COLOMBIA! It can be a scary destination for some first timers…..But its an amazing place for so many reasons. Having visited on three separate occasions I haven’t even scratched the surface yet.
I have been travelling all over the world for over 10 years now (Starting in 2007 with my first crazy adventure to Thailand) I was funding myself with online poker at the time. This is an era without Wifi so I was hitting the spread out internet cafes all over Thailand.
But I digress…I am writing about Colombia. My first trip there was in 2015. Man I still remember the flight like it was yesterday. The feeling of butterflies in my stomach and also almost-fear in my guts as I approached the Avianca (Colombian Airline) Check-in desk in my native London Heathrow Airport. “Hello Sir, English or Spanish?” She asked with her flawless makeup and beautiful face.
“English is best haha” – I was torn between turning to run and handing over my passport. I had a big screen with “BOGOTA FLIGHT 125” to my right. Oh shit I was thinking I am about to head to the wild wild West.. (Images of drugs, Guns and violence flashes in my mind) and there’s no Will Smith there waiting to protect me.
WTF am I doing? Step-back. I had first heard about the wonders of Colombia from a good friend of mine a year earlier in 2014 on a trip to Panama in a hotel. He was a biker travelling through Panama doing his epic journey – Argentina to Canada. He was already 3 months in. 3 months to go.
He was raving about the people, culture and how it was an untapped paradise. But I remember asking him all the usual ignorant un-enlightened questions at the time. “How safe is it?” “Did you meet any drug dealers or see cocaine?” LOL What an un-informed guy I was back then…. I have come a long way since then. My friend Steve just smiled at me and pulled out his laptop showing me all his photos and told me some stories a few of which were XXX rated (after stopping in sin-city Medellin) and also all the rest.
I was hooked. So here i was just over a year later. Big-ass suitcase and gut doing cartwheels and making noises with nervousness.
My Butthole was clenched tight. …
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