Episode #2: Pueblo & Campo

Take a trip with us deep into the heart of Huila department in the southern lowlands of Colombia. We visit the small town of Garzón, where Lina’s father’s family hails from, and traditional country/campo life is still very much alive. We talk about witches, visit churches, and reflect on what it means to come from a small community like Garzón, as compared to living in the capital city of Bogotá.

► Garzón: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garz%C3%B3n,_Huila

We also visit the large dam/reservoir complex of El Quimbo, a massive artificial lake second only to Hidroituango (another dam) in volume and hydroelectricity produced. ~80% of Colombia’s electricity comes from hydropower, making it one of the most sustainable energy countries in the world, so much so that the country is thinking about exporting power!

► El Quimbo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Quimbo_Dam
► Ituango: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ituango_Dam

We’ll enjoy some traditional food prepared in the family finca and talk about what farms and country houses are typically like in Colombia. You’ll also see a children’s birthday party and how different (or similar) it might be to kid’s parties in the U.S., for instance. And did you know that more coffee is produced in Huila than any other department in Colombia?

► Coffee in Colombia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_production_in_Colombia
► About Huila Coffee: https://www.perfectdailygrind.com/2018/03/coffee-buyers-guide-huila-colombia/

Finally we will visit the colonial village of La Jagua, one of the first Spanish colonial towns in the Americas (more than 500 years old!), and famous for the witches that supposedly reside there. Superstition and belief in magic and witches is very much alive in the countryside of Colombia, for good or ill, and it adds a touch of magic to people’s lives that is otherwise missing from modern city life.

► La Jagua (Spanish only): https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Jagua_(Huila)