Escobar, Drugs and Hostels in Colombia


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For some time I have been observing and attempting to identify a couple of the more idiosyncratic tendencies in the Colombian psyche. My latest conundrum surrounds that of the need to place the blame, create an excuse and indeed shirk a responsibility. I feel that all of these traits can fall under the same cockeyed linguistic umbrella which hinders Colombian societal progress.

Manuel Teodoro

Septimo Dia with Manuel Teodoro

How often have I heard the following phrases: “malicia indigena”, “idiosyncracia costeña”, “el

Will Medicinal Marijuana Become a Reality in Colombia?


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It’s a breezy mid-August dusk in Bogotá and I’m walking my Weimaraner up from Lourdes Park through the barrio of Chapinero and then into Rosales where we’ll both benefit from a little bit of exercise in the Gustavo Uribe Park. I like this park, it’s enclosed, there are usually dog walkers about and the sound and smog of traffic so ubiquitous in the city are blocked out.


Marijuana for medical use

While the socio-economic divide, when you cross the Avenida Septima

News of a Contract Killing


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The news of a contract killing of a neurosurgeon in Barranquilla in January 2014 did not sound any alarm bells when I overheard the reports that morning. I was otherwise occupied on another story and as unpleasant as the reality of a sicariato in the northern industrial hub of Barranquilla is, it was not a news piece that any of my regular news outlets would buy. In truth I paid it all no mind.

vallenato singer I had met Jorge Daza Barriga in 2007 and he had signed

I’m not going to bitch about Medellin


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No, I am not going to bitch about Medellin, or Bogotá for that matter. I am going to post a series of observations illustrated with photographs and then ask some questions. Hopefully, this way I can protect myself from those who feel strongly, either way, about these cities.

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Bogotá’s old El Dorado airport currently undergoing a phenomenal makeover

To rescue Bogotá, we need innovation (see my most recent OpEd for