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Twenty, Twenty, Twenty-Four Days to Go

…I wanna be sedated.

Well almost 3 years ago to the day I went on the first eye-opening trip of my life (no offence to Europe prior, but Bangkok ‘Ping-Pong Shows’ are pretty damn eye opening…and immediately thereafter eye closing).

I was over the moon to find out Duncan would be down for joining me on this years trip 3 years after our Southeast Asian adventure (after missing out on the South America trip). He had (for yet unknown reasons) jumped off the bus and stuck by my side when the Vietnamese border guards yanked me off our coach and threw me into that god-forsaken hospital quarantine in the middle of nowhere. He had also been the one to restrain me when we had a knife pulled on us in Bangkok and I was popping off at the guys without seeing the weapon. So yeah, I pretty much want this guy by my side when this Bath-Salt induced zombie apocalypse goes down.

Now that I’m a working man (…get your minds out of the gutter) I am only permitted 2 weeks vacation throughout the year – add in the fact I need 2 days in September to fly home to Vancouver for a wedding and, well I can’t be doing no more continent-wide expeditions. A 1-2 country trip was all that could be done in such a short timeframe.  So we mashed together our top-5’s and were ecstatic to have Colombia come out on top.

So why Colombia? Well here’s our top-5 reasons for going:

  1. Guerrilla Kidnappings. Wait, that was put in the wrong context – we’re not wanting to get kidnapped by FARC. Over the past few years the government decimated there ranks, basically putting them out of commission. That means the one huge barrier to tourism is now out of the way, and this country can be explored prior to the tourist industry sinking it’s ugly teeth into it.
  2. The terrain. Jungle – Check. Mountains – Check. Waterfalls – Check. Beaches – Check. We wanted to do some trekking, and Colombia has some pretty cool treks.

    Picture by Andres Felipe Gomez Ortega on Flickr

  3. Cocaine. Okay see point one about context. Pablo Escobar was a polarizing figure – and still remains the face everybody thinks of when they hear ‘Drug Lord.’ I’ve heard many stories, read books and seen films on the man and can’t really grasp the true magnetite of his empire or his impact on the country. Needless to say Medellin, and Pablo Escobar’s old residences will be must-see’s on our trip.
  4. Untouched Beaches. Well, we experienced packed beaches in Thailand, and I’ve seen the most famous beaches in the world in Brazil. I need a beach that’s untouched by the masses, and Colombia fits that bill.

    By Fred Fraces on Flickr

  5. Girls. Colombia for better or worse (I’m going to say better, but if you catch me chatting up a hardcore feminist, I’ll be all over a ‘worse’ response) has one of the highest rates of plastic surgery usage throughout the world. I’ve seen Brazil, now it’s time to see if Colombia lives up to the hype.

I’m going to get this blog going to keep everybody up to date on prep for the trip, the trip itself, along with the follow-up.

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