Squinting in the bright sun and half-dragging my whining toddler, emotions are running high. I had the great idea to take my kids to Parque 93 after their doctor's appointment. Normally not a problem, but Ingrid is a little sick and I haven't slept well this week. More frustrated by the minute, I'm doing everything … Continue reading Colombian Advice for this Mama
I walk in the door to my daughter’s jardin (preschool) as she trails behind crying. It’s been over a month that she has cried every morning as we arrive and I’m just a little over it. I’ve tried everything I can think of to assuage her fears, but nothing has worked. One of the staff … Continue reading Celebracion día de la Madre
I am 6 days “overdue” and so over being pregnant in Colombia. I can’t remember the last time I slept longer than three hours between my sick toddler and my giant belly. My sister-in-law, Story, is visiting with her daughter, and offers to stay with the girls so we can spend the night at a … Continue reading My Birth in Bogota
Only a few months after we arrived in Bogota, I discovered that I was pregnant with our second baby. As excited as I was, I also overwhelmed with the prospect of having a baby overseas. Being with the Department of State, I had the option to medevac back to the US for my birth. The … Continue reading Everything I Learned about Pregnancy and Birth in Bogota
One of the best things about the Foreign Service is that nearly everywhere you go, your housing is provided. No apartment search in a foreign city, no navigating leases in a foreign language, and best of all – no paying rent! This is a huge bonus for us, and it allows us to save what … Continue reading Our Bogotá Apartment Tour
It’s mid-December in Bogotá. The dry season. It’s beautiful, sunny, with clear skies almost every morning with a crisp 60 degree weather. Growing up in Pennsylvania, to me Christmas is snow and holly and pretty white lights, Christmas carols, hot chocolate and a blazing fireplace. Christmas in Colombia is almost none of those things. As … Continue reading Our Second Colombian Christmas
It’s already been a year in Bogotá, which means we are officially halfway through our tour. As with most things in life, it simultaneously feels like it has been the longest year of my life and I can’t believe it’s already over. Here are the highlights from our first year in Bogotá: We had … Continue reading Our First Year in Bogotá: In Review
You can make all the plans you want, but invariably life will get in the way.
Our first visitors arrived in mid-January. My mother-in-law and two of my younger sisters-in-law landed in Bogotá just a day after we received our household effects shipment. Lucky for me, because this shipment contained a lot of items I wanted for having guests - including two extra mattresses! Also lucky for me, we had decided … Continue reading Day Trip to Guatavita and Zipaquirá
Missing our Christmas traditions, but embracing new ones.