How to travel by bus in Colombia

Even with airfare so low, taking the bus is still the most economical option for inter-city travel in most cases. It does have the downside of a long time spent en camino, though several Colombians tell me this is the upside to traveling by bus- more time to see the beautiful countryside. I'd still rather…

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…

Olé Olé! My first fútbol game

Junior Barranquilla GOOAALLL!!! Finally, after almost 8 months in Colombia, I made it to a soccer game (or should I say fútbol?) I tagged along with my neighbor Jaime who is part of the Cartagena cheering section for the team in Barranquilla called Junior. Their colors are red and white stripes:  Jaime and I take…

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…