It's Colombia! The Only Risk is Wanting to Stay
Trip Start Dec 10, 2011
60Trip End Sep 29, 2012
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The Colombian tourist board say it even better, I watched one of their adverts on the plane here from Venezuela when I first arrived some seven weeks ago - wow yes seven weeks I have already been in Colombia. 'Colombia. The only risk is wanting to stay'. 'Colombia, el risgoe es que te quieras quedar'. You can see one of their adverts here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0me7t7wXKLw&feature=player_embedded
I nearly skipped this country, hearing what I had before about drugs, violence and kidnappings
I am so glad I chose to visit and yes I have stayed a lot longer than I thought, even making the decision to skip Ecuador all together and spend about another four more weeks in this wonderful country. I am going to fly direct from Bogota the capital mid April to meet my Dad in Lima's airport to start my Peru adventure.
I am so surprised each time I visit a new place here, how diverse it is and still how wonderful the people are. Today I needed to get something laminated, I went to three shops all very helpful but could not actually laminate what I wanted, but gave it a good try first before saying it was not possible. It's Colombia. A bit similar to asking directions here, even if they don't exactly know they will help even if it isn't right or possible. I got my stuff laminated in the end by the way.
It's not all perfect of course, drugs amongst the tourists is prevalent and the Colombian people are against this and wish for this to be eradicated and this image of Colombia to dissipate. There are also police everywhere, security guards even guarding a toy shop at night all armed with a LOT of guns. My documents have been checked sometimes twice on any of the bus journeys I have taken, but 'touch wood' as we say in Britain, to no problems so far. I am now travelling to the far south of Colombia and arriving in Popayan there were police on literally every street corner and intersection as we drove into the bus terminal.
What has made me stay so long is falling in love with the people and the country.
Estoy emorada de... Colombia. And the only risk is wanting to stay!