So… sorry everybody. I’ve been here for 3 weeks and I’m just now writing a post. In my defense, I didn’t have internet that worked with my computer and I’m definitely not about to write up a blog post on my phone, but it’s all good now (thanks, neighbors!)
About my town
- I live in a pretty small town about 30 minutes south of Barranquilla on the Magdalena River.
- The main source of transportation around town is a motocarro (basically a motorcycle with seats on the back). They are constantly whizzing around and I am terrified of getting run over by one.
- It’s really hot here as expected.
- People here are really nice and I feel very safe.
About my family
- I have a host mom, dad and four sisters (all around my age).
- My host mom and her sister are both teachers at the school where I’m doing my practicum.
- My sisters are all really nice and have worked hard to make sure I have not had a moment of boredom since I arrived.
- My sisters all studied really cool sciency subjects like industrial engineering, microbiology and chemical engineering (except the youngest who just started college).
- I live in a very nice house and have a very comfortable room.
- I have a 2 year old host neighbor who practically lives at our house and loves to color and play Peppa the Pig and dolls with me. She’s also an awesome dancer.
- We also have a ton of birds including 3 talking parrots that know phrases such as “Gooool de Junioooor!”, “Junior, tu papá!” and “Mi amor, mi vida!”
- Every Colombian I’ve met has said “You came here at the best time!” Why? Because
- Carnaval is a celebration of the time leading up to lent that combines African, Spanish and Indigenous roots and includes concerts, parades, pageants, activities for kids and much more.
- Carnaval is not a day but a season. For pretty much the entire month of January and the beginning of February it’s pretty much a nonstop party.
- Interesting Carnaval traditions:
- People throw Cornstarch at each other. No idea why. They also spray each other with foam and water.
- People dress up in a variety of costumes. One is the Marimonda which basically looks like a weird, colorful, badly drawn elephant person.
- Another popular costume is to dress up as a negrito and paint your entire body black. It’s not considered offensive here as it is seen as a celebration of African culture.
So that’s just a little update about my situation here. I’m having a blast and have definitely been super busy. More to come later!