chip wiegand

Welcome to my blog and website, I hope you find your visit interesting.

We never stop to consider that our beliefs are only a relative truth that's always going to be distorted by all the knowledge we have stored in our memory.
- Don Miguel Ruiz

Tuesday, Dec 26, 2017More about Colombian Coffee, web site redesign

Added pics to my photo album, Puerto Colombia, Usiacuri

Tour de France 2017, other updates

Tour de France 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017Visited Usiacuri, a new kitten, expatriots

June 6, 2017Why I don't go to church anymore

November 24, 2016Some say: If you don't vote, you can't complain.
The real truth is this: If you do vote, you can't complain.

October 24, 2016Bogota Trip

Sept 22, 2016My girlfriend and I are getting married

July 17, 2016A mixed bag of thoughts and musings.

June 18, 2016Politics, coffee, and an update from David

May 08, 2016New web server

April 22, 2016 Castillo Salgar, update from David

March 13, 2016 WriteMonkey and I have more new students

February 20, 2016Ciénaga de Mallorquín

February 1, 2016Carnaval!

January 24, 2016 Suggestions for learning English

December 31, 2015Happy New Year!

26 December 2015Happy New Year and Merry Christmas

15 December 2015Giving from the heart? or...

16 November, 2015New web site design, Malecon, Spectre

12 October 2015Dia del la Raza/Columbus Day in Colombia

19 Septiembre, 2014Valentines Day in Colombia

Thursday, 4 September, 2015September, 2015 I'm in a new apartment, and more students

Thursday, 23 July 2015Google data, new students, learning spanish

Sunday, 21 June, 2015This is a long one

Sunday, 31 May 2015Two years in Colombia

Friday May 8, 2015Coffee and salt don't mix

Thursday, April 2, 2015 More students, and less students, but mostly more students

Thursday, 26 February 2015Teaching English and El Día de Amor y Amistad

Tuesday, February 10, 2015I need a little help from my friends

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015My address and homes, houses or apartments? And a bird

Friday, 09 January 2015Helping others help themselves

Wednesday 24, December 2014December sucks

Sunday, Dec 7, 2014The Christmas celebrations start today

18 Sept 2014BarranquiJazz and my job at Kal Tire

28 July, 2014Rainy season has arrived, finally

30 July 2014Fixed refrigerator, english learning web site and more

June 15, 2014Dead refrigerator, english learning web site and more

Saturday, 19 April 2014English pages and Web site registration

Monday, 7 April 2014Web site registration

Friday, March 21, 2014Web site registration, maybe expansion

Sunday March 9, 2014Las Flores, dinner, more photos

Monday February 24, 2014Carnaval!

Monday, 17 February 2014Puerto Colombia and Syntactic Pleonasm

24 January 2014New Photos

Carnaval kick-off, more students, rss feedCarnaval kick-off, more students, rss feed

8 January 2014New Year 2014

28 Deciembre 2013Christmas and company parties

9 Deciembre 2013Moved into my new apartment!

4 December 2013Land of the free, and another apartment opportunity

Sunday, 24 Nov, 2013Live music (finally!), job and apartment updates

Thursday, 7 Nov 2013Some good news and some sad news

Sunday, 13 October 2013Been Quiet

Sunday, 29 Sept 2013More classes

4-13.php Saturday, 9 Sept 2013More students, Yay!

Saturday 31 August 2013 Looks like I'm playing sax again!

Wednesday, 14 August 2013Jorge Borjas - scammer, liar, cheater

Friday, 8 July 2013Latest news, worse yet

Friday, 26 July 2013Gone from 'Not so good now' to worse

Tuesday 23 July, 2013Not so good now, here's the truth of it all

Friday, 5 July 2013Billiards, Football and another strike

Sunday, 30 June 2013 Things are looking good

Thursday, 20 June 2013 Apartment issues, school progress

Thursday, 13 June 2013 Santa Marta, sunburn, new apartment

Thursday, 6 June 2013My first week in Barranquilla

Monday, 3 June 2013In Barranquilla

Wednesday, 29 May 2013Rain, Rain! Go Away!

Tuesday, 21 May 2013In Washington state now

Saturday, May 18 2013I learned something new today

Monday, 13 May 2013Offline for a few days

Wednesday, 3 April 2013 Camping World, where I work

Saturday, 2 March 2013TEFL = Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Thursday, 13 December 2012half marathon

Sunday, 5 August 2012Training for a half-marathon

Monday, 28 May 2012New job, new apartment

Tuesday, 13 March 2012Another new job - Yay!

Sunday, 4 December 2011New job - Yay!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011Been too long

Friday, 5 November 2010Road trip to Kansas City

Wednesday, 20 October 2010Recent trips to San Diego and Malaysia

Saturday, 4 September 2010Bought a new car!

Monday, 30 August 2010 School starting

Wednesday, 4 August 2010 Moving along

Wednesday, 21 July 2010Cheryl suffered a massive stroke

Sunday, 16 May 2010Running a 5k race

Wednesday, 25 March 2009Tejano Music Awards Fan Festival

Saturday, 14 February 2009Unemployed, again and how I am keeping busy

Tuesday, 2 December 2008Thanksgiving in Puerto Penasco, Mexico

Friday, 24 October 2008Camping at the Salt River, Wild Horses

Wednesday, 10 September 2008Mtn biking (and hiking) the King Canyon Trail

Tuesday, 12 February 2008San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park

Thursday, 3 January 2008Recent vist to Organ Pipe National Park and more

Monday, 16 July 2007Off road trip to Chivo Falls

Saturday, 30 June 2007Driving around the Huachuca Mtns

Sunday, 20 May 2007Wheelin' in the Santa Catalina Mtns

Monday, 12 March 2007Tejano Music Awards Fan Festival 2007

Tuesday, 12 December 2006Photo album works again

Monday, 11 December 2006Photo album now online

Friday, 8 December 2006New web site server

Wednesday, 29 November 2006Finally feels like winter, Cheryl is now working

Thursday, 7 September 2006House plans coming along just fine

Tuesday, 23 August 2006Finally - I'm back online

Sunday, 14 August 2006I got a job and Monsoon season

Saturday, 15 July 2006Cheryl is here now, and all of our stuff

Thursday, 6 July 2006July 4th and more dirt roads to discover

Sunday, 2 July 2006Out for a drive - offroad exploring

Saturday, 1 July 2006The temp is hot, scenery is beautiful

Tuesday, 13 June 2006I'm in Tucson!

Saturday, 3 June 2006 Wow, what a week - house sold

Tuesday, 23 April 2006House is up for sale

Sunday, 30 April 2006Picked the lot to buy in Tucson

Tuesday, 11 April 2006On building a house

Sunday, 09 April 2006Lay-off, moving, and Easter

Friday, 04 April 2006Welcome to the Wiegand home page!

Chip Wiegand
Chip's English Help
English Teacher, TEFL Certified
Born: Nov. 20
Barranquilla, Colombia
I teach english as a foreign language in Barranquilla, Colombia. I'm from Kennewick, Washington, USA. In my previous life, as I call it, I was an IT guy, systems administrator, computer tech, as well as a shipping/receiving guy and also worked as a merchandising guy for a year for a camping/RV accessories store.
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