10 March 1999
Mere days after Colombia was finally re-certified by the US for its efforts against the drugs trade, and after high profile and amicable meetings between the Presidents of the two countries, Colombian guerrillas from the FARC murdered three Americans working as environmental and cultural researchers with the U'wa Indians in a remote corner of this battle-scarred country, and the strong words began all over again. Back in the world's bad books! For as long as these kind of events continue to occur, (and personally I do not see it ever changing), the country will always be a social pariah and an economic basket case (although maybe not to the extent of Ecuador, which is currently in the throes of yet another financial, political and social emergency).
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Other than that I am hard-pressed to come up with anything much to report. Our move from Colombia to Canada is now a fact, probably around the end of May 1999, and we have been applying ourselves to some of the myriad and oh-so-tedious considerations which go with it, and with which I will most certainly not bore you good people.
Bearing in mind that I now hope to actually earn a little money from it some time in the future, I have spent much of my spare time recently in honing my web-building skills, and exploring and experimenting with various ideas I have. I have had so many problems with both of the free web-site hosts I have been using, that I am also seriously considering actually paying for the privilege (it would also be useful for when I set up in business), although the thought rankles a little.
Elena, once again, had a great time with her cousins (now 10 and 8 years old),
All in all, it was a successful, but not what you would call exhilarating, holiday.