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South America » Colombia » Bogota November 13th 2013

My dear friends, I am going to take advantage of this blog to let you know about the 14th National Conference at Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, where I was a keynote speaker after a national competition of proposals. My talk was about Lifelong Learning and that was a chance to sort of recap my learning and teaching experience in languages, lucky me, mine was the national winner and that´s how they allowed me to be one of the 6 keynote speakers. That was a wonderful experience and although I had some problem with my slides due to the light of a day which was too sunny and we were not in a confined space and I didn´t have a plan B; anyway, I tried to do my best to tell them what was in there, but ... read more
This was the poster of the conference
The photo taken in China that I used for the Conference Handbook
Joan Rubin, PhD, another keynote speaker from la univ de la Sabana, Bogota

South America » Colombia » Bogota November 6th 2013

Dear folks, I would like to tell you about an interesting project currently taking place in my country whose main purpose is to improve the low level of English of our Colombian students. This project had me visit the capital where I was trained in how to deliver some formal workshops, so that I could sort of recreate them here in Floridablanca. Therefore, in this short entry, I will tell you a bit about it but first a short account on our national situation regarding the lingua franca and the success of the project. English in Colombia Unfortunately, the teaching of English in Colombia has not been as effective as it should be, in fact, according to a report done by the Banco de la Republica in 2012, only 1% of Colombian students are bilingual and ... read more
In one of the training sessions in Bogota
The whole group
Omar, the coordinator of the programme

South America » Colombia » Bogota October 2nd 2013

Wieder frueh aufstehen, wir muessen zum Zoll und denen die MR entlocken. Um 8.00 sitzen wir alle im Bus, mit Helm, Motorradschluesseln, Regenzeug, Buch, Wasserflasche etc. So kurz vor 9.00 hatte sich der Fahrer des Kleinbusses durch Bogota gewuehlt und war bei der Adresse angelangt, wo wir den Fixer abholen sollten. Ein Fixer ist jemand, der sich auskennt und gegen Geld hilft, die oertliche Buerokratie zu ueberwinden. Aber wir brauchten den Fixer noch nicht - die Zollinspektoren inspizieren heute erst ab 14.00. Also zurueck zum Hotel, wir treffen uns um 13.00 wieder und ueben dann weiter. Das Treffen um 13.00 ist denkbar kurz: wir treffen uns um 15.00 wieder, Kevin hat keine Ahnung, ob wir heute noch was erledigen koennen oder nicht... Um 15.00 fahren wir wieder zum Buero, wo wir den Fixer abholen sollen. Keiner ... read more

South America » Colombia » Bogota October 1st 2013

Frueh aufstehen - merkt man, dass ich allmaehlich saumuede bin??? Am Flughafen rumlungern. Ankunft in Bogota - es beginnt zu regnen, Hurra, wenigstens keine Duerre. Es zeigte sich wieder mal, dass es ueberall weisse und schwarze Schafe gibt. Die weissen Schafe schleppten das Gepaeck und halfen beim Einladen, Tim stellte sein Gepaeck vor das Auto, in das es hinein musste und setzte sich in den Minibus. Als ich dann nach getaner Arbeit auch einstieg meckerte er rum, dass er so lange hier sitzen musste ohne Klimaaanlage im Auto. Ich wies ihn sanft darauf hin, dass es immer noch besser sei, im Auto nichts zu tun, als draussen mitzuhelfen. Ich fuerchte, wir werden keine Freunde fuers Leben. Auch Sir Charles (Blois) kann mich wohl kaum ausstehen. Er sass im Flieger neben mir und wir mussten was ausfuellen, ... read more

South America » Colombia » Bogota September 25th 2013

We survived the Bogota traffic jam and made it back to our hostel safely. Fortunately our bags were still at the hostel and with all their contents! We were again told that we would be staying in an apartment rather than the main hostel building. We were led to the same building, but this time up to the fourth floor and into a large two bedroom apartment – not bad for 30AUD per night! It would have been even better if the hot water worked… I spent the next few hours on the phone to approximately a million people at our airline trying to sort out our flight home which they decided to change to a day later without telling us. Eventually we decided to give up trying to get any sense out of the call ... read more
Worshipping Wok
Art at Museo Nacional
Old door at Museo Nacional

