Getsemani in Cartagena, Colombia – Where the Art Does Not Hang in a Gallery but on the Walls of the Neighborhood

I had visited the beautiful colonial city of Cartagena, Colombia on various occasions but it was not until my 2018 trip that I made it to Cartagena’s neighborhood of Getsemani located right outside the walled city. While Cartagena as a city enjoyed a renaissance during the 1990’s, not all of its communities enjoyed the prosperity. Getsemani was known for its crime, drugs, and prostitution. By … Continue reading Getsemani in Cartagena, Colombia – Where the Art Does Not Hang in a Gallery but on the Walls of the Neighborhood

Colorful Cartagena, Colombia

The city of Cartagena located on the Atlantic Coast of Colombia was founded by the Spaniards in 1533. It was known then as Cartagena de Indias. By 1586 construction began on a stone fortification to protect the city from Caribbean pirates. In time, the city was enclosed by 7 miles of militarily fortified walls. It is considered one of the most extensive fortifications of South … Continue reading Colorful Cartagena, Colombia

Nobel Peace Prize for Santos, Really?

As a fellow Colombian I felt that I could not stay silent after hearing this past week’s announcement that the Nobel Peace Prize had been given to Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos. The Nobel Prize Committee’s press release states that Santos deserves this prize for his “resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year long civil war to an end”. https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2016/press.html The bottom line … Continue reading Nobel Peace Prize for Santos, Really?

A Special Treat

It does not get better than this… The warm gentle sun of a beautiful summer morning. Good mellow music playing in the background. Delicious coffee made with organic coffee beans from my uncle’s coffee plants on his farm in Guatapé, Colombia; with a touch of half-n-half and a generous amount of sugar because this Colombian likes her coffee sweet. Very crunchy Tuscan bread toast with light whipped cream cheese and fresh … Continue reading A Special Treat

Mariíta

Note: The accent mark on the second “i” separates the two short sounding vowels and is pronounced Mari-ita. Mariíta was a small, frail, and very poor woman who lived in Medellin, Colombia. Even her name, the diminutive form for the Spanish name Maria, described her smallness. My paternal grandmother had taken Mariíta, her neighbor, under her wing. She would bring her food and keep her … Continue reading Mariíta

Te Mando Flores

On this cold January day, “Te Mando Flores”, I send you flowers. That’s the title of an upbeat and uplifting song by Colombian Vallenato singer Fonseca. On this cold January day I share with you some of my Colombian heritage and introduce you to the warming sounds of the Vallenato. The Vallenato music is from the northern coast of Colombia. It means, “from the valley”, … Continue reading Te Mando Flores

The Story of the Funeral Home, Coca-Cola, and the Buñuelo

When I look back at my life I have to laugh at some of my quirky memories. One in particular comes to mind. As a child, my parents would send me to Medellin, Colombia every summer to spend it with my relatives. One of the things I would do often during my visits was to spend time at my grandfather’s business. There is where the quirkiness … Continue reading The Story of the Funeral Home, Coca-Cola, and the Buñuelo

Series on Multiculturalism, Diversity, and Cross-Cultural Relationships

Part II The Importance of Exposure to Multiculturalism and Diversity This is the second of my three-part series on multiculturalism, diversity, and cross-cultural relationships. In my first article: https://thelabyrinthguide.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/series-on-multiculturalism-cross-cultural-relationships-and-diversity/, I shared with my readers how and when I became impassioned with this topic. In this follow-up posting, I elaborate on the importance of exposure to multiculturalism and diversity. My definition of diversity includes people with all … Continue reading Series on Multiculturalism, Diversity, and Cross-Cultural Relationships

Series on Multiculturalism, Cross-Cultural Relationships, and Diversity

Part I: My Passion for All Things International This is the first of a series of three articles on the topic of multiculturalism, cross-cultural relationships, and diversity. In this first posting I share with my readers how and when my interest in this area developed, creating a backdrop for the second article. In the follow-up article I communicate why I feel it is so important and critical to be … Continue reading Series on Multiculturalism, Cross-Cultural Relationships, and Diversity

Frisoles Colombianos con Arroz, Chorizo, y Aguacate

Easy Colombian Beans with Rice, Chorizo, and Avocado Serves 4 How about impressing your friends with a delicious and easy to make Colombian dinner. Frisoles or fríjoles are a very typical meal in the state of Antioquia where my city Medellin is located. Frisoles is the food of the mountains, the food of the people, and the food of comfort. If you find yourself in … Continue reading Frisoles Colombianos con Arroz, Chorizo, y Aguacate