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It’s Colombia, not Columbia. Part III

3 years ago 1

Picking up from where I left off yesterday after leaving Salitre Magico I made my way to Monserrate. Monserrate is home to the shrine “El Señor Caído” inside a small church, which as far as churches go wasn’t incredibly astounding, but it didn’t need to be because the real reason for making the trek up the mountain is for the view. I was shocked to learn that only half of Bogota is visible from the mountain (which is over 3,000 meters above sea level), that means *only* 4.5 million people. I stood on the porch of the church for a good hour just starring, taking in the site and contemplating life. Whenever I’m in spaces like that I feel like I move out of myself and my small world to see the bigger picture (thank you C. Wright Mills and the sociological imagination). I think about the history of the people

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Adventures in Bogota–Part II

3 years ago 1

I’m heading home today from Bogota, Colombia and feeling all kinds of emotions (I actually wrote this yesterday on the home but was not able to post it because Newark Airport is the worst). This has really been an amazing trip and I’m sad to go home. Waiting in the airport for my flight to board is always the hardest part. You’re not quite home but those pesky to-do items are starting to creep their way back into the forefront of your mind (like I don’t know, prepping for summer classes which start tomorrow, yes tomorrow..and grades that are due for Spring by 9am). Yay. But I’m not home yet. So I left off on Wednesday after spending the day exploring ‘haunted’ La Candearia and talking to an anthropologist with expertise in all things phantom in Bogota.  Thursday was a holiday in Colombia (and most of the industrialized world—it’s International

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Bogota- Zombies, Ghosts and Coffee

3 years ago 2

When I went to Japan last month I blogged and posted everyday about my various adventures and activities.  I’m in Bogota now and I’ve been here since Saturday and I’ve been writing a ton, but for some reason I haven’t felt like it’s anything I can share..yet.  I’ve learned so much and quite honestly I’m overwhelmed and just starting to make sense of everything. Before I get into some of the heavier stuff and Big Questions I want to mention the AMAZING interviews I’ve had with some key folks who know about fear in Bogota. First on Monday I met with Rodrigo Duarte  who is the director of the Zinema Zombiefest. He and the festival are dedicated to bringing independent horror films to the people—not just in Colombia. He travels internationally working with other film festivals, film makers, and producers to provide a venue to show great independent work. Evolving out

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