Wednesday, 18 November 2009


I recently happened to meet someone from northern Europe, let's say, who has been in Colombia for a month. We were just making small talk and I asked her what she thought about Colombia, and she said, 'It's nice.' Granted she wasn't speaking her native language but even so, the word nice has been jangling in my head ever since. Nice? Colombia is many things - beautiful, heartbreaking, green, rich, varied, violent, vibrant, tragic, dazzling, infuriating, beguiling, maddening, fertile, welcoming, cruel, blessed, cursed, gorgeous, scarred... but nice? No, not nice.

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