Buenos dias, me llamo Amanda y soy de Los Estados Unidos. Aprendi a tocar la guitarra en Colombia asi que espero que disfruten esta cancion Colombiana, el alegre pescador!! Si, me di cuenta despues que estoy diciendo “HabLA y no HAbla”; no se porque pero mas tarde voy a grabar una version mejor.

-Not a direct translation:-

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Now that I have been back in the United States for eleven days, it has come to my attention that there are quite a few things I haven’t done in the year I spent away from my country. Here is the list.

12 things I didn’t do for a year:
Drive a car
Make or receive a call on a personal cellphone
Fly in a plane
Eat Asian food
Bake cookies
Show my ID to buy alcohol
Use a free public bathroom with…

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I am sitting in my mother’s office in my high school home, dappled Oregon sunshine peeking softly through the curtains. I can hear traffic roaring below on Highway 30, and as I lean back in my seat to take a look outside the Willammette River waves a shy hello behind a row of pine trees. My childhood dog Ebony is splayed on her back in my lap with her head in the crook of my elbow like a furry…

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Itty bitty ones with beards! Like cute little grandpa monkeys that like to bury their faces in bananas.

DSCF4161We put fruit out for the monkeys occasionally since we harvested and ate all the bananas that the monkeys also feed on. It is only fair to share the abundant harvest with our other brothers and sisters of the jungle. Plus if they have a good supply of sustenance on the farm they are less likely…

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In Ipiales:

“Mirror: this is the one to which they say, ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?’ but in contrast to the story, this mirror normally doesn’t talk. But if it did, it would say that it doesn’t like it when you leave toothpaste and soap stains because it looks very disagreeable.”

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In Quito:

“What to do in the…

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The year I have spent in Central and South America has taught me many things, but one thing I’ve learned is that the machete is really a fabulous multi-purpose tool. I didn’t even know what a machete was before I embarked on this trip, except a deadly weapon that the thief in Zork used to brutally murder me. Now I know that instead of employing a shed full of twenty different cutting tools like…

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05 Sep 14 at 9 am

Revelations in the Jungle

The constant, shattering drone of cicadas starts the soundtrack to my day. As I tune in to the radio signal of the jungle, I pick up the high-pitched trill of crickets and the white noise of unnamed buzzing insects.

Revelations in the Jungle

The constant, shattering drone of cicadas starts the soundtrack to my day. As I tune in to the radio signal of the jungle, I pick up the high-pitched trill of crickets and the white noise of unnamed buzzing insects.

Where am I from?

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I think what bothers me is I identify myself more with South American culture than with my own.

I hang out with Colombians, not other travelers. After being on the road for so long I feel as if I am just living my life in a different place, not touring a foreign country. I feel at home here; from my perspective, I don’t see a difference between me and the people that I’m with.

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Yet it’s as if a…

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¨I´m Only Sleeping¨ – The Beatles cover

We´re such cool cats that we named our band after a cat.
Somos tales gatos frescos que nombramos nuestra banda por un gato.

Thanks to Oscar Nichoy for playing this song with me and editing the video!
Gracias a Oscar Nichoy por tocar esta canción conmigo y editar el video!

Hope you enjoy! <3
Espero que la disfruten! 

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I made these three recycling cans for Amalaka, an alternative organic farm school in Popayan. I noticed the kids were having trouble sorting the trash (to put it mildly…see this post for details), so I made it my mission to make recycling fun. 

For plastic trash, I made a trash can out of plastic bottles. For paper and cardboard, I made a monster out of paper mache and for compost I assembled…

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It may sound crazy, but I met the love of my life.

Two months ago if you had asked me if I believe in love at first sight, I would have told you, “Maybe attraction, but not love.” Now I see the truth. Love at first sight is completely and utterly possible; I know this because I’ve experienced it.

I met my soul mate on a grey day in Popayan after a World Cup match. Groups of fans in yellow jerseys…

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I turned 21 this morning. 

On my birthday, I tend to become a bit reflective. I think back to where I was on this day a year ago (at Laura’s house, while my friends prepared the best hippie BBQ ever), and who I was a year ago. It seems like lifetimes ago, light-years ago, and yet at the same time only yesterday.

I think back on who I was a year ago: still flushed and on a high from the love and…

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30 Jul 14 at 2 pm

Colombia…

…where a “fruit salad” is a few pieces of fruit piled with two scoops of ice cream, a mountain of heavy whipping cream, condensed milk, sweet milk sauce, three other types of sweet sauce and cheese. Plus cookies.

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