South America » Colombia » Bogota September 21st 2013

We arrived in Bogota just before 9am following an early flight (and even earlier taxi!) from Armenia. Fortunately our room was ready so we were able to check in as soon as we arrived at the hostel. The lady said our room wasn’t in the main building so walked us to an apartment block nearby and showed us to our very own studio apartment complete with kitchen which would be our home for the next two nights. Our apartment was in the La Candalaria district of Bogota, which is close to most of the major sites and museums. The suburb is really strange, there are gorgeous old building (sometimes covered in terrible graffiti) right next to grimey ‘newer’ building which look like they were transplanted from communist Russia. Its shame they didn’t think about architecture of ... read more
Our apartment
Plaza de Bolivar
Iglesia de San Ignacio

South America » Colombia » Bogota June 24th 2013

Posle tačno 8 meseci vraćam se rodnoj grudi. Slećem na aerodrom u Frankfurtu i tačno sat ipo vremena pešačim sa jednog gejta na drugi, odakle za nekoliko sati letim za Budimpeštu. Sat ipo? Ovo nije aerodrom, ovo je čitav grad, ničija zemlja prepuna ljudi u potpunoj panici jer se plaše da će propustiti sledeći let za ko zna koji deo planete. Sedam da pojedem sendvič i popijem kafu i obuzme me zadovoljstvo. Ne jer sam dala za sendvič 10 evra, već jer mi ti ukusi preplavljuju usta i telo. I shvatim. Nisam pojela tako dobar sendvič, niti popila tako dobru kafu skoro godinu dana. A odakle sam sletela? Iz Kolumbije, zemlje kafe i najviše vrsti voća i povrća na svetu. Kakva tuga! Odjednom sva ta kafa u mom koferu zbog koje sam za malo prešla dozvoljene ... read more

South America » Colombia » Bogota June 10th 2013

Etz höckli scho daa in Madrid ufme Flughafebänkli und chans chuum erwarte, ändlich id Schwiiz zflüge =) Natürli bini au chli trurig das mis Reisli scho ume isch, sgad so rassig verbii die 5 Mönet ! Nachdem dConny mich wieder verlah hät, hani mi vo Ecuador uf de Wäg nach Kolumbie gmacht. Wilmer nurno 10 Täg verblibe sind, hani mer zwei Ort ganz zHerze gno zum bsueche: Cali, bekannt fürd Salsaszene und Cartagena, swohl schönschte und farbfrohenschte Städtli ade Küste vo Kolumbie. Ufem Wäg uf Cali bini ines Gspröch cho mitme Kolumbianer, öpe so um di 50i ume. Er hätmer verzellt daser e eigni Kafifarm, öpe 3h weg vo Cali hät. Natürli häter mi grad wele zu sich hei ilade! S ischmer parmal passiert das mich Familie oder kolumbianischi Lüüt händ wele ilade. Bi ois wür ... read more
Hostal Viajero
Hostal Viajero :D
Hostal Viajero

South America » Colombia » Bogota May 28th 2013

(Post from Mike) In retrospect, the plan to packlife our entire life on a Monday and then embark on a 63-day backpacking tour on a Tuesday morning may have been a tad ambitious. But we have done it! I am sitting next to Jess in the wonderful Avainca airport lounge in Bogota, Columbia awaiting our connection to La Paz, Bolivia later tonight. Seriously, the Bogota airport so far puts Air Canada to shame. There are little ham and cheese sandwiches everywhere, high speed Internet, and even a Burger King serving the exact same stuff as we can get on Yonge Street. Most importantly, the security scanning officials here even didn't make me remove all of my miniature liquids one by one and then examine each as if my Gillette shaving cream may contain smallpox 2.0. Thanks ... read more
Mike looking a bit nervous in the 6am cab to the airport - South America here we come!
Mike joyously discovering Canada Dry in the Bogota lounge

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