South We Will Go

Trip Start Sep 02, 2011
Trip End Sep 19, 2011

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Friday, September 2, 2011

It's that time wanderlust needed to be uncorked and another continent explored. (For those who are counting, this will be number five of seven.) As with any well-constructed story, there is an inciting incident that serves as the pebble that starts the avalanche of my adventures.  In this instance, it is the wedding of my very good friends Miguel and Kim in Santa Fe de Bogota, Colombia. Appropriately enough, the happy couple met in Danville at one of my Bridesmaids show back in 2007, so I feel a special obligation to see this one through. When I was informed that the ceremony was moved from San Ramon, Ca to Bogota I couldn't have been happier. I have been harassing Miguel since I've known him to take me down to his homeland and now it finally is happening.

Now I realize what many of you are thinking..."Isn't Colombia dangerous? Aren't you worried about _____ (kidnapping, drug cartels, narcoterrorists, the FARC, rebel insurgents, Malaria, Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever, armed criminals, the elevation, llamas, etc.)? The short answer: no. Sure, these things all exist there and do happen to tourist occasionally, but this is not the same country that it was a few short years ago. Pablo Escobar is long dead and the country has been making aggressive efforts to clean up their image and get the tourism dollars rolling in ever since. The government's efforts seem to have paid off, as Colombia has gone from being the most dangerous non-war zone in the world to being one of the most desirable destinations on the continent. Of course the state department won't tell you that, but then again they still have an embargo on Cuba.

Anyone who knows me realizes that I am not one to run from a challenge and am always pushing myself into new experiences, especially with travel. To quote the infamous Anonymous, "I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death." That would be the equivalent of missing the entire point of the ride.

If you would like to be a voyeur along this journey you have come to the right place. Please check out the video introduction for more details and a few laughs. If you wish to subscribe you may do so by pressing the "Get email updates" link on my Travelpod profile page here. I am also bringing back the ever so popular "Buy Me A Drink" feature. On the top right of each page of this blog is a button titled "Support My Travels". What this does is allow you to send me a small (and I do mean single drink small...I ain't an alcoholic ;-) ) donation via Paypal to buy me a coffee, beer, shot, sangria, get the idea. In return I will dedicate this drink to you and post a photo or video of me drinking it here, thus making you a part of my adventure. Of course if you just want to watch that's perfectly okay too.

Enjoy...and Salud!!


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Kim Mantch on

You know me, so you know I will be buying you a drink! If I was there I would have a sangria, but I will leave the decision to you. I wish you a safe and happy adventure!

sherry_writes on

Will buy ya drink. Make it an apple-tini (he he)

Matt on

Hi Brandon and MIguel,

You two are hilarious! Enjoy yourselves! Brandon, you better get an independent interpreter to make sure Miguel wasn't providing for his own future there! :)

Miguel: Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! Much happiness to you both!

Matt on

Almost forgot! Drinks on the way!

Chris on

Hope you have a few drinks on me! Enjoy and tell Kim and Miguel congratulations for me.

Aaron on

LLama's are very dangerous indeed.

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