Changing your perception of Colombia- The story of Medellín

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When you think of the country of Colombia, what are the words that come to mind? Drugs, Violence or Government corruption maybe? If those are, I certainly don’t blame you as many of those types of things made the headlines 20-30 years ago and before I came to Colombia I would’ve said the same thing. After living in Colombia for the last two months, the words that come to my mind now are: Vibrant, Beautiful, Expressive, Community, Togetherness, Innovative and Optimistic. Colombia truly is a beautiful country and I have come to love so many things about it over the last few months and I would like to do my best to show what the new Colombia really is because it is so much different than the Colombia of the past.

Let’s start with the facts. From the 1980s to mid 1990s, Colombian cartels were the biggest and most violent in the world. Between Pablo Escobar, his Medellín cartel, and the Cali cartel, Colombia endured many years of extreme violence that affected every single person in the...