Colombia 🇨🇴

Our Columbian meal was Cazuela de Mariscos (Seafood Stew), Colombian Arepas, Salpicón de Frutas (Colombian Fruit Cocktail) and Colombian Refajo (beer with pop). The seafood stew was a delicious blend of shrimp, littleneck clams, and swordfish in heavy cream and coconut milk topped with cilantro and parsley – a new favorite. The fruit cocktail was mango, banana, papaya, apples, and grapes in watermelon juice topped with ice cream. Yum! Our drink of Refajo was Colombiana soda, which tasted to us like cherry soda, mixed with beer. It was an interesting combination.

We watched Love in the Time of Cholera, a love story placed in Colombia that occurs over 50 years, from 1880 to 1930 during the fifth and sixth Cholera pandemics. Watching the movie prompted us to research Cholera and it is very interesting how it mirrors what we are going through today with Covid. Cholera still affects an estimated 3–5 million people worldwide and causes 28,800–130,000 deaths yearly. The primary treatment for affected individuals is oral rehydration salts (ORS), the replacement of fluids and electrolytes by using slightly sweet and salty solutions. It is spread mostly by contaminated water.

The fifth pandemic was from 1881 to 1896. It started in India and spread to Europe, Asia, and South America. The sixth pandemic ran from 1899–1923. These epidemics had a lower number of fatalities because physicians and researchers had a greater understanding of the cholera bacteria. Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula, Persia, India, and the Philippines were hit hardest during these epidemics. Other areas, such as Naples and Germany (primarily the city of Hamburg, where more than 8.600 people died), also suffered severe outbreaks.

There are so many beautiful places in Columbia. El Jardín in Antioquia Colombia has brightly painted houses with balconies and flowers. Tayrona National Park has beautiful beaches and rainforests. It is the former home of the Tayrona Indians, a pre-Columbian culture, and there are remains of huts, burial mounds, and ceremonial places. La Ciudad Perdida, the lost city of the Tayrona, is located in the middle of the jungle of the Sierra Nevada. The only way to reach it is by foot through the jungle – a two-day hike.

Minca is a small village in the hills of the Sierra Nevada and one of the most beautiful places in Colombia. It is perched 1000′ above Santa Marta. It is said Minca is a cool place to relax, a great location for mountain biking, birdwatching, hiking, or just watching sunsets.

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