Monday, April 28, 2008


Hello from Colombia! I made it and all is well.

After leaving Salt Lake City, I spent a week at home. It was a great time to unwind, see friends, and spend time with my family. It seems like saying good-bye kept getting harder, rather than easier.

I am currently in the Colombia’s capitol, Bogotá, spending 3 weeks studying and tuning up my Spanish. I am taking classes and living with a family. I am amazed by the city. It is brimming with people and completely modern, but there is still a very prominent colonial-Spanish influence here. Large buildings are right next to small tiled-roofed homes. Here is the front of the home where I am living. That is Samuel, a Golden Labrador, at the front door.

I live with Dueña Alba Luz and her 12 year-old daughter Paula. The house has four other professionals living in it. It is a great, friendly atmosphere for learning.

This past weekend, I visited the oldest portion of Bogotá, La Candelaria. Not only did I love the small streets and old homes, but I also completely enjoyed the Botero Museum. Fernando Botero is a Colombian painter who inflates his subjects, from political figures and infants to oranges and guitars, both in oil paint and sculpture. I can’t see his work and not smile.

Later that night I went dancing and started to learn salsa. Needless to say, I have my work cut out for me. Pictures do exist, but they aren’t really available at this time.

The following day my classmates and I took a trip to Chicaque Parque Natural. It is just outside of Bogotá’s sprawling city limits. It is just a little higher in altitude than Bogotá (~8000 feet), but is a forest consistently surrounded by clouds. We did some hiking, threw the Frisbee, even rode on horseback. I am helping my friend here. I am the one with the big backpack-still a Boy Scout at heart.
My goal is to update this page every few weeks. I am really a novice at this. If anyone has any tips for me, please feel free to drop a line. I am hoping blogspot allows posts. I hope this finds everyone well. As much as I miss home, I feel completely content and happy.


Rachelle said...

That place looks amazing!!! I am glad that you are having a good time so far. Well I just wanted to say hello and see how you were.
All the best,
Rachelle, Sam and Seven Smith
(one of your patients from family first)

Degns Of Our Lives said...

Well, I would hardly call this roughing it! Where's the tents and mud floors? Kidding, of course. We're all sad to see you go but are glad you are trying to better the world. Overjoyed to see you have a blog--blogs are my passion! You better keep it updated, you have a lot of fans. Mia & Tanner are doing fabulous--with improving speech and unclogged tearducts! Thanks for all your help over the years and Good Luck!
-Cara, Mia and Tanner

Jessica Short said...

Hey B Good!
It's Jessica from families first! We sure do miss you. I'm glad you finally got a blog posted. It looks like you are having a really good time! enjoy, and keep in touch!
Love, Jessica

Robyn Anderson said...

Looks beautiful and it looks like you are having a great time. Just remember, we need you to miss us just a little. The kids say "hi".

Jeff, Erin, Macy & Owen said...

Hey, nice going on the post:) It is fun to see where you are. It looks beautiful! I'm sure you are having a great experience so far. We sure do miss our doc, yet what you are doing is amazing! Keep up the good work! Look forward to seeing more exciting pics.
Erin, Macy and Owen

Doug, Jami, Ava & Sophie said...

Hey I am so happy to find you doing well! It looks and sounds like things are going great for you! We sure do miss our awesome doctor though, but we know you are doing amazing things! I can't wait to see more pictures!
Take care,
Jami, Ava and Sophie

Chelsa said...

Hey Brian,
Shanna gave me your blog address! It looks like things are going well for you in Columbia. We miss you lots, but we are so glad you're doing well. Check us out at Keep in touch! Chelsa

Allison said...

Oh my, I hope you called mom before you left Bogota...or you are in trooooooooooouble!

Renee said...

We all missed you at Jodi and JP's cinco de mayo bbq! I look forward to following your adventures on this awesome blogspot, please keep it up as much as time allows. Be safe, happy, healthy and cure lots of kiddies mi amigo!
Hugs, Renee

mthompson590 said...

Hello Dr. Good, You would be amazed at how much your work is appreciated. Not only where you are now I suspect, but even when you were at work in Utah. I will enjoy following your (hard work) adventure and hope that someday you might return to resume your pediatric practice in my daughter Amy's area. My grandchildren, Christy, Johnny and Emma (and especially their mom & dad) miss you very much. You where a tremendous help to the family. Thank you, and good luck, Michelle Thompson