Written by Jeffrey Suliveres, (Amherst College) Student Correspondent CET Colombia, Spring 2019 Armando gets hit with a nice birthday surprise to start off his weekend right. Congrats on turning 22! Across from the Museum of Antioquia is a gorgeous sight of Palacio de la Cultura Rafael Uribe Uribe. The cable cars offer unparalleled views of the city and its incredible mountainous architecture. A young CET student is found in his element whipping up some delicious local Antioquian coffee for his classmates. CET invites Mabel Gisela Torres to talk about the importance of biodiversity in her home area of El Choco with her talk ‘Mujeres recuperando saberes ancestrales: Ciencia y Tecnologia desde la Manigua’ (Women recovering ancestral knowledge: Science and Technology from the Jungle). When not immersed in their studies, CET students can be found working just as hard outside the classroom. A trip into the natural reserve, San Cipriano, can only be done on las brujitas (motorcycles attached to small platforms riding along a railroad). Although this small village has a history ripe with crises that have threatened its existence: the armed conflict, exploitative mining that damaged their resources, and government abandonment—San Cipriano today is one of the most well-organized black communities that have official recognition from the Colombian state after Law 70, a revolutionary law granting Afro-Colombians territorial rights. It is now a highly visited tourist attraction. Sights like these are common in San Cipriano. It is no wonder the area has had such a contentious history between its residents and outsiders seeking its valuable resources. San Ciprianos showcase a beautiful performance using the marimba among other traditional instruments that have been passed through the centuries. Another beautiful mural this time found in San Antonio. There is no shortage of amazing street art in Colombia.