no matter how personal or sacred it may be. You just gotta get used to living with them. Frogs, bats, geckos, roaches, mosquitos,…

Easter in Usiacurí

With the spring season also comes the rebirth of Christ, or Easter as some would rather call it. In Colombia our version of spring break is called Semana Santa, or Holy Week. Essentially the week leading into Easter Sunday.

Carnaval Solicitors

During Carnaval season, kids and even some adults dress up as different Carnaval personalities and go around and passively beg people for whatever coins and change they have.

Carnaval Drag Show in Usiacurí

Natalia de la Rosa Galvis Carnaval Gay 2016, was printed on everyone’s wristbands as they entered Alcala, one of Usiacurí’s bars. The bottom floor had the regulars playing pool and drinking beer, their usual Saturday night was disrupted by Usiacurí’s gay community and their avid supporters entering their beloved estandero*. A group of musicians playing…

Comida Antioqueña

During my vacation to Antioquia, a department in the interior of Colombia, I was able to experience the foods they have. The typical dish and food they eat differ from those on the Caribbean coast. Fish is not readily available or accessible, so my diet changed quite a bit. Chorizo is fresh, and not processed…

La Toma, Usiacurí’s 2016 Carnaval Kick-off

With new year here, and Carnaval quickly approaching in early February, Usiacurí’s newly elected mayor had prove he had the town’s best interest in mind by having a parade introducing Usiacurí’s Carnaval Royal Court on January 2, 2016. By 5 p.m. the local radio station and the town crier had announced the parade route several…

Colombian New Year’s Customs

With New Years Eve upon us, my host family was recollecting some rituals that they claim to have brought them good fortune in the past. Who knows they can be trans-continental and worth trying out in welcoming the new years. Eat 12 Grapes, 12 seconds before midnight; this one I’m sure has been on your…

The Fridge

The fridge is unplugged every night between 9:30 and10 p.m. and powered on again, in the morning, based on who wakes up first and decides to make breakfast. This is done to shave off some pesos from the light bill, not sure how much it saves. But know that this transcends all economic classes, and…