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Strolling across Comuna 13 in Medellin

Our next stop was the famous “Comuna 13” which had the most tumultuous history of the city, which was once known as the most dangerous community due to its huge homicide rates and forced displacement of thousands of residents. Comuna 13 is an over-populated and poor place situated on the west city hills. Houses are placed on top of the other like in a huge lego puzzle. This place was the center of paramilitary, guerrilla and gang activity because of its location that provided easy transportation of guns, drugs, and money. But today this place looks new as if it was reborn from its own ash. The neighborhood has embraced an era of freedom and hope! Nowadays residents aren’t afraid to leave their homes and their quality of life has increased.They started to express themselves through art like graffiti, street dance and music. Here I’ve seen the most beautiful graffiti ever. The walls became a canvas…

Following the footsteps of Notorious Drug Lord Pablo Escobar

Just before our departure to Colombia, we have read a top of the most dangerous countries on the globe and Colombia was number 1. “Ups! No way, the situation can be that bad” I said to myself. It is true that Colombia has been the playground of drun Lords for more than 50 years, but today it is a better country that attracts more and more tourists.  We spent a week in Colombia and we can say we never felt unsafe, in fact, some day we want to return to this place. Well, the reality is that after 50 years of internal conflict in which over 200,000 people died and over 4 million emigrated, things have improved. In 2016, President Juan Manuel Santos signed a peace treaty with the guerrilla group, the FARC, ending the longest conflict in the Americas. It is not all perfect, of course. Drugs are still…

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