1. Hire household help.
2. Get mugged, robbed, scammed, or otherwise made victims of crime.
(Although we knew many people who were.)
3. See drugs or people doing drugs.
(Do street people huffing fumes from paper bags count?)
4. Have a car accident.
(Once again - we certainly saw enough of them!)
5. Get lost or nervous about where we were driving or use a GPS.
(Two qualifications here: we only visited about 40% of Bogota and there were areas we specifically avoided, and while exploring new towns in the countryside, "lost" is only if you know where you need to go and end up elsewhere. We always liked the "surprises" of finding new towns.)
6. Meet or see Shakira, Juanes or Sofia Vergara.
(But I did get a big wave and genuine smile from President Santos while in Cartagena!)
7. Have anyone say anything negative to us for our being Americans.
8. Stop being surprised that the flowers here bloom year-round!
9. Visit half of the amazing places we would have liked to.
(Still on the list: Medellin, Cali, the Zona Cafetera, the islands of San Andres and Providencia and the peaks of Cocuy National Park.)
10. Go salsa dancing.
(Yeah, this is probably a good thing. We're not known for our skills in this area.)
To quote the national tourist motto:
Colombia, el unico riesgo es que te quieras quedar.
Colombia, the only risk is wanting to stay.