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Hola Willamette!

Hi Willamette! My name is Catalina Vélez and I happen to be one of the two Spanish language assistants for this year. You should know this is my first time living abroad, and it is challenging but also exciting.

I come from Medellín, and I started to teach English after getting my BA in translation in 2008. I work at the Universidad de Antioquia and SENA, which are two of the biggest higher education institutions we have, and by big I mean about thirty thousand and over a million students respectively.

So, do you know where Medellín is? It is in Colombia and it is actually the second largest city with about 3 million people. The city was once upon a time the most violent place there, but now it is transformed and full of colors, culture, opportunities, and life.

Medellín is known as the city of eternal spring because of its mild weather (an average annual temperature of 75°, imagine that), and as the teacup city because it is supposed to be super clean (no comments on this… Just kidding. It is normal, but definitively not super).

Regarding the impressions I am sure most of you who have heard of Colombia keep at the back of your mind, I know some may not be always good, and I’ll do my best change that. But if you haven’t heard a thing, just wait. There is just so much to tell that I promise you will not get bored.

I just want to finish by saying thanks in advance to those who will transform my life; you all will if you just take the time to read, reply or come to talk. I am already grateful for having the opportunity to be here, so I hope I can do something good for you as well.

Here are some pictures from Medellín. The first is actually a friend’s photo. He just took it from his balcony during one of those great sunsets we usually have. He lives in the Southeast, which is the wealthiest area.

And in the second photo, which I took from the Internet, there is a view from the Northeast. It is a lot more popular. Notice there are no high buildings here, except downtown, and the houses are all made in bricks.

If you want to know more about the place I come from and why it is one of the happiest places on earth (believe it or not!), just click here!

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  2.   By Catalina on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    ¡Qué gusto saberlo! Los jueves a las 8:00 PM tenemos en Walton 235 un Club Cultural de Español, ¡te esperamos! Tenemos películas, juegos, snacks, charlas sobre nuestra cultura (también de España). Escríbeme cuando quieras para tenerte al tanto de estas y otras actividades :) avelez@willamette.edu

  3.   By Jairo on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    Hola Catalina, me llamo Jairo, soy de Colombia tambien, y fui Laguage assistant hace un año en Willamette. Me alegra que tengas esa grandiosa oportunidad de conocer y compartir tantas cosas sobre nuestro pais. No sabes como extraño esos tiempos en wilammette, muy buenos todos, espero podamos seguir en contacto y que me cuentes como va todo y si te puedo ayudar en algo solo dimelo, un abrazo. Saludos a April a Natalia a Mirella y alos demas profes y amigos por alla.

  4.   By Catalina on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    Hola Jairo!
    Te cuento que apenas esta semana quitaron tu foto de los carteles de World News! :) Todos te recuerdan, incluso varios estudiantes me han hablado de ti. Todo va muy bien para mi. Por el lado de nuestras tareas, quisiera tener más participación de los estudiantes en las Language Table, pero ya con las Noches Culturales los estamos atrayendo. Mil gracias por tu saludo! Espero que estés disfrutando Colombia.

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