|Drunken Colombian fun without the fights - well until the Irish lad arrived that is.|
What did catch our eye though was a good old-fashioned bar brawl amongst a number of natives. Somebody said something they shouldn’t have – or at least that’s what some of the people that heard it thought – and next we had about half a dozen lads exchanging blows. Fair enough, what transpired wasn’t of the highest calibre, but it was sufficient enough to make memories of home come flooding back.
|Why fight when you can, er, 'dance' instead?|
The bottom line here is that you are more likely to find yourself in an A&E department with a brawl-related injury after a night out in Britain or Ireland than you are in these parts. But which place is seen as the least safe?
Of course people will point to muggings and other such ‘petty’ crime as being far more prevalent in Colombia compared to most ‘Western world’ countries. Yes, they happen. In fact we were unlucky enough to be the victims of a knife ‘attack’ in Bogotá recently – our first such experience in South America it must be added. Such things though come with the territory in most big cities across the globe, wherever they’re located. What’s more, a lot of the time here in Colombia, these unsavoury incidents are utter opportunism by the perpetrators, pure and simple.
As a good Italian friend mused about his experiences living in Manchester, many of the locals there just seemed to have a desire to fight all the time. No matter how much you keep ‘yourself-to-yourself’, you’ll invariably find trouble in such places – or vice versa to be more accurate.
For many of the ‘boys’ from these more ‘developed’ locations, a night out just wouldn’t be complete without a bit of a fisticuff. A lot of the time it’s a mentality that exists in sobriety, so throw in a cocktail of drink and drugs and you could be, quite literally, on a ‘hiding to nothing’.
|Oh Venezuela, how we miss you & your quirky ways|
In any case as our ‘Dangerous Colombia’ series has hopefully shown, how dodgy a place is depends very much on how you look at it.
As with everything, it’s relative. Colombia’s negative reputation certainly precedes it, but there are worse places you could be. For one, it’s no Venezuela.