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Colourful Colombia Filled With Camaraderie

Dispelling negative tales they had heard about this country, this adventurous couple discovered instead a colourful Colombia that is every bit as charming in this land of camaraderie as can be

Alex Wong and Allyson Yip are the formidable husband-and-wife team behind JTS who have made it their mission to travel the world on their trusted bike in their “Journey of A Thousand Smiles” goal, biking around the globe.

After committing to our goal of travelling the world on our trusted bike, my lovely wife Allyson Yik sportingly agreed that Colombia was not to be missed and was next on our bucket list of countries to travel to on our trusted hardy bike. So after enduring an 18-hour journey from Cristobal Pier, Colon in Panama, we finally reached the shores of South America. And finally, we landed at Puerto de Cartagena, which conveniently lies on the northeastern side of the Caribbean Coast.

Being our first visit to Colombia, a country coloured by stories of dangerous drug cartels and the like — we were naturally a little apprehensive. However, we took a calculated risk only to be rewarded beyond our wildest expectations with a truly awsome experience dispelling the shroud of fearful negative perception covering the country.

After all, what we perceived of the country was mainly restricted to what we had read or heard and seen from the news and media coverage. Well, one thing that we can say is that though Colombia is perceived to be one of the world’s most dangerous countries due to its chequered past, we found it to be surprisingly a peaceful country bequeath with wonderful scenery, delicious cuisine and warm people whom we were happy to include in our list of friends. Over here, we got to also indulge in Colombia’s national dish called Bandeja Paisa.

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