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Monthly Snippets About Colombia

by Michael

Another year starting. My wife and I were lucky to have her son, who lives and works in Australia, join us for the New Year. We have not seen him since visiting Australia in 2016. Great time catching up with everything in his life. Hope your year is starting out great.

Adolf Hitler lived in Colombia after WWII - A CIA memo submitted on October 17, 1955 claims to have seen Adolf Hitler alive and well in Tunja, Colombia. That memo has recently been declassified and the .pdcan be downloaded HERE. Part of the memo reads, "Colombia; which is, according to the source, overly populated with former German Nazis. According to CITROEN, the Germans residing in Tunja follow this alleged Adolf HITLER With an "idolatry of the Nazi past, addressing him as  'der Fuhrer' and affording him the Nazi Salute and storm-trooper adulation." 

  Is it possible for Hitler to be in Colombia? If one believes what is in the book, Grey Wolf: The Escape of Adolf Hitler, then yes. 

I sure hope these were not Americans - When you travel abroad you represent your country. Whether you want to or not people judge others in your country by your actions.  Personally I believe they should seriously fine or jail all Americans who act disrespectful abroad. Unfortunately as shown in some of my earlier newsletters many security personal of American politicians would be in jail if that were done. 
   Anyway, police are looking for a naked tourist that disrespected not only those around him, but a respected statue. In the same article it mentioned that many foreign tourists received discipline for sex with minors. 
   My fellow Americans - please respect other countries and cultures.

BBQ Boy gets in on writing about the tourist action - Frank over at the blog site of The Travels of BBQBOY and Spanky wrote "Tourism…and when the locals hate you." Seems there are many places in Europe where tourists being rude just does not justify the tourist dollar.

Sarepa guest blogger covers La Guajira -  Sabine Bouwmeeste combined good writing with great photos to bring readers a glimpse into one of Colombia's departments.

But lately the area has been in the news for corruption reasons such as building bridges in the middle of the desert. The photo with this article says much.

Proof of the beauty of Colombian women continues - In November of 2017 Laura Gonzalez was the first runner up in the Miss Universe Pageant. Now consider that in 2016 Miss Colombia was second runner up, in 2015 the country's contestant was first runner up and in 2014 Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega, won the top title.

Uber makes Colombian news again - Following on the heels of an Uber driver throwing a passenger out of a moving car; according to "the city paper" in the first 11 days of January 216 Uber cars have been immobilized by Policía de Tránsito. This is after a Colombian court has ruled that the company operates illegally in the country.
On the other hand, there are many Colombians who prefer Uber. We constantly hear complaints calling the Colombian taxi drivers lairs and thieves. This story by Newsweek talks about the Millionaire Ride that happened to an American in Bogota. People blame the government for not cleaning up the taxi business in the city.

“it has not been won, nor is being won and we require new approaches and new strategies.” - a quote from Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos during his speech to the United Nations.  This comes at a time when the United States is thinking to decertify Colombian as a partner in the war against drugs. But one must remember that when U.S. President Bill Clinton started Plan Colombian he was told by drug experts at the time that not only would his method not solve the problem, but would exacerbate it. Now over $7 billion U.S. taxpayer dollars latter and peace with Colombia's biggest terrorist group the country has more cocoa being grown than when Plan Colombia started.

$20 million going into tourism infrastrucure - According to Colombia Reports that amount is what the country is going to spend. But they state that $15.7 million (78.5%) will go to the town of Santa Marta. In listening to Colombians that makes no sense to many and just sounds like massive corruption

Bogotá airport enlarged - El Dorado airport located in the capital city is Colombia's largest airport. It is one of the top 100 busiest in the world. In 2016 it handled over 31 million passengers. With a landing field of over 1,700 acres it is the third largest in the world according to The new expansion is to allow swifter processing of passengers.

Thank you for reading. Wishing you a great day.

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