Saturday, July 23, 2011

Ask Anderson & Colombia

While Anderson has been out of the office vacationing in Colombia this week, the staff at 'Anderson' has been keeping busy posting new "Ask Anderson" videos ~

Thursday: “Do You Have Any Advice for Aspiring Reporters?”

Friday: “Would You Consider Doing Behind-The-Scenes Filming?”

Hope Mr. Cooper enjoys the rest of his time in Colombia and we look forward to him being back in the anchor chair on AC360. FYI - This week wasn't Anderson's first vacation to Colombia. From the AC360 blog - April 14th, 2008 ~

Anderson's view: A week in Colombia

So I’m back, and yes I actually did take a whole week off. I can't remember the last time I did that. As I’ve said before, I don't relax all that easily and since most of my vacation days are used up shooting stories for 60 Minutes, I rarely take a whole week off. I spent last week in Bogota and Cartagena, Colombia.
Many of you will say to yourselves, "why in the world would anyone go there for vacation?" But the truth is, it's a great place to go. Cartagena is an old colonial city that, even during the worst years of violence in Colombia, was a safe spot. Bogota is a vibrant, chaotic place, that hums with life. It's got great food and music. There are huge problems with violence in Colombia, narco=traffickers and armed groups are still out of control, but the violence is way down, and at no time did I feel unsafe.
Everywhere I went in Colombia, complete strangers, who didn’t recognize me from television, asked me if I was enjoying my trip, and wanted to know if there was anything they could do to make it better. Anyway, it was nice to discover a new place, and I will definitely be going back.

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Anonymous said...

Although Anderson is trying to sugar coat things and make Colombia sound safe and very nice to visit it is not. The U.S. government has issued travel warnings against going to Colombia. They say it is still a very dangerous place to go. Although they have cleaned the place up a lot there is still a huge drug trafficking ring going on there and crime rates are very, very high.

Tourists have been robbed leaving the airport, at the ATM's, in taxis, and even on the hiking trails. Drugging tourists and robbing and/or sexually assaulting them has become a VERY common thing. This is just the tip of the iceburg. There are also a lot of murders happening.

The U.S. gov warns it's citizens not to go there but if you must then they say you should immediately register with the U.S. embassy in Colombia so they know you are there. What you want to bet AC didn't do that? They also say to never accept drinks, food, chewing gum etc. from anyone or leave your drinks or food unattended to avoid being drugged.

Anderson needs to be a little more honest about this. He may thrive in dangerous places but telling people places like Colombia is safe when it is not is wrong. What if someone goes there on his recommendation and is hurt or worse killed? Sugar coating things does nothing to help this.

ACAnderFan said...

I think the talk show is already kind of showing us behind the scenes stuff, with pictures and tweets and the Ask Anderson videos.

I hope he's having a nice time in Colombia.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 8:31pm Anyone who travels knows of the problems facing Colombia. And it's not like you can get in your car and just drive there. It you try to book a ticket (even on-line) the State Department Travel Warning pops up.

I think you can travel there safely, if you take the proper precautions. Let's face it, no place is truly safe. I'm sure the people in Olso didn't expect the terrorist attack yesterday. And the people that sent their kids to camp, didn't expect a madman to come and gun them down.

I've was caught up in a situation while traveling to London and Paris in the mid-80s. I continued my trip, but took the necessary pre-cautions and had a great time.

When there are known issues -- our senses are heightened of what's going on around us and we take more precautions. It's in those situations where we feel completely safe, and let our guard down, that we are often the most vulnerable.

I read Anderson's tweets and previous blog post as telling us his experiences.

At no point has he recommended anyone travel to Colombia; so I think with your little scenario of someone traveling there on his recommendation you are jumping to a conclusion that's just not based in fact.

Again, no place is completely safe. As a traveler, it is up to you to educated yourself on your destination and act accordingly.

I, for one, am happy to know that he has gotten away for a week to a location he seems to be enjoying.

Anonymous said...

3:23 I agree with you. No place is always safe, even our own back yards.

Linita said...

I also agree with you two. No place is safe and who would accept a drink, gum or something else from a stranger. Anonymous,educate yourself. I bet that when you go out of the country if you have a passport you always stay at a resort and that is not enjoying or knowing your destination.

Anonymous said...

Colombia is a wonderful country with the best coffee ,beautiful women and nice people!!

Anonymous said...

Colombia is a wonderful country. If you go to the cities you will be safe: Cartagena, Bogota, Medellin, Cali as exemples are places where nothing wrong will happen. I will say that if you look blue eyed, blonde hair type of person and go to the country and dont speak the lenguage then bad peoplle will notice and you cant bemin trouble.
Im gonna end this comment with what the goverment of that country says: Colombia the only risk you will have is that you will want to stay!