¡Quien lo vive es quien lo goza!
Apr03

¡Quien lo vive es quien lo goza!

This semester I am studying abroad in Barranquilla, Colombia–home of the world’s second largest Carnaval and I arrived just in time to experience the wonderful celebration. Carnaval is a celebration that embodies the Spanish, indigenous and African cultures that comprise the Colombian national identity.   Colorful and extravagant costumes. The loud and vibrant sound of traditional Colombian music. Dancing in the...

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Closer to God: Semana Santa in Colombia
Apr03

Closer to God: Semana Santa in Colombia

Studying abroad is all about embarking on new adventures that challenge you to expand your comfort zone, right? In a small town tucked away in the Andes Mountains, Villa de Leyva, I had such an adventure that broadened not only my horizons, but also my spirituality. In many Catholic countries around the world, the week leading up to Easter is known as Holy Week and represents a celebration in which believers reflect upon the stages of...

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¡Una cálida bienvenida a Palenque!
Apr03

¡Una cálida bienvenida a Palenque!

One of the reasons I chose to study in the Atlantic coast of Colombia was because I wanted to learn more about AfroLatinx culture in the Caribbean. Cartagena, and the neighboring town of Palenque, located just a couple of hours away from Barranquilla, provided the perfect venue in which I could enrich my understanding of the nuances of AfroColombian culture. Cartagena, one of the most important slave ports in the Americas in the 16th...

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