Botero and Swackhammer

Okay, time for Weekend Update! This week was pretty quiet during the week, at least in terms of things going on here in South America. Saturday was a pretty good day. A few of us went down to the National Art (I THINK it’s supposed to be Art) Museum. We actually attempted to do it last weekend too, but never ended up getting there – Robert needed pants :) Anyway, it was interesting. The first floor was primarily archaeological stuff – bones, artifacts, some very cool mummies. Second floor wasn’t all that fantastic – it was mostly historical portraits. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think people smiled a lot back in the 18 and early 1900’s. Maybe their dental plans sucked…

Anyway, the top floor was MUCH better. There were some really neat paintings, including some from an artist named Enrique Grau Araujo – very interesting stuff, look him up of you have a chance. There was also some stuff by a very well-known Colombian artist named Botero, who…well, paints large people. They kind of look like Edward Gorey characters, but fat. Even his trees are fat. Some of it’s really good though, certainly original.

So that’s about it for stuff down here. There have been some developments from home though. I’m going to keep stuff about home home (ie family) off of here, but friends are still fair game :)

Ryan Swackhammer got married on Friday. Holy crap, he didn’t get gunshy after dating someone for two years for once :) Just kidding buddy, I’m proud of you – you did what we all hope we can do someday, you married your best friend. Congratulations. It’s interesting – when I hit university, I’m pretty sure most people thought I’d be the last person to ever get married. Then, for a little while at least, it almost looked like I would go first. Now, I’m back to going last again :) Funny how cyclical life is. Guess I’m going to have to find a Colombian chiquita to bring home…better be careful though, don’t want to get used for a green card ;)

That’s it for this week, next round will probably be next weekend.

Captain’s Log, Supplemental: Always wanted to say that legitimately. Anyway, just wanted to add something. As you all know, I have cable down here. As a result, I’ve been able to watch SOME North American programming – mostly drama stuff. Anyway, I watched ‘Without A Trace’ this week, and they showed an episode from this past February. Really, really touching episode – probably something a lot of high school kids should see. Interesting to see what can make a 12 year old kid want to kill himself, and it was stuff that happens everyday. Well, almost everyday. Regardless, there was a song at the end of the episode that I’ve fallen in love with. Kind of in the vein of Ryan Adams, Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley, etc. It’s called Fire Sign by David Berkeley – it’s been added as a bonus track to his new album ‘After the Wrecking Ships’. I’ve heard some of it, and it’s pretty good – and even if it wasn’t, it’s worth it just for this song. I’ve had it on repeat for the last 2 days now that I’ve finally been able to download it (Can I still be charged for doing this in Colombia even if I’m a Canadian and it’s legal for us? Probably, huh. Oh well, let’s see Sony or whoever come down and get me). Beautiful song, well worth the effort to find. You can get his album online at, if you’re interested. That’s it, bye bye.

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  1. Anonymous

    Hi.. I enjoy reading about your experiences in Colombia. Sounds exciting.. what sparked your interest in the country? I’m teaching English in Japan, originally presiding from Berkeley, California. is my blog. – Mayumi L.

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