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Colombia, An Unknown Paradise

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Even before I started this blog I was very aware of how people’s view of Colombia has changed in the past few years. We all know what most thought about Colombia whenever the name was mentioned, mainly drugs and crime. And as Colombians we knew that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Many of us have struggled to show the other side people have never seen due to this stigma. But it’s all starting to change. Colombia has shed that horrible stereotype and it’s starting to bloom like no other, howing its bright colors for all the world to see. This is one of the reasons why I wanted to start this blog, because it was a way for me to show the few or the many visitors I get how beautiful my birth country really is. And I’m not alone. Below I will share with you a few of the many ways others are trying to accomplish the same.

See Colombia Travel

Did you know that Colombia has THE BEST blog in Latin America? Well, now you do and it belongs to See Colombia Travel, a site dedicated to show the beauty of our country. In this site you will find all the information you need about traveling to Colombia, you will learn about the beautiful places it has to discover and their blog is fantastic. It’s filled with humor and lots of interesting information.See Colombia TravelSee Colombia Travel Blog

It’s Colombia, Not Columbia

What? It’s Colombia, not Columbia? Yes, it is COLOMBIA. Ask any Colombian how they feel whenever they see the word Columbia when referring to Colombia and they will tell you that it’s just as bad as nails on a chalkboard. And I get it, it’s an easy error to make given that we’ve come to know Columbia University, Disctrict of Columbia and even Columbia outergear. However, when it comes to the country, it is written as Colombia. This Facebook page was started as a way to change the perception the world has about Colombia. It all starts with the name and I invite you to join their cause.

It’s Colombia, Not Columbia Facebook Page

Colombian Food Blogs
If you’re looking for more Colombian recipes and feel frustrated of how limited my selection is, I only ask two things from you. One, please, be patient and give me a little bit more time since Sweet y Salado is only a few months old. And two, visit the two sites below that are filled with all kinds of Colombian recipes. They were started years ago by two wonderful and talented Colombian ladies, Erica and Nohora, and there you will find the most amazing and delicious Colombian meals.

My Colombian Recipes

My Colombian Cocina

Medellín Living

This site is totally written from a foreigner’s point of view. Here you will find a complete guide when it comes to visiting Medellín, which is the city where I was born. Need a good restaurant recommendation? Places of where to stay? Sites to see? Clubs to get your groove on? Area guides, transportation, things to do, it’s all here. You’ll even find short stories of his adventures when it comes to experiencing everything Colombia has to offer. It’s a great read and an amazing guide.

Medellín Living

Anthony Bourdain – No Reservations

And saving the best for last. Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations episode on Colombia which aired a few years ago can only be described as simply a sweet and powerful love letter. My favorite part of course is his trip to Medellín where he eats everything from arepas, chorizo, empanadas, beans, sancocho and has a pretty surprising number of aguardiente shots. His blog entry of this episode was incredibly well written and a joy to read, unfortunately it’s not available anymore but I’ve attached a link to his Colombia episode which can be found on the See Colombia Travel Blog.

Anthony Bourdain No Reservations – Colombia

Anthony Bourdain – Colombia Journal Photos

And there you have it, a few of the many ways people have become involved in this wonderful cause, which is to change the world’s perspective of our beautiful country, COLOMBIA.

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  1. Migui Polanco
    July 12, 2013 / 9:45 pm

    Although not Colombian, I absolutely love the country and its people. I was invited to a wedding in Cali three years ago, and next thing I know I am in Colombia. I was hooked, and go back regularly. Next trip is to the Antioquia region this November 2013…

    • Sweet y Salado
      July 12, 2013 / 11:25 pm

      If you loved Cali, then you're going to fall in love head over heels with Antioquia. I would love to know about your trip, I'm sure you're going to have a fantastic time!

  2. Migui Polanco
    July 12, 2013 / 9:48 pm

    and BTW, I have taught my american friends, with death threats, to never, ever call it Columbia! LOL!

    • Sweet y Salado
      July 12, 2013 / 11:25 pm

      Yes, absolutely! LOL.

  3. Krishnamohan Chandrahasan
    January 21, 2016 / 4:45 pm

    "Narcos"(the TV show) brought me here . This is such a fascinating country! And yes, the recipes look yummy.

  4. Truth
    June 21, 2019 / 7:13 am

    Great recipes, thanks for sharing!

    BTW – I am Colombian, and yet I find hypocritical the argument of Colombia vs. Columbia. In ENGLISH and English speaking countries, the word Columbia is said and written correctly to any geographical description derived from Christopher Columbus (Eng.)
    In SPANISH speaking countries, we do not say or write United States, its correct name, but we say Estado Unidos; we don’t say or write New York, again its correct name, we say Nueva York. To ad, Critobal Colon, is never written or pronounced Cristoforo Colombo neither.
    I get it, Colombians who feel “offended” want to be PC with THEIR interpretation of linguistic laws, yet they don’t give the same respect when it comes to other languages.

    • sweetysalado
      June 24, 2019 / 1:17 pm

      Good point. However, I think we should refer to a country or person the way they prefer to be called. Be it a personal name, or in this case, a country’s name. Same goes for Mexico. Mexicans choose to spell their country’s name “México”, which is old school Spanish, when the modern form would be “Méjico”. But, if they still want to spell it with an X, they have every right to do so.

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