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  1. Divina says:

    I surely didn’t know that. Learnt one thing new right now! Thanks for that.

  2. Harold Stephenson says:

    Hi Richard. I am Harold Stephenson, I live in Crook County Durham in the North-East of England .I have just come across an article you wrote a couple of years ago. The article was about Jack Greenwell football manager on his time spent in Peru, and Colombia. Also an article wrote by Jeff Lawrence from Crook Town footballer to Barcelona manager.Both articles was very good reading. I was so sad to read about him when he died.He had achieve so much in football and he died a lone, and in an unmarked grave in Bogota.I could not understand why the English F.A. and his home town of Crook and the football club did not do some thing in his memory.I have just found out recently when i first got married in 1971. I lived in Greenfield Cottages this is where Jack Greenwell was born 1884.I am going to see if i can get a memorial plaque,and a memorial seat in his commemoration.I have spoken to the gentleman who will make the momument plaque . I am having a meeting with the local council next week about a memorial seat for Jack as well.I will try to raise this money by organizing charity functions until i can get the money i require for the memorials.Then i will contact my local F.A. to see if they can get him recognizes for the achievements he done in football. Jack Greenwell was the original journman of football, and The Legendary coach England forgot. I will keep you informed how i am doing. All the very best Harold.

  3. Gabriela says:

    Hola Richard. Le escribo porque hago parte de CaldoDeCultivo, nosotros desarrollamos el año pasado el proyecto Comanche, sobre cual se hace referencia en esta página ( Si bien agradecemos el artículo, nos gustaría que se nombrara a los autores del proyecto y además se citarán partes del artículo que son traducciones del texto que preparamos para la exposición, este proyecto hace parte de una investigación más amplia en la que continuamos trabajando, esta es la página del proyecto Mil gracias y un saludo.

  4. Danny says:

    Hi Richard, it is great i've found your Facebook and then this web site, first of all thanks for your time reading my message and congratulations because the great job you do.

    My name is Danny, Colombian from Bogotá, the reason of my message is because currently we're working in a ambitious project that we consider is changing the way we meet new friends, our project is called Spoontano ( and we are a platform that connects open-minded young professionals over dinner at new restaurants, we want to be a bridge between locals and expats and create that space where people can have a real connection with new friends. At the moment we are working internationally in 10 cities and 3 continents, we also had our first round in Bogotá (February/2016) where we connected in the first week more than 30 participants in Bogota and more that 300 people world wide.

    That's why I would like to talk to you in order to ask you for collaboration, maybe you can help me spreading the voice with your friends in Colombia, also in your Facebook maybe, about our dinners and our next events, we have settled the second round of dinners in Bogotá for the next 16th to 20th May, Monday to Friday, and we hope to connect more people that have just recently arrived to Bogota with the local community. Joining in our events is for free, and the people just pay for what the consume at the restaurant. Sign ups are open here —> (of course you are highly invited to join us   )

    I do really appreciate your time, and would love to connect with you so I can tell you more about us and maybe if you have any doubt, solve it.

    Many thanks for your time, please don't hesitate in contact me if you need to know anything.

    Danny Barragan or

  5. veekay says:


    How do you get a charter flight directly from Bogota to La Macarena not Satena airline? Will appreciate your help.

  6. Donald says:

    Hi Richard,

    Thanks for the great blog on Caño Cristales. I am going to be heading there in July, without being on a tour. I'm guessing I can book a place to stay by walking into town after the flight? Also–I realize that you are not a medical expert–but do you know if malaria is present in Caño Cristales? Any other advice you care to share? Thanks, in advance, for any feedback–I appreciate it.

    – Donald

    • Profile photo of Richard Richard says:

      Donald, you'll have a great time. Make sure you try the "amarillo" fish! you should be able to find a room in the town as it's so small. I was there recently on an academic trip back in the Macarena and the military was adamant that there is no malaria. Yellow fever probably is present…potentially dengue. So, please take repellent!

  7. begum zorlu says:

    Hello I am writing from Turkey. Can we translate your article to Turkish by giving the original link
    My best!

  8. Meagan says:

    Hey Richard,

    I'm an editor at a website called Expat Arrivals ( I came across your blog while researching Colombia and wondered if you might be keen to contribute? We're updating our guide for Colombia at the moment and it's always really helpful to get insight from an expat.

    If you're interested, feel free to drop me a line via email!


  9. Emma Creese says:

    Dear Richard,

    I work for the website and recently included your blog in an article I wrote recommending expat blogs for our readers moving to or living in Columbia (the article is online at….

    In addition to letting you know about the above I also thought you might be interested in completing one of our short "expat experience" interviews (by email) for publication at the site (previous examples can be found at…. These are a great way of introducing yourself to our membership and in addition to promoting them via the usual social media channels of Twitter, Facebook etc. we also include them in our monthly email newsletter. If the above sounds of interest please let me know and I'll be very happy to send the questions through.


