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Learning to Look Forward, With Some Help From the Elders

Published November 2, 2023

Discovering family, part two: Change is inevitable, but the past lives on through food and love


This is the second of a five-part series from Mike Diago about a trip he took with his family to his ancestral home in the city of Honda, on the Magdalena River in Colombia. In this part, Mike discovers that the Honda he grew up with still exists within his family, despite the many external changes.


“I’m in Honda, Bitch.” The bed and breakfast where my cousin Angela and her husband Manuel were staying had a new bungalow on the roof, a new pool in the back, and updated rooms—one of which had that slogan covering an entire wall. Levi, the former house owner, would have cringed. But here we were.