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Torrential rains in Cartagena yesterday morning. Rivers of water about a foot deep flowed through the narrow streets and about an inch of water washed in from the streets onto the floor of the restaurant where I had breakfast. My flight from Cartagena to Cali was delayed by more than 5 hours because of the rain.

National elections are Sunday and as in Guatemala it's very dangerous to be a political candidate here. Candidates and their families are often targeted for assassinations or kidnappings. Read in the paper a couple of days ago that as of then there had been 29 assasinations, 9 kidnappings and 27 other attacks. Other differences I've heard about with elections here are that bars and liquor stores are closed the whole weekend of the elections and buses and many other businesses don't operate on election day. Wonder if that makes it difficult for some to travel to the polling place.

permalink written by  cjones on October 26, 2007 from Cali, Colombia
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