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 (Bogota)

Nobody told me about the long hair! I feel betrayed by my fellow Americans. When I first started my career in the U.S., I had thought that short hair was seen as more professional, so I had decided cut most of it off. But upon moving to Bogota, Colombia, I realized how out of place I…… Continue reading How to Dress like a Colombian Woman (Bogota)

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. The doors of the arena were opened 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 minuscule detailing, the matadors came out shoulders back, chests out, and heads…… Continue reading The Art of Bullfighting