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“Colombia Unida No Sera Vencida!!!”

Yesterday, February 4th, millions of Colombians around the world (in over 100 cities) gathered together as one. One against the guerrillas-the FARC. So they could stop…stop the kidnappings, stop the murder, the lies, the abuse.

I am usually very unwilling to talk about the “bad” things about Colombia. I mean they get enough media coverage, so I feel I need to talk about the positive sides of my country, such as its beauty, its people, its food, its folklore. But I cannot hide the fact that evil groups such as the FARC still have an incredible power in the region. Even after the billions of dollars that the US pumps into Plan Colombia and all of President Uribe’s efforts they still hold kidnapped over 700 individuals. And with drug demand increasing in Europe and in the United States, the FARC will only be more powerful.
But all my countrymen and women, today are walking together as one. One against fear, war, injustice. We are tired. No more, enough is enough. We want peace. Because, I will like to go back to my home…

PS. Great coverage in BBC and in El Tiempo

PSS. If you use drugs, think…you are helping to kill, helping people be murdered in other countries, you are holding people hostage in jungles…you are swallowing or putting in your veins, drugs that are carried in people’s stomachs or in puppies stomachs…and you are okay with that???

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So as I mentioned in my earlier post, I went to Atlanta this past weekend. I lived there for three years (2000-2003), while I was going to college. During my tenure in Atlanta, my life was a bit of a rollercoaster. You know that feeling when you are in a fast rollercoaster and you could feel the people screaming around you and the wind hitting your face but you are numbed to all other sensations??? Well, that is a perfect description of my Atlanta years. So, while I lived there I didn’t get to enjoy the city as much as I could have. Here is a quick recap of this past weekend…

First off, I was incredibly impressed with the actual city. Since 2004, they have totally changed the city. It is a million times nicer. It made me think I could actually move back there…something I hadn’t contemplated I think ever…they added the Georgia Aquarium, Atlantic Station, the Coke museum is new, they have constructed and expanded the city more. They have made it more tourist friendly. There are a lot more bars and clubs to go to now…it is really a happening place…

The purpose for the trip was to surprise one of my dearest friends on his birthday. It turned out to be a great experience and there is no greater feeling than being with people that you truly love. They are like family to me. As an added bonus, I got to see my ex-boyfriend. Which most people would not regard this as a bonus, but I do. My ex and I have kept in touch since I left Atlanta and well, we had not seen each other for about two and a half years. It was a sweet reunion of sorts. Obviously you wonder, about the what ifs  and the what nots, but at the end of the day, it was sweet to see a being or the being you have loved so much and has made you in a way the person you are now.

My re-re discovery of Atlanta is that is a sweet town…with a taste of southern hospitality that is turning into a booming metropolis without losing its soul…how sweet indeed it was…