International Women’s Day

Though as the name suggests, it's an international celebration, I'd never heard of Women's Day before. Of course Colombia celebrates it with gusto, and after what I've seen with their other holidays I was not at all surprised. On March 7th, the day before Women's Day, the male teachers at my school held a little dinner…

How to be polite: Saludos

Good morning to all our friends Upon visiting Colombia, one of the first things travellers notice is how important it is to greet everyone you meet. Hola (hello) is okay to use, but it's better and a lot more common to hear buenos días (good morning), buenas tardes (good afternoon), or buenas noches (good evening/night). Each time you…

John F. Kennedy Graduation

Congratulations class of 2015! The Colombian school year runs from January until December. By the end of my first semester teaching at John F. Kennedy it was time to say goodbye to my eleventh grade students. The graduation ceremony was held in the convention center in the historic center of the city. I was glad…