Why is it whenever I see the barrios of say, Medellin on some documentary (which isn't very often believe me), people are snorting or smoking stuff like it's going out of fashion? Very strange. Almost as if there's a cover up. I read on a website a while back that some Colombians are in denial about this. They'll angrily deny there's a drug addict problem to your face while getting high on a joint. That's not me saying that it's someone else.
Another fib Norak told was crime is mainly in rural areas when most murders are in urban, and most of it is by common criminals. Bogota is actually MORE dangerous than most cities of it's size too. Not sure what he/she was going on about there.
Which brings me on to another liar - J.B. again. He's another who talks as if Colombia's on the news all the time. Where on EARTH do people get this from?? Do a Google search on murder rate with the US then compare with Colombia and see how many results come up. In other words, don't pretend Colombia's violence is some well known phenomenon because it isn't.
J.B. also lied about Colombia being safer than South Africa and Venezuela. Brazil I'd agree with, but the year prior to J.B.'s definition (2003) Colombia certainly was NOT safer than South Africa and Venezuela. Why did he say it? You tell me.
Now let's look at his ridiculous argument about Washington being more dangerous than Bogota, we'll use 2003 stats again. How BIG is Washington compared to the Colombian capital, particularly the figure he's using? 44 per 100,000 for a city of half a million people compared to Bogota's 23 per 100k amidst SEVEN MILLION, yet if we use the ENTIRE metropolitan area of D.C. (five million) the rate goes down to 9 per 100,000.
I'll go further. If we compare the Bogota suburb of Soacha (300,000+) to the core city of Washington, it's murder rate is HIGHER at 47 per 100,000. These are far more like for like comparisons. You see where this is going? It's crafty and I see it all the time, let's compare apples with apples.
Yes, Bogota is much, MUCH safer than it was in the early 90's, but I think a city of seven million that still had 1,372 murders in 2006 would only be considered safe by idiots. Don't get me STARTED on the brutally violent cities in the Valle del Cauca province!
Dave, just ignore these politically correct arse-kissers. I'm interested in facts and I hope people rate me on my content, not my shitty attitude. Thank you and for the record, Colombia is MUCH safer since Uribe became president...but STILL a violent place, so keep your wits about you.
First of all, Colombia is rich in mineral and agricultural resources: coffee, emeralds, flowers, etc. The quality of its coffee and emeralds is world-renowned and makes them very desirable.
Second, it is one of the most geographically varied nations in the world: it's the only country in South America (I'm not including Mexico or Central America) with an Atlantic AND a Pacific coastline, three ranges of the Andes run north-south through it (Bogotá is built on a plateau in the Andes), the Amazon jungle comprises much of the southeastern part of the country, and Cristobal Colon, South America's second-tallest mountain, is at its northern end.
Third, Colombians have a reputation in South America for being very cultured and sophisticated. Bogotá is one of Latin America's great cultural centers, and is renowned and beloved by travellers who have visited it (I'm not one of them...yet). And its murder rate, as mentioned before, is a LOT lower than my own country's capital, Washington DC; though both cities are getting better year by year.
So don't take offense if some people are a bit ignorant of the facts; you think it's easy for me living in New York and having to tolerate the outdated, uninformed, nasty crap I've heard about my city? Laugh, inform them that they're wrong, and move on to the next.
colombia has a nice culture, and a variety of people, from blonde haired blue eyed folks, to dark so dark they are almost blue folks, one thing colombians have in common is that they look hot, whoever says colombia means drugs, can go suck their grannies tities, i am not colombian, however i have been there, and that country rules!!!
they got some of the hottest women u can ever come across.
Well, many ignorants think that we are all about drugs, violence, guerrilla and fake-ass bitches, but we aren't, and that fake image media have been showing for years of our conutry couldn't be more stupid.
It piss us off that some ignorants ask us if we do speak english, or if we live under rocks, of if we have some coke of if we eat burritos!!!OMG!!! we're not beasts neither dealers nor mexicans!!!What the fuck is wrong with you people? We're just as good as anyone and we don't need more ignorants talkin shit about us, but i you wanna do it, we won't kill you, we're not getting to your level.We'll you laugh until you learn thata the world is more than just banalities.
Country poorly portrayed in the film "Mr. and Mrs. Smith": helicopters bombing Bogotá, an apocalyptic scenario with houses on fire, illustrating the capital as a rural little town with no buildings or evidence of any urban development. Hotels with fans give the idea of an unbearable heat, even though Bogotá is 2640 meters (8661 feet) above sea level. No pavement on the streets and a bar filled with rioted chicken. The actors who play the part of the police men in this Colombia deplorable cartoon wear weird uniforms and speak with Mexican/Caribbean accents even though Bogotá is not anywhere near the coast and some Colombian regions are recognized for having one of the best Spanish in Central and South America, and are even criticized/made fun of by the rest of the country for having a somewhat stiff accent.
Less than four weeks after its release in Colombia, the General Secretary of the City Hall, Enrique Borda, sent a letter of protest to the director Doug Liman. In the letter he states that "It is evidenced, beyond any doubt, that the director and his production crew show a total level of ignorance by portraying (the city) as incipient (...), primitive, with scarce hotel infrastructure, dominated by poverty, depressed, disorganized, with high levels of violence; in conclusion, totally chaotic and not attractive at all". Borda also points out in his text that Colombia was awarded with the title of "City of Peace" by the Unión de Ciudades Capitales Iberoamericanas (UCCI) and was declared "World Book Capital 2007" by UNESCO.
Colombia is the shit!