Personal Journey | Colombia? You had to be there

· Uncategorized, Violence

By Marlene Bruno

For The Inquirer

What comes to mind when you hear “Medellin, Colombia”? When my daughter accepted a teaching assignment in Colombia’s second-largest city, my thoughts centered on drug cartels, guerilla warfare and kidnappings.

To reassure myself about my daughter’s decision, I asked friends and family whether they knew anyone who had visited Colombia. I called my travel agent, begging for encouragement. Instead, she suggested I read the U.S. State Department’s travel warning. (Go to to read the June 4 warning.)

Desperate, I visited several bookstores to learn about this violent, remote country where my daughter would live. I found two travel books about Colombia, and both contained long chapters on safety. Finally, I realized that I needed to trust my daughter’s judgment. >>Read the rest of the article.


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