Colombia and Colombians: First comments

   Working from the Pocket Guide of Colombian hostels I find that the Casa Platypus is a good place to sleep in Bogota. Bogota is a great big city and the capital of Colombia. The Casa Platypus is a hostel. A hostel is a kind of hotel designed for foreign travelers. It is a place to get useful information and to have a good chance for finding someone who speaks a language you know. The personnel there are often welcoming persons fro far off lands. This has been the case the Platypus. Their colonial, or republican style building overlooks a plaza called Parque de las Periodistas.

    "Periodistas" can be translated as journalists. I find journalists to be an interesting breed which has not quite died out. "Died out" may not quite be the way to put it. World-wide, journalists seem to be killed before they can die a natural death. Assassinated may be the more honest word.

    Journalists are being assassinated world-wide for doing their best to be honest. They would like to tell us the truth about what they see going on around them. They used to find out about goings on, happenings, and doings far and wide, as well as close to home.

    Some journalists still try to inform us about that which is going on. They have long carried on their craft. However we have been killing them, jailing them, imprisoning them, and hiring fewer of them(as a percentage of our population) for decades. So now we have fewer of them. I remember being told, as a Boy Scout,  that honest was a good practice. Now, because of our lack of interest, it is becoming a death sentence. What are we to tell our youth and children?

    Rather than not getting the back-story, we now, too often, don't even get the story. What are we to tell ourselves?

    It seems that I have heard of a Parque de las Periodistas in other Colombian cities. I may try to learn more about them. Do you know anyone who cares?

    It seems this park in the Cadelaria section of Bogota has bee dedicated to a good, honest, and careful journalist who you may know as a famous modern novelist. That novelist is Gasbriel Garcia Marquez. He is an admierer of those who pracice journalism abd has backed-up his admiration with solid support.

    One cannot even go to be in Colombia without learning something interesting.



by Richard Sheehan

for Mago Bill III