For two weeks in the summer of 2006, I went to Cali, Colombia. From my visit there, I discovered that it is nothing like the United States. My first night there, it was warm, and there seemed to be a celebration going on not too far from my family’s home. There were drums and lights; it was something that would be out of the ordinary in the U.S. The first night went by quickly. The next morning we went to explore Cali. The scenery in Cali, Colombia was beautiful. There is a mountain where there stands a giant statue of Jesus, and on the same mountain are three crosses. As I saw the downside to South America, I took note of the possible reason that the cross and Jesus stood upon that mountain.
My family was among the people in Cali that could afford to travel by car. In the streets of the United States, you are likely to hit a person if they didn’t cross the street properly. In Cali, Colombia, you are likely to hit a person because they are deliberately jumping in front of your car. The poverty level in Colombia is amazing. On my trip, I saw little children, some as young as 5, jumping in front of cars, begging for money using the pockets of their worn out shorts to hold any change they are given. Just like we have flea markets here where you can buy jewelry, they also had this in Cali. The difference was that all the jewelry was made of any cheap material found. Having gold and silver on the streets of Cali make you a walking target for people willing to do anything for a few dollars. What also surprised me about Cali were the bars on houses. Everywhere you go homes are entirely closed off with metal bars to prevent thieves from entering homes.
With so many poor people, and so much crime, I see why military men with guns surround the city and why Jesus stands upon the mountain giving some hope to the people of the country who wish for their world to get better.
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