While known mostly
for its violence and infamous drug lords like Pablo Escobar, Colombia
is also widely described as a beautiful, friendly country with vibrant
music and dramatic scenery. Grammy winners Juanes and Shakira are both
from Colombia. Cartagena, also known as "Cartagena de Indias"
- is one of the oldest cities in the Western hemisphere - scene of the
famous sacking by English pirate Sir
Francis Drake in 1586. In the days before violence plagued the country,
Cartagena was a popular beachside tourist destination. For more pictures
& a travel account, click
here. For history of Cartagena, click
here. For more on drug trafficking in Colombia, click
Spanish Phrases for
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Getting to know
somebody: conocer a alguien
¿cómo se llama Ud.?
¿de donde es Ud.?
¿cómo está Ud.?
¿cómo le va ?
¿que pasa ?
¡nos vemos !
my name is
whats your name?
I am from
I live in
where are you from?
how are you?
how is it going?
I am fine
be seein you!
see you later
see you soon
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