I love Colombia for many different reasons but if I have to boil it down to a single two I wouldn't hesitate to mention my unconditional Colombian friends and the fact that the country has given us all Gabriel Garcia Marquez - almost a personal friend as I grew up reading him. Gabriel Garcia Marquez (born in Aracataca in 1927) is one of the greatest writers of the XX century. I have yet to find somebody else able to convey the spirit of the Caribbean as superbly as he has done it.
"Macondo" and his Nobel Prize winner "One Hundred Years of Solitude" are forever engraved in my memory.
Furthermore, who doesn't remember "Love int the Times of the Cholera" (1985), "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" (1981) or "Autumn of the Patriarch" (1975), to mention but some?..  and of course Colombia's top two exports Coffee and Shakira!

Visit Colombia and you'll find that the only danger is wanting to stay!
andres forero
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