Archive | July, 2014

Hello from The Caribbean!

30 Jul

And soon goodbye too, HA!

I have been in Colombia for three weeks and I have loved every minute of it. The husband came with me but only stayed for a week. I miss him terribly but I get to see him this Friday, yay!

I had planned to blog my whole trip and take millions and millions of pictures, and while I have had taken a lot of photographs, I definitely haven’t gone overboard witht the picture-taking. For one, I feel kind of ridiculous pulling out my iPhone or my camera at a fancy restaurant. Or telling people not to dig in just yet because I want to instagram our food and drinks. Kind of ridiculous if you think about it. Also, there is the obsession we have as a society to document every single minute of our lives and then post it on social media. Why? I understand the want to capture moments on camera so you can look at them and relive the memories. Isn’t it more important to actually be in the moment so that later you have a clearer memory of that time?  I have been trying to  just be in the moment.

 

This is not to say I won’t try to write recaps here. Just that I am going to enjoy this trip to the fullest down to the last minute of it.

See you on the other side of the Atlantic!

 

M

 

 

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Partay At My Hotel!

7 Jul

I’m once again traveling for a work conference. Even while I’m on vacation! Yay!

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This time I’m in Morehead City NC for a two-day workshop.

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I’m really enjoying the conference but I would be enjoying it more if it weren’t for the big trip we have this Thursday! I’m still not done with packing and the eleventy billion errands I have to run before leaving and the whole thing has given me a chronic migraine.

As a way to relieve stress, I’ve been taking pictures of myself

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Such unruly hair, much windy, so trendy (inside joke)

I was actually hoping to eat at a famous local seafood place but then my migraine got worse so I just went out and got more painkillers, takeout sushi and frozen yogurt. And then I had a solo party in my hotel room with delicious spicy sushi and free HBO!

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(Side note, I can’t believe how much I love sushi now when I used to dislike it so much. It’s crazy how your tastes change as you get older)

Next time I post, I’ll be writing from an exciting place somewhere in the caribbean!

A Rant

6 Jul

In light of the loss of Colombia against Brazil in Friday’s World Cup match, I have seen a myriad of Facebook statuses and tweets complaining about the injustice of it all.

Yeah, I was disappointed we lost even though I don’t care about sports that much. But hey, I grew up in Barranquilla where futbol is a big deal and I can’t help getting excited when my team plays (beautifully to boot!)  in the World Cup.

Here is the thing people. It is still just a game. It is not that big a deal in the grand scheme of things. While I wouldn’t do what others do to express their passion for soccer, like posting a wall of text in which you pray to God for the team to score a goal, I have no problem with that because to each their own.  However, I do think there are far more important things to pray about (On Facebook or otherwise).

But when people post videos like the one below, it makes my blood boil.

Really? Killing the referee? Over a soccer match? In what universe is a human life more important than a stupid sport?

I know some people argue that it’s just a joke, just for fun, blah, blah blah. But this is not an acceptable joke in a country like Colombia. A country that has been plagued with violence for a really long time. A country whose citizens living abroad have to live with the burden of always being reminded of our past with drugs and cartels.  A country that has to put up with other countries in the world making fun of our people and insinuating we are all into drugs.

And the worst part? Whenever either of these things happens, we have the audacity to get offended because how dare people make fun of the history of our country? People, we perpetuate the stereotype by making videos like the one above, by filming shows and soap operas about cartels and Escobar and the guerrillas, and by having our national media give so much coverage to all the terrible things that go down in our country.   Don’t we have enough crap to deal with as it is?

I love Colombia with all my heart but this is something that we really, really need to work on as a country.