World Cup Blues, Spanish Continued, and Day Trips

Colombia Made it to Round of 16 – First Time in its History
With Germany’s victory over Argentina and the World Cup now behind us, I’m a little late with sharing my small part in helping Colombia make it to the Round of 16 teams for the first time in its history with its defeat over Uruguay in the Round of 32. How did I help, you may ask? I think the extra support I added, on top of the other 94% of Colombians who adore fútbol (soccer), added the necessary energy to take this young and inspiring team to its furthest advance in the 90 years since the World Cup first began. Or at least this is what I tell Marcela. After all, I arrive and the team does exceptionally well. What other conclusion could be drawn?

In all seriousness, as I’ve previously written, here the World Cup is a phenomenon which united this […]

By |July 18th, 2014|Blog|5 Comments

Spanish Classes, Bogotá and the World Cup

You can only live in a place so long understanding just the signs and a sentence here or there before the burning desire to learn the language takes hold of you. So it was for me that after a month and a half here, it was time to go back to school again, this time for Spanish classes. My classes are at a private University about 35 minute walk from home (which I gladly travel by foot). They last two hours and are five days a week. The University, EAFIT, is small in size by US standards but has 13,000 students and a delightful small-school feeling. It’s schools – which are really just buildings – include Humanities, Engineering, Law, Economics and Finance, Materials Science, and a Language Center. The language center has English, Chinese, Japanese, French, and Spanish, among others. Presently, my class has 5 people in it, not counting […]

By |June 14th, 2014|Blog|7 Comments

First Month in Medellin

Hi family and friends,

It’s been a long while so It’s time to start blogging again. Especially since there is something now to write about. As some of you may know, I was married Dec. 16, 2013 to a Colombian woman, Marcela, and several months later, on April 4th, a different life began when, after packing up my room, selling my car and possessions that don’t ship very well, and packing my three suitcases and two carry ons, I flew to Medellin, Colombia to begin our married life together (read how me we met and watch our how-we-met-and-wedding-picture slideshow here). It took a good six months to prepare for this – letting go of possessions slowly, researching and figuring out how to keep my US persona with bank account, P.O. Box, phone, credit cards, while living and working in a foreign country. And slowly it became a reality such that today, one month after […]

By |May 17th, 2014|Blog|19 Comments