  10. Daniel says:

    Hi Richard,

    I recently read your post about black magic in Colombia. I am a young writer doing research for a book about witchcraft in Colombia. I need help being pointed in the right direction, and I am not interested in any of the tourist attractions. I will keep this comment short, because I am interested in pursuing this conversation further via e-mail.

    Please drop me a line. Thanks for taking the time to read my comment.

  11. Charlotte says:

    Dear Richard,
    I would like to know if you have a newsletter I could subscribe to? I can't find it on your webpage.
    Thanks a lot.

  12. Gratien Ruffo says:

    Hello Richard,

    I discovered your website a couple of days ago and started reading some of your articles and listening to your podcasts. I find these informations very interesting. I'm sending you this message because you seem to have an incredible amount of knowledge about Colombia and I would be very thankful if you could hemp me with my request…

    I will be in Colombia from about the 15th of December until the 10th of January. I would be extremely interested in a trek in the Amazonian forest. I am alone but would gladly join a group. I'm thinking of a duration of 7 to 10 days. My expectations are trekking, nature, animals, and local communities. I am not seeking for comfort. I do appreciate off the beaten track experiences. It might be hard, exhausting, different, confronting. I would appreciate to travel with guides who are able and willing to transmit their knowledge about the national parc and it's nature, plants, animals, local food, local communities, etc. If the guides are from local communities it would be great.
    There should be a certain level of sustainable development towards local environment and communities.

    Most tourism around the Amazons seems to concentrate around Leticia in the south. I would be much more interested in these places:
    – Parc national naturel Serrania de Chiribiquete
    – Réserve nationale naturelle Nukak
    – Parc National Cahuinari
    – Parc National Rio Pure
    – Parc national naturel de Yaigojé Apaporis
    – Parc national naturel de la Serranía de los Churumbelos

    Can you recommend me any experiences, places or activities related to these parcs and reserves? Any tour operators, guides or addresses where I can find useful information to explore these parcs? Could you also tell me which ones should not be travelled because there are no authorization or because there still are active paramilitary groups?

    Best regards,
    Gratien Ruffo.

  13. Guillermo Bahamon says:

    I read enthralled your article on the cementerio gringo at la Troco, El Centro.
    Did you run across any names of young American teachers who were there from 1950 to 1956. Any Miss Ellen, or Mr. Gordon who were my grammar school teachers?
    Even though I graduated from Harvard I owe my love of learning to the two of them. Thank you

  14. Michael Brown says:

    Thank you Richard for this post. My parents were teachers at the Barrancabermeja oil refinery from August 1954-June 1955 until I unexpectedly came along which interrupted their 2 year contract and they hustled home and I was born in Toronto.
    I am travelling to Colombia next week and want to go and visit Barranca and see if I can find the house my parents lived in!
    Do you have the name of any archivisit at the oil refinery or a suggestion of who to meet while there to see if there are any employment records from 1954/55?
    Much appreciated…..Michael Brown

    • rsnmccoll says:

      Hi Michael, I know of no one who can help you, but, if you have a photo of the old house then you'll find it in El Centro. I suggest you head straight to the Museum and see if they can point you in the direction of anyone who may be able to help….records are thin!

  15. Kyle says:

    Hi Richard:

    We are interested in the multi-day river trip that you did on the Caquetá, Yari and Pesai Rivers to Chiribiquete National Park. You wrote about the trip for the San Diego Reader ("I Am Rambo " – March 4, 2013).

    We are looking for a multi-day river camping trip in the jungles of Colombia. Were you traveling with a guide company? Or with private guides that you could put us in contact with?

    Thank you, in advance, for any insight you can provide.

    • rsnmccoll says:

      Hi Kyle, you could organize this with Colombia Oculta or De Una Colombia, but we went alone…we had time to organize the boat and the gasoline, if you don't have a lot of time to spare, I would suggest going with one of the aforementioned groups. This was a few years ago too, I am sure it is much calmer in those parts now!

  16. Danny says:

    Hello Richard,

    I recently discovered Colombia Calling. Thank you very much for the podcast. It is very interesting.
    I was born in Norwich England and I grew up in the US. My first trip to Colombia was in 2014 for my sister's second wedding party (the parents of my brother-in-law and his extended family are Colombian). I loved Colombia so much that I stayed the full extent of my tourist visa (three months). I met my current girlfriend while I wasin Bogota and I often return. If you are in Bogotá next time I am, possibly, we can meet for a pint. Thanks again for the podcast, I enjoy it.


  17. Angela Bevington says:

    Hi Richard, We are slightly prejudiced I know, being Lorna's parents, but we really enjoyed the show this week. It was quite an eye-opener too! I often listen to Colombia Calling anyway, even when Lorna isn't on it and always find it interesting and informative, so keep up the good work.

    PS it was lovely to bump into you and your family at the airport in Bogota after the Christmas break.

    Regards –

  18. Ash says:

    Hi Richard, I came across one of your photo's that I'd like to use on my beer website. Its called – Peeling posters in Bogota. Is there a way I could access this?

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