OK I´m already late updating the blog, but I´ve been 5 days in the sea sailing from Panama´to Cartagena (Colombia)… I´ll write later about this great experience, but now it´s time for the first post about the Salsa.
OK it took more than I thought but I finished packing.
The reason it took long is that I like to travel light. I got used to it while traveling for work and I wanted to have the same approach for this 3 months.
After a weekend of parties, a visit in a nice village is a very nice cure: it gives at least the illusion of some relax and early nights…
Salento is a little town in the Eje Cafetero, the area of Colombia producing the biggest (legal) export of the country: good coffee beans.
Now that I’m back to the amusement park called Netherlands, when I tell people I’ve spent almost 3 months in Colombia the first questions I get are about safety. Did you feel unsafe? How dangerous really is? Did you have scary moments? First of all, I consider myself fortunate as I didn’t had any real bad experience, excluding a mobile phone that had disappear most likely because I lost it rather than got it stolen. The reason is partially because I look Colombian and I could not be easily identified as a tourist, till I open my mouth and speak a word. Around me I heard different travelers that got robbed in the most amusing ways, like the dude got surrounded by 20 transvestites padding his butt and bye-bye wallet, but really nothing more serious than petty crime. The point is that, how do we say if a place is dangerous? If they tell you that a bridge is about to fall down, you’ll feel in danger crossing it… but are you, really? If nobody tells you, you may walk on a cracked bridge without noticing it and feeling totally safe even if you’re actually in great danger. And if you walk on a bridge and you notice a crack… you’ll feel suddenly in danger! Colombia is considered dangerous because of violence by narco-terrorists, but what did I experience as a backpacker? There’s no a single and simple answer about all the different places and areas I’ve been, so I rather use few stories from the road…