922788_462730853921081_3346718090180231822_nWe cruised Bogotá this morning and early afternoon via bicycle, one of my favorite ways to see a new city.

Our guide was a local whose family fled to Venezuela during Colombia’s violent years (family members were killed by the guerrillas). He recently returned to escape the chaos in Venezuela. (He had his car jacked twice at gun point within three months… by the police.)

We rode through the nice areas the city and also the gritty, including the barrios where the addicts hang out and the red light district. As we pedaled, we had a long talk about politics, cocaine, guerrillas, natural resource exploitation, and the economy. The takeaway? The average Colombian is the one who suffers most. It’s tough to see such poverty in a country so rich in resources.