Volunteer Spotlight: Ricardo Martinez aka Man of Mystery

By Stephanie Sheffield For this “Heating Things Up” edition, I had the pleasure to interview everyone’s favorite Mexican-American man of mystery, Ricardo Martinez. In between his long pauses, and sips of Juan Valdez coffee, I was able to get some good information out of him. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I … Continue reading Volunteer Spotlight: Ricardo Martinez aka Man of Mystery

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Confessions of a Pechichona

By Stephanie Sheffield  I remember last year talking to two PCVs from CII-4 who told me, “Time in Peace Corps is so weird… the first year, you are observing and beginning projects, and then your second year, you are closing up shop and making sure things are ready for when you leave. Where’s the middle?” … Continue reading Confessions of a Pechichona

Serving on San Andrés

By Stephanie Sheffield To serve as a Peace Corps volunteer on the coast of Colombia is such a blessing. I am able to jog in the morning while enjoying gorgeous views of the Sierra Nevada mountains, spend weekends at beautiful local beaches, and slow down my North American-paced rhythm of life to adjust to a … Continue reading Serving on San Andrés

The Best Black Beans You’ve Ever Had in Your Life

from the kitchen of Stephanie Sheffield These black beans are absolutely delicious and can be used in different ways once prepared. I usually eat them one of the following ways: stuffed in an arepa rellena, alongside brown rice and fresh salad, in a baked empanada, or mixed in a food processor and served as dip … Continue reading The Best Black Beans You’ve Ever Had in Your Life