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In north america to promote my first book

Moving to the country
Salento, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Moving to the country

Salento, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Zona Cafetera
Salento, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Zona Cafetera

Salento, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Traveler’s Fungus
Cheap Motel in Armenia, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Traveler’s Fungus

Cheap Motel in Armenia, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Glue Process
Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Glue Process

Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Clases
Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Clases

Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

The old and the homeless
Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

The old and the homeless

Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

The young and the stylish
El Poblado - Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

The young and the stylish

El Poblado - Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Los Desplazados
Medellin isn’t necessarily poor, it claims to be Colombia’s most progressive city, but for this reason the poor, the displaced, and the homeless all swarm to Medellin.
The streets are full of families from the south that lost their homes due to ongoing guerrilla warfare and widespread fumigation to eradicate coca plantations. The war forces them to pick sides and the fumigation spoils their soil so most residents just pack up and leave. Some to Ecuador, others to the north.
Colombia has an estimated 4-5 million internal refugees. Second only to Sudan.
And the effects are obvious in cities like Medellin.
Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Los Desplazados

Medellin isn’t necessarily poor, it claims to be Colombia’s most progressive city, but for this reason the poor, the displaced, and the homeless all swarm to Medellin.

The streets are full of families from the south that lost their homes due to ongoing guerrilla warfare and widespread fumigation to eradicate coca plantations. The war forces them to pick sides and the fumigation spoils their soil so most residents just pack up and leave. Some to Ecuador, others to the north.

Colombia has an estimated 4-5 million internal refugees. Second only to Sudan.

And the effects are obvious in cities like Medellin.

Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

One Foot
Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

One Foot

Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Hand Gestures
Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Hand Gestures

Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Medellin Girls
In most conversations, at one point or another, local men would tell me I’d find Colombia’s best women in Medellin.
When I got there, I mostly found men dressed as women.
Ania and I spent our first few nights in a red light district motel. Sure, there were half-naked tranny’s at the doorway and junkies in the hallways, but the room cost $5 a night and the Italian owners seemed to keep business under control.As much as they could, of course.There was a fight in the front one afternoon. Ania and I were next door buying moldy carrots when it happened. A tranny in a bath towel came running out the door with a long piece of wood in her hand. She chased a black woman across the street and threw the piece of wood at her, but missed badly.The black woman started yelling, picked up the piece of wood and threw back at the tranny, but missed badly. And then the tranny tried throwing the piece of wood again.But missed badly.Eventually, the black woman started crying and the tranny went back inside. I asked around to know what happened and street vendor answered: “She didn’t want to pay.”This happened in daylight. At night, Medellin’s red light district was one catastrophe of humanity after another. Drugs, sex and vomit. The most extreme poverty Ania and I had confronted during our journey. We made the mistake of going out for bread one night and never did it again. The rest of our red light district evenings were spent in the hotel room watching Colombian television, second-rate action movies and Saturday Night Fever.John Travolta in spandex. Colombian men with butt implants. It all fit together.
Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Medellin Girls

In most conversations, at one point or another, local men would tell me I’d find Colombia’s best women in Medellin.

When I got there, I mostly found men dressed as women.

Ania and I spent our first few nights in a red light district motel. Sure, there were half-naked tranny’s at the doorway and junkies in the hallways, but the room cost $5 a night and the Italian owners seemed to keep business under control.

As much as they could, of course.

There was a fight in the front one afternoon. Ania and I were next door buying moldy carrots when it happened. A tranny in a bath towel came running out the door with a long piece of wood in her hand. She chased a black woman across the street and threw the piece of wood at her, but missed badly.

The black woman started yelling, picked up the piece of wood and threw back at the tranny, but missed badly. And then the tranny tried throwing the piece of wood again.

But missed badly.

Eventually, the black woman started crying and the tranny went back inside. I asked around to know what happened and street vendor answered: “She didn’t want to pay.”

This happened in daylight. At night, Medellin’s red light district was one catastrophe of humanity after another. Drugs, sex and vomit. The most extreme poverty Ania and I had confronted during our journey.

We made the mistake of going out for bread one night and never did it again. The rest of our red light district evenings were spent in the hotel room watching Colombian television, second-rate action movies and Saturday Night Fever.

John Travolta in spandex. Colombian men with butt implants. It all fit together.

Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Street Scene II
Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Street Scene II

Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

El Viejito
Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

El Viejito

Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Starting Early
Young hookers in central Medellin.
Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Starting Early

Young hookers in central Medellin.

Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Death of Pablo Escobar by Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero is Colombia’s most popular modern painter and sculptor. His work usually includes fat, or “voluminous” as he likes to say, characters, animals and objects. Botero’s sculptures are found throughout Medellin, his hometown, and are on display in museums around the world.
Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012

Death of Pablo Escobar by Fernando Botero

Fernando Botero is Colombia’s most popular modern painter and sculptor. His work usually includes fat, or “voluminous” as he likes to say, characters, animals and objects. Botero’s sculptures are found throughout Medellin, his hometown, and are on display in museums around the world.

Medellin, Colombia - © Diego Cupolo 2012