Monday, March 7, 2011
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
When I got home tonight, my friend Katherine had sent me an email that translated to something like this: Sally, I'm not sure if you know, but today is the day of love and friendship, so I hope you had a wonderful day. Although we've only known each other for a short time, I think you're a really sweet person, and I hope we become good friends in the future.
So I hope all of you had a wonderful day, too, and that you were able to share it with people you love. And don't worry if you haven't met more of your people yet. It may take awhile, but it'll happen. In the meantime, you already have your people, and I think we should all feel quite lucky about that.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
|Front entrance to the school|
|My "office" / the English library|
|View from the English department|
|Alfonso, Sarah, Me, Luis Miguel|
When I’ve told people that I went hiking with a group of ten people, the response has been, “You already have ten friends to go on a trip with?!” Granted, I wasn’t the one planning the trip - I was was merely an invitee, but yes, I surprisingly have made a lot of friends. In my first two weeks here I was really worried that people would be friendly but wouldn’t actually care to become legitimate friends with some American girl who would just be around for a year. Everyone already has their friends – why need a new one? Luckily, this was purely an assumption and far from the truth. I’ve already met a ton of people around my age (mostly students), and because Manizales is so small, I continue to run into the same acquaintances who then become friends, whether our get-togethers are planned or unexpected. It’s funny to think back on my experience in Argentina, where I would have given anything to simply have one good Argentine friend, yet here I am after 6 weeks in Colombia, and I already have about 10 Colombian friends whom I am closer to than my one “real” Argentine friend (excluding my host family). Everyone here is incredibly friendly, and many are eager to make new friends and have long philosophical discussions with someone from a different country and culture. It’s exciting to think that after such a short time I have already formed so many relationships, and this number will only continue to grow.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I'm currently living with a guy named Juan Sebastian - a student and fellow member of AIESEC. What is AIESEC you ask? Let me explain. AIESEC is an international student-run organization founded in 1948 by students in France and Germany for the purpose of bettering relations between young adults from different backgrounds and countries. AIESEC now exists in over 100 countries, and its main goal is cultural exchange. Students work with companies, schools, organizations, etc. in their local cities to set up internships and jobs so that students from other countries can then work abroad, experience a new culture, make friends in other countries, and so on. When I decided I wanted to teach in Colombia for a year, I went onto the AIESEC database and found a teaching job. Now that I'm here, I have one AIESEC member hosting me for the next week or so, another in charge of my contract, another handling the visa and green card process, another helping me to find my own apartment, and plenty more to act as my new friends. It is quite the ideal situation. Juan Sebas has a nice apartment with great views, as you can see by the pictures I've posted - these were all taken outside of my bedroom window. He's been a great roommate - very friendly and helpful. He lives in an area called El Cable, and I'll be staying in this area when I find my own place. El Cable is filled with bars, cafes, shops, a movie theater, and anything else that you would want within a 5-block walking radius of your apartment.