Front Doors in Cartagena’s Downtown

Front Doors in Cartagena’s Downtown

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014 in Americas, Colombia, Photography | 2 Comments

For awhile, I’ve been wanting to photograph some of the homes scattered along the narrow streets in Cartagena’s downtown neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are usually quiet–just beyond the bustling tourist attractions and restaurants. Filled with bright colors, peeling paint, intricate architectural details, overgrown plants and people with somewhere to go…   -Text and photography by Sarah Shaw @ www.mappingwords.com. […]

From Korea to Colombia: an illustration of my cell phones

From Korea to Colombia: an illustration of my cell phones

When I was a child, my family had an old fashioned rotary phone connected to the wall by a curly cord. The numbers were arranged in a circle, and in order to call someone, you had to spin each one to a fixed stop position. I can still picture my mother, with her post-eighties perm, hurriedly twisting […]

The House of Animals

The House of Animals

            -Text and illustrations by Sarah Shaw @ www.mappingwords.com. All rights reserved.

La Boquilla Tour

La Boquilla Tour

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Americas, Colombia, Culture, Teaching English | 2 Comments

Even though I’ve hit the ten month mark in Colombia, I’ve failed to really show you how wonderful my Peace Corps site is. Now is your chance to glimpse some important places in La Boquilla through the eyes of my 9th grade English conversation club. Last semester, I worked with this group of students to film a […]

Integration vs. Polo Shirts

Integration vs. Polo Shirts

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Americas, Colombia, Living Abroad, Musings | 2 Comments

I hate polo shirts. Polo shirts remind me of soggy french fries floating in dirty dishwater mixed with hamburger grease and crusted hot fudge. They remind me of running around with plastic baskets of chicken fingers, wearing chunky black non-slip shoes with M&Ms shoved in the cracks of the soles. When I started working at Friendly’s, I was […]

It rained in La Boquilla.

It rained in La Boquilla.

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Americas, Colombia, Photography | 3 Comments

A couple weekends ago, it poured in La Boquilla. The rain pummeled down in one giant burst that lasted an hour, flooding the main road with a stagnant pool of brown liquid. I had plans to meet my friend at the beach, but instead, I stayed put. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in Colombia, […]