Category Archives: Colombia

Medellin, Colombia: World’s Most Innovative City

You’ve heard of the song “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”?  If your orientations are south of the border, you might say, “I Left My Corazon in Medellin”.  Long known by Latin Americans as a jewel of a city kissed by the almighty, this metropolis in the northwestern Colombian state of Antioqua is finally getting some global press…positive press.  Medellin was recently named as the winner of the Innovative City of the Year competition, beating out New York and Tel Aviv.  With peace in Colombia, all things are possible.

Read Fox New Latino’s article here:

http://bit.ly/Z6JLik

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Medellin, Colombia - World's Most Innovative City

Santa Colombia!

Short of being named the Pope, there are fewer higher awards for someone of the faith than to be sainted.  Argentina got the Pope, Colombia has the latest saint.  Laura Montoya dedicated her life working for Colombia’s indigenous groups and the marginalized. On Sunday, she was declared Colombia’s first saint.  Not a bad Mother’s Day gift.

Read Jim Wyss’ Miami Herald article here:

http://hrld.us/19j7uA0

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Santa Colombia

Colombians to Get Starbucks, and Like It

They like their coffee in Colombia, but just not as much as you might think.  While Colombia is one of the world’s top producers of coffee, Colombians are not big coffee drinkers, comparatively.  The owners of the largest coffee chain in Colombia hope Starbucks can give the local industry a boost.  The Juan Valdez cafe chain, owned by farmers and beloved by Colombians, expects the imminent arrival of Starbucks to help it boost surprisingly low consumption of the beverage in a nation that grows much of the world’s tastiest arabica.  Isn’t it ironic, Alanis Morissette?

Read Peter Murphy’s Reuters article here:

http://reut.rs/18qiue8

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A barista pours a drink at a newly designed Starbucks coffee shop in Fountain Valley

Colombia’s Child Soldiers Getting a New Start at Civility

In Medellin, the beautiful Colombian city with the horrible reputation, former child soldiers are reentering civilian life with help from a Miami-based organization.  They are learning not only how to become productive citizens of the country, but also how to be kids again.

Read Jim Wyss’s Miami Herald article here:

http://hrld.us/1axMitG

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Colombia’s Child Soldiers Getting a New Start at Civility

Starbucks Invading Juan Valdez Territory in Colombia

There is a bigger story behind the Starbucks vs. Juan Valdez in Colombia.  The bigger picture is that the West is betting on Colombia as an economic opportunity.  First, when coffee giant Starbucks announced it was bringing its frappuccinos and skinny lattes to Colombia it sparked jokes about selling ice to Eskimos and captured global headlines. But now, the smart money is starting to realize, there’s gold in Colombia, literally and figuratively.  It’s the tinto vs. the Venti for your caffeine bucks, and for the country of Colombia.

Read Jim Wyss’ Miami Herald article here:

http://hrld.us/HwpGPM

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Starbucks Invading Juan Valdez Territory in Colombia

Beautiful Bogotá Blooms With Art

Betty La Fea could hardly be a more appropriate symbol of her birthplace, Bogotá, Colombia.  Although the city is known for its geographic beauty, its urbanscape gets a much less favorable review.  The gritty city of 7.6 million rarely gets respect for its “curb appeal”, and it often ranks near the bottom in “liveability” surveys, along with being near the top of the hemisphere’s ugliest capitals.  Pobrecita, la fea.  No wonder it produced the classic telenovela.  However, just like Betty La Fea, Bogotá is starting to sport a vibrant local art scene, and her true beauty is starting to come through.  Pero, donde esta Don Armando?

Read Jim Wyss’ Miami Herald article here:

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Beautiful Bogotá Blooms With Art

Colombia in the Midst of an Image Makeover

It’s not just Sofia Vergara who is contributing to the way Americans, uhm… look at Colombia.  It goes far beyond the pop culture world of Shakira.  It exceeds the occasional foray of the likes of Anthony Bourdain into the Colombian countryside.  The U.S. has a trade agreement with Colombia, people.  And it is following suit that Colombia has become a destination for legitimate business opportunities, especially for Floridians.  For example, for his first trip outside the Washington Beltway, Luis Carlos Villegas — Colombia’s new ambassador to the United States — chose Florida, not just for the pandebono.

Read Mimi Whitefield’s Miami Herald article here:

http://hrld.us/1jqd4Kw

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Colombia in the Midst of an Image Makeover

Colombian Sailing Ship Visiting Miami

Miami Colombians have plenty to be proud of this week.  Their football team performed admirably in the World Cup in Brazil, even though their stay was cut short.  Now, another piece of home is available for all to see for a couple of days here in Miami.

Flying a Colombian flag almost as tall as its three masts, the Colombian navy’s sailing ship ARC Gloria docked in downtown Miami Sunday for a four-day visit.

Thousands of Colombians braved the heat and muggy weather, plus pushing, shoving, rains and not too far-off lightning, to tour the training vessel at the Museum Park’s pier.

Read Juan O. Tamayo’s Miami Herald article here:

http://hrld.us/1myjObe

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