The Bicultural Brain

  Culture Affects Brain Structure and Function When immersed in a new culture we often become cynical after the “honeymoon stage.” We get anxious or depressed, and we complain, throwing blame at anyone and everything related to the unfamiliar culture. We may ask accusatory questions, “Why don’t people use their blinkers here? Why don’t people…

Barranquilla Taxistas Part 1: “The Fart Tax”

  The taxi service in Barranquilla is a culture in itself. I come from a suburban neighborhood where public transportation is not very convenient, so I wasn’t familiar with taxis in general, let alone Barranquilla cabs. Upon arriving, my school gave me a tiny slip of paper with my address, kind of like what mothers…

The Honeymoon Stage

       I am not married, so I have never been on a honeymoon. I imagine it feels something like the first few months after moving to a new country. When I arrived in Barranquilla and was shown my new life, especially my apartment, I felt like I was in an episode of Extreme Home Makeover.…

Look Inside by Stepping Outside: Why Go Abroad?

          I was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and I grew up in the surrounding suburbs. I even went to college in the small, southern-Minnesotan town, St. Peter, and I attended Gustavus Adolphus College, a private school at the top of a big, windy hill. I majored in Communication Arts and…

Subjectivity is Truth

Me: Hey, I just got a job in Colombia. I am moving to Barranquilla for at least 2 years. Friends: Wow, congrats. You gonna be a drug lord? (I chuckle/sigh) Me: Nope, teacher…                   As I walked with my girlfriend to the bus stop, there was a man sleeping in the…