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What do you think of when you hear the word Colombia...
1) Shakira
2) Drugs
3) Danger
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.
It helps to concentrate, reliefs fatigue and hunger, but it by far doesn´t have the effect of cocaine. You need 100kg of cocaleafs for 1g of cocaine. Nowadays it is chewed by people from the Caribean coast, over the miners in Potosi to the gaucho´s in Argentina.

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!



BR-UNO says:
Fre, its been a long way... have a safe trip back home! Write to you later! Abracos, Bruno.
Posted on: Nov 18, 2008
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