How to Write about Colombia

Upon your descent into Bogotá, gaze fixedly at the countryside and squint carefully to see where the tracer bullets, aimed at downing your aircraft en route from the evil imperial power in the North, are coming from. If you are lucky, you might see a fully-fledged battle going on below between the Colombian military and Read more about How to Write about Colombia[…]

Escobar, Drugs and Hostels in Colombia

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 Read more about Escobar, Drugs and Hostels in Colombia[…]

A Bleeding Puente in Pacho

“You bleed too much,” said my doctor as she stitched up my hand in the Emergency room of the San Rafael Hospital in Pacho, Cundinamarca. I had arrived just 20 minutes previously, making the 80km journey from Bogota in good time. All I wanted was to kick back with a cold beer, forget the stresses Read more about A Bleeding Puente in Pacho[…]

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