In schoonheid afsluiten: Carribean...
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November 14th, 2008 – by: vanaver
Well, as it happened so many times already, the only things you hear about South-American countries are the bad things. And for sure, Colombia has already had it´s share of problems: does the name Pablo Escobar ring a bell? He was a drugbaron until 18 years ago (not sure) and at that time he had so much power he had it´s own ´state´: own coca-factories, own security-service, and he even had his own research-labs. Anyway since he got killed, things have changed. Sure, there is still coca-production. Imagine; in terms of money 1 coca-field yields 120 times what a banana-field yields! No wonder that the farmers choose coca. By the way coca has always been chewed by the indigenous people.
A few decennia ago the USA started a campaign to limit the production of coca in ao Bolivia and Colombia in order to screw back the use of cocaine on it´s own territory. They even sprayed herbicides to destroy the coca-fields. However they helped the farmers to start growing other vegetables on their fields, with limited succes. The result is that a lot of farmers ended up in poverty or are now growing coca in the national parks, where the spraying of herbicides is forbidden. Think of it what you want...
What I found was a very green landscape with a very colorful population and dito naturaleza. The climate is tropical and Caribbean music sounds everywhere. People are -as usual- very friendly and helpful. Every now and then they even offer their help when you´re looking for some kind of white powder. Don´t know what they mean with this ;-). Anyway, you´ll find the most beautiful series of pictures in this entry. Nice way to end your trip, huh.
CU in den draai!
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