I’ve been so consumed with everything else that has been going on recently that I have not taken enough time to work on the blog. You know how it goes – sometimes the work pressures, life, travelling, etc, just kind of seems to take over.
But there is one thing I could not miss out on posting about, especially living in Colombia, and that is the humongous news that the Colombian government signed a peace agreement with the Farc earlier this week, ending a war that had been going on for over 50 years.
That certainly is incredible, and definitely an amazing time to be in Colombia.
It’s funny, the war in Colombia is something many of us outside the country know about probably through films and other forms of media, but for people from or living here, this has been a very real experience. Imagine most or all of your life has been in a conflict country. Although to be fair, I have to point out that even though the fighting has still been going on in more remote parts of the country, it is not something we are really confronted by living in most of the bigger cities. It’s something you’re aware of, especially when you see the amount of heavily armed soldiers and military police patrolling or guarding various areas, but in the two years I have been in Colombia, I can honestly say I have never felt like I was in a war zone.
I say this from a tourist’s point of view. What I mean is that Colombia has long moved away from the stereotypical image that many people outside the region still hold of the country.
The South American country is one of the fastest growing economies, has well developed infrastructure, and is a far cry from the violent drug-ridden den of kidnappers it was once portrayed as.
In terms of tourism, the country has so much to offer and is growing fast as a top destination. To name just a few of the things you’ll find here: beautiful beaches, rich culture, buzzing salsa scene, pristine nature, thousands of bird species, and of course coffee.
Tomorrow, the people get to vote whether or not they agree with the terms of the agreement. Opinions are very mixed, with everyone saying yes, we want peace, but not everyone in favour of the terms the government and the Farc have reached. I’ll be writing a lot more about the peace process over the next few weeks, so look out for more.
For now, here are a few pictures to celebrate the beauty of Colombia, magical realism.