Colombia is a gorgeous country. I was surprised by Medellin. It is a sophisticated and modern city in a wide valley surrounded by verdant green hills and lush forests. The weather is ideal, and the people are open, kind, and warm. We felt completely safe during the day and night even though we speak very little spanish. Bogota, was another surprise. It is a massive city at 9000'. The weather is cooler than Medellin, and it is often overcast. Not a beautiful city overall, there are still some sections that are quite nice. It feels like any southern European city, with a very worldly and sophisticated population. We were very honored with a private tour of the Colombian Capital buildings, visiting the floors of both their Senate and House chambers. We also took a train up to the Montserrat Monastery and I had a few days of business around town. I shot these with my Olympus E-M1, O12-40, and Samyang Fisheye. Medellin Skyline View attachment 100242 Restaurant in Medellin at Night View attachment 100243 Bogota Old City Center View attachment 100240 Bogota Near the Airport View attachment 100241 Colombia House Chamber View attachment 100247 Colombia Senate Chamber View attachment 100249 Montserrat Church View attachment 100246 View from Montserrat View attachment 100250 I encourage everyone to forget what they have heard about Colombia as a country run by drug cartels. That was in the 1990's. Today, Colombia is a modern nation with a European feeling, wonderful people, fantastic cities, and amazing nature.