Author Archives: Sarah Hornby

October 29

Un, dos, tres, cuatro… stepping up to health education

You may already be familiar with ‘salsa choke’ (pronounced choq-ue) if you caught the Colombian football team in action during the World Cup last year, in what became their trademark celebration dance. An urban street-style version of the well-known Latin American dance, salsa choke is very popular with young people here in Colombia. But why […]

October 06

The times they are a changing… a new hope for peace, and ‘mindfulness’ in schools

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner” – Nelson Mandela Over the last couple of weeks, Colombia momentarily became the focus of world attention as the country witnessed what many are describing as one of the most important moments in the […]

August 26

Water, water, everywhere

I recently watched a TED talk, the subject of which was the strange occurrences that seem to all happen at four in the morning. Amongst other things, the speaker referenced the poet and Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska, who wrote: “No-one feels good at four in the morning”. The painful truth of this was very apparent […]

August 04

You are here…

Moving into my apartment in Bogotá, I found the very nice owners had left me a map of the local area, including helpful notes on where to go, and perhaps more importantly, where not to go. My new home was clearly identified on the map by the words: ‘you are here’.  This familiar marker is […]

July 27

Sunday morning – Bogotá style

For Colombians, Sunday is a pretty special day. It’s a time when families get together to enjoy each other’s company and relax. No different to many other places around the world. But for the residents of Bogotá, the day offers another reason to be joyful. Every Sunday, up to two million residents from across the […]

July 16

Buenos dias Bogotá

Bouncing through the low clouds on the final approach into Bogotá, after a journey of around 5500 miles, I was glued to the window desperate for a glimpse of the city I will call home for the next six months. Like all good surprises, Bogotá held onto the big reveal until the final moment – […]