Bourdain is in Colombia’s FARC country, where automatic weapons are a reality of decades-long guerilla war. He just posted this pic.
I get that he’s a long way from Newton but it’s not be the right moment. (The part that “glorifies” it, Bourdain, is posing with them like they’re characters at Disney World.)
Speaking of FARC, on one of our last nights in Bogota, I asked my friends if they knew of anyone who had been directly affected by the violence that continues to rage in the countryside.
I was nervous to ask. I didn’t want to presume or offend, as I suspect that Colombians may be sick of Americans assuming they live in the extremely dangerous world of the ’80s and ’90s — when so much has changed.
Immediately they said yes. They both have cousins who have been abducted in the past five years or so. They were returned for a ransom.
I honestly didn’t know what to say.