In May 2009 I graduated from university with a degree in Math Education and Spanish.
Two months later, I moved to Colombia. No, not Colombia, South Carolina. No, not Columbia University in New York. (And yes, that Columbia has a “u” in it!)
Colombia, as in the country…you know, the one in South America?
Yes, the one known for drug cartels in the 90’s…
After the natural barrage of questions from friends and family, I left Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 28th, 2009 with a final destination of Cali, Colombia in order to teach 8th grade math at an international school.
In some ways I knew exactly what I was getting into, because I had previously traveled internationally, I talked with current teachers at my future school, and I researched a lot about Colombia before leaving.
In other ways, I had no idea what this two-year job contract in a foreign (at the time) country was all about.
Here I am seven months into teaching, seven months into living abroad and seven months into discovering the wonders of Colombia, and I realize that at the very essence of this job/this move I had a dream to do something unique, something different, something challenging, and something just for me.
I just could not envision myself living, working, studying in the same place for the rest of my life; I needed adventure; I needed passion; I needed Colombia.
Prior to arriving and ever since, I have been blogging about everything from my school, teaching internationally, expat living, Colombian culture, travel within Colombia and my continuous discoveries about this country.
Through my own blog I have connected with fellow travelers and fellow teachers abroad, so when I read that Medellin Living was in need of contributors, I emailed Dave immediately.
He happily replied “yes” to my email asking if I could pretty please write for Medellin Living even though I don’t technically live in Medellin, so here I am.
In the days, weeks and months to come I hope to provide interesting, informative and useful content to Medellin Living through discussion about working/teaching/living abroad, the city of Cali, Colombian culture, and other travel opportunities within Colombia.
Within seven months I have already built a large base of content to share, and new topics arise every day.
Of course, what is most important to me are your suggestions as readers, so please leave a comment or find me on Twitter (@k_rads) with any questions or suggestions for future posts.
Until next time, thanks for hosting me here at Medellin Living and a big thanks to Dave for allowing me to give this a shot!