And this comment gets across exactly what I was trying to. Although those who think we are "innocent travelers who have the blinders on" will probably never get it...
Reader "Shadowmoss" had this to say...
I lived in Honduras from September 2010 to February 2013. I was a mile away from the horrific prison fire that happened in Comayagua during that time and didn't know it happened until I heard about it at work. I never had a bad experience while I was there, and I lived off post as a civilian contractor to the US military there. I admit that the few times that the soldiers were locked down on base, and I drove out to go home for the evening it was a strange feeling. However, I just didn't wear jewelry, carry a big camera, go out at night alone, and I dressed like the locals (basic daily work clothes for the most part, just not touristy flashy stuff). I found most of the people there to be very friendly and willing to help. In fact I wondered if a person who didn't speak much English would get nearly as much help in a mall or cell phone store as I got from whoever was able to speak English enough to fill in for my poor Spanish. While I was there the Peace Corps pulled out of the country citing it as too dangerous a place. Turns out from what I was told by one who stayed down there to live was that some of the younger volunteers would go out against the guidelines, and were in the wrong place at the wrong time and witnessed an armed robbery once too many times.
I want to go to Colombia very bad, and will follow your blog with great interest. If Colombia is like Honduras, it is more dangerous to be a local and potentially involved with the social/political undercurrents than to be a visitor who acts with respect and some modesty.
To those of you who don't understand risk, it's all about the numbers. Even in these "dangerous" countries, the vast majority of people live out their daily lives without a problem. Higher than 99%. More like 99.99%! As another reader mentioned yesterday, you have a higher chance of being killed in a car accident in the U.S. or Canada than you do being murdered as a tourist in Colombia, Mexico, or Honduras.
And yet, you all hop in your cars every day, don't you?
Anyhow, on to other things.
We have doctors appointments! The little town of Cabri (pop around 400) has it's own medical clinic and full time doctor. He's originally from South Africa, so it will be interesting talking to him when we go since we spent almost two months touring part of South Africa. He's got a really good reputation with the locals, and everybody has something good to say about him.
When we received our Saskatchewan Health Cards the other day, I figured we should probably get checkups. Other than an emergency room visit for a concussion five years ago, I haven't been to a doctor in about ten years. Canada's medical care may be "free", but there's no need to waste the resources of the system.
And apparently the resources are well stretched as it is. Although we were accepted as patients, they're booking full physical checkups for 2016. So we'll go for the initial consultation and maybe just get some blood work done for now. Ruth's appointment is June 22, and mine is July 7. But at least we got our foot in the door!
My mother had to make an appointment with a specialist. She gets to go see him in December. Emergency visits are treated quickly, but if it's not an emergency, you wait for months...sometimes years.
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