About Gordon Hanlon

Gordon Hanlon came to Colombia in 2011 for a volunteer project and fell in love with the country. He coaches the Bogotá all-star rugby and when he´s not on the pitch or jogging up to Monserrate he is usually in the office complaining about arepas.

Guestpost: Living in Colombia – Some Things That I Just Don´t Get

 

Arepa, Colombian food

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I love living in Colombia; I woulnt be here if i didn´t. But as an Irishman, there are just some things about the country which baffle me. Maybe it’s a difference in culture or maybe its just me, but to this day I still have no idea about them.

 

1. The buses here are small and cramped, but that’s fine with me. What I cannot understand is Colombians attitude on them. Colombian people love the aisle seat it seems, they never move in and you know what that suits me as I am always one to be looking out the window. Standard protocol around the world is for the person on the outside to get up and let you slide in. Standard enough, except this is Colombia, so that’s clearly not the natural thing to do.

 

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My trip to The Lost City (La Ciudad Perdida) Colombia

One of the biggest attractions in Colombian Tourism is The Lost City Trek. La Ciudad Perdida is not as famous as Peru’s Macchu Picchu but it is equally if not more spectacular. The whole point of these treks and Eco-tourism in general is to get closer to nature and discover those unspoilt attractions. I would say that anywhere you can take a train to instead of trekking to clearly has become too commercialised ala Macchu Pichu.

Don’t get me wrong the ruins at Macchu Pichu are spectacular but La Ciudad Perdida offers more than just that final idyllic photo, its more about the journey itself than the destination and what a journey it is…

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