Colombia

A Potato Lover’s Paradise

“What’s your favorite food?” someone from the Vanderbilt athletic department asks me, as they jot down some personal information for an interview. “Potatoes,” I respond, unwavering in my response. I smile, thinking back to the last potato I had eaten, and start to wonder whether I could make a quick stop to Wendy’s before swim…… Continue reading A Potato Lover’s Paradise

Colombia

How to Dress like a Colombian Woman

Nobody told me about the long hair! I feel betrayed, wronged by my fellow Americans. Having previously thought that short hair was professional and in wanting to be “professional”, I had cut most of my hair off. It has been about 2 years that I have had short hair, but upon coming to Colombia, I realized how…… Continue reading How to Dress like a Colombian Woman

Colombia

A Change of Heart [Bullfighting]

I’ve changed my mind. I hope that’s ok? Socrates once said, “All I know is that I know nothing.” I find it comforting to know that even the greatest philosophers of all time realized that we don’t really know or understand anything. It’s nice to know we can be free in changing our thoughts, because ultimately,…… Continue reading A Change of Heart [Bullfighting]

Colombia

The Art of Bullfighting

It began with some light, slow music, and the doors of the arena were opened as to welcome the matadors, the support crews of “banderilleros” and “picadores”, and horses onto the floor. Dressed in what translates to english as “suit of lights”, with gold tassels and miniscule detailing, the matadors came out shoulder’s back, chests out,…… Continue reading The Art of Bullfighting