The Best Of Latinoamérica

I’ve been around Latinoamérica for a year and a half now, so I’ve had my fair share of latin adventures. Obviously this post is extremely biased. I’m basically judging and rating everything I’ve done on this side of the world. But I thought while I’m here, in my last month, I may as well put everything together. So what has been the best of the best for me here in Latinoamérica…

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What Is A Capital City? Let’s Take A Look At Bogota.

Capital Cities are usually the capital for a reason. Whether they’re located in Asia, the Americas, Australia, Europe or whichever continent in the world, they have something in common.

Technically this commonality is defined by wikipedia as:
A capital city is a city or town, specified by law or constitution, by the government of a country, or part of a country, such as a state, province or county. It usually serves as the location of the government’s central meeting place and offices.

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The Significance Of Graffiti Art, Comuna 13

For a long time (from a foreigner’s perspective) when someone mentioned a planned visit to Colombia, it was usually accompanied by heeds of warning. When someone mentioned Medellin, old mate Pablo popped into mind. When someone mentioned Comuna 13… well now we’re just getting too specific.

However, talking to a Paisa (a Colombian born in Medellin) when someone mentioned Comuna 13 that’s when the real heeds of warning came up. There are plenty of good areas in Medellin, but avoid Comuna 13, if you can.

So obviously that’s one of the first places I went to visit.

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The Significance Of Graffiti Art, Valparaiso

dictator |ˈdikˌtātər|
noun
a ruler with total power over a country, typically one who has obtained power by force.

In 1973, Augusto Pinochet with the Chilean Armed Forces and the secret aid of the CIA, stormed into the Parliamentary Palace, La Moneda in Santiago, and overthrew President Allende. This Dictator maintained power until 1990, instigating 17 years of torture (as many as 30,000 people) and implementing economic liberalisation.

Disturbing right? But where does Valparaiso fit into this picture? And what has this got to do with graffiti?

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