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Totumo Mud Bath Photos

Tuesday, December 03, 2013      6 comments

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Saturday, November 30, 2013      3 comments

On Saturday my host and his daughter took me to the mud volcano of Totumo about 50 miles outside of Cartagena. Driving along the turnpike Highway 90 in Northern Colombia we passed rich fields with views of the ocean and rolling hills with c... Read more

The Art of Bargaining

Sunday, November 24, 2013      5 comments

Nothing has a set price. This is the first thing you must learn in a third world country. The art of bargaining is a must, and for many North Americans who only bargain for a house or a car, and who find that quite disagreeable, bargaining ... Read more

Cultural Differences

Friday, November 22, 2013      5 comments

Cultural differences can lead to misunderstandings. Ask me, I know. Yesterday I went into the kitchen to prepare oatmeal for breakfast. The Senora was there heating milk for my coffee. When I told her I wanted some "avena" and I would make... Read more

The Phone "Booth."

Tuesday, November 19, 2013      7 comments

Okay, the day of the phone booth has passed. Clark Kent will have to find another place to disrobe, and most of the world has found that cell phones, even in remote areas are the order of the day. But in many third world countries, some peo... Read more

The Corner Store

Tuesday, November 19, 2013      3 comments

In my youth the mom and pop corner store was a reality. Just about every corner in the Philadelphia neighborhoods had the corner zoned for commercial use. The luncheonette, the butcher, the druggist, the ice cream store and the small gr... Read more

A Child on my Knee

Thursday, November 14, 2013      6 comments

Years ago when I was an old mother (my child was born when I was almost 36) I enjoyed sitting in the rocker, nursing him, singing him to sleep, and later reading books. I still love doing that (well, not nurse) Read more

The Shortest Distance Between Points

Thursday, November 07, 2013      4 comments

My host knows nothing about mathematics or geometry. Except to the occasional student I am willing to bet that math is a subject to be taught in theory, for the pure devilment of educators, for with the exception of sums one does in one's head,... Read more

The Sounds of Cartagena

Tuesday, November 05, 2013      2 comments

Today, as I was doing the laundry in the wringer washer and waiting for each load to finish I sat in the patio of this railroad-car style house and just listened. Of course there was the swishing of the washer but as I sat in the sun I he... Read more

Not a Drop to Flush

Thursday, October 31, 2013      4 comments

We take so many things for granted...water, electricity, food, instant access to the world by the Internet. So when first world inhabitants don't have these things they feel deprived and maybe a little or a lot inconvenienced. This mornin... Read more

It's Not on The Tracker

Sunday, October 27, 2013      5 comments

This is nothing new to me, nor is the frustration of not being able to find common South American fruits and vegetables on the tracker. Oh, for sure, you can find, papaya, mango and plantains on the tracker. Ditto, pineapple, apples and p... Read more

Share a walk through the Historic District of Cartagena

Friday, October 25, 2013      7 comments
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Clean? Sweep

Wednesday, October 23, 2013      5 comments

It's barely 8 am and all the ladies on my block in Cartagena are out on the street sweeping. Lucilla, the grandmother is out, sweeping leaves, dirt, trash that people have carelessly thrown and water from last night's rain shower. She is... Read more

First Day at Sta. Rita Daycare

Monday, October 21, 2013      4 comments

My hair was hardly dry when Libary, the volunteer coordinator peeked into my room and asked "Are you ready to go?" I put down the dryer, gathered up my books and toys, stashed then in my canvas bag and headed out the door and down the road ... Read more

The Day at the Beach that Never Was

Sunday, October 20, 2013      5 comments

I was waiting around for almuerzo (mid day meal) with the intention of going to the beach afterward. At 2 pm Max said, "Ruth, Vamos!" ' Where?', I asked, "To the beach,' he replied. They were going to take me to one of the local beaches, but ins... Read more

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