Jumping on the Bandwagon #ustednosabequiénsoyyo

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I am loath to jump on the bandwagon and having strained against my better judgment to write something about the brutal murder of the four children in Caquetá some weeks ago, today’s news is too much in that I have to unleash and let it rip. With the revelations regarding a certain Nicolas Gaviria #ustednosabequiénsoyyo (nephew to former President Cesar Gaviria) appearing all over the Colombian press and collapsing online forums and twitter feeds across the country, I have decided to weigh in on each of this delectable character’s comments a few days ago in Bogota’s Zona Rosa.

Trust me I’m a Colombian

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Colombians are not to be trusted. They don’t trust each other.

(The following is a guest post contributed to this blog by Carl Meek.)

I’m not saying this to judge the morality of an entire or to spark fury amongst the defenders of national pride. Nor am I trying to play to the gringos. I say it with love and respect. I care deeply about Colombia and her people. They are beautiful bunch who have touched me with their expressions of ‘calor humano’ (human warmth).

Carl Meek

Consumer Rights in Colombia?

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Sometimes I find myself wondering if the consumer will ever get the chance to have his or her voice heard in Colombia. Sure, my particular gripe at the moment is with the owner of a hardware store who is refusing to refund me for goods not even yet delivered (purchased mid Jan), but, when I think of the collapsed pedestrian bridge in northern Bogota and then the rotten tree which fell in a strong wind in Mompos last night causing some damage, all I see and experience is a certain wringing of hands and

Apparently Colombia Won Something last night

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Apparently Colombia won something last night.

Miss Colombia pageant in Cartagena

Miss Colombia pageant in Cartagena

This is an image (shot from way at the back of the convention center) from the Miss Colombia pageant I attended all those years ago in Cartagena. You know the one: “Man with man with woman with man with woman with woman,” the infamous response by Miss Antioquia.

And after thinking long