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American Boys Have a Romp in Cartagena: So What Else Is New?

cartagena342-sm72A few years ago, I ignored the travel advisories from the US government and relatives back in Ohio and took an adventure vacation to Colombia. Traveling with friends and family, our trip included a stays in BogotaCartagena,Playa Blanca, andBucaramunga.

Our days in sunny, historic Cartagena–the seaside hometown of author Gabriel Garcia Marquez— were the most memorable. We stayed in the old town area of Cartagena– not touristy Boca Grande, where American high-rise hotels line the beach. In our sightseeing around Cartagena, we saw gorgeous Spanish colonial churches, quaint restaurants, exciting dance clubs, beautiful sandy beaches, and street markets full of people, produce, fish, flowers, and any other retail product you could want.

Another fascinating street-based commercial activity that we witnessed in Caragena was the entertainment of US servicemen. Our second-sotry hotel looked down on a somewhat seedy nightclub (at left) which had a pulsing dance beat and a steady stream of Colombian women and US sailors coming and going. As we drank Chilean wine from a box, we watched the show from our balcony. Some of the women would sit outside with the doorman, while others waited inside. Groups of 5-6 US servicemen in street clothes would arrive with a Colombia guide, talk with the doorman, and then disappear into the club. Conveniently located near by was a cash machine. How do we know these white guys with crew cuts were American sailors? We saw the battleship in the harbor (below).

This week’s news includes a brouhaha about a group of American military men and Secret Servicemen enjoying the hospitality of Colombian women in Cartagena.

Except for the fact that these guys were supposed to be the advance team for President Obama… what else is new? Is this the first time men working for the US government have enjoyed the services of hookers in other countries– or in this country?

The current flap reminds me of a story from one of our more colorful Cartagena cab drivers. He said with a wink and a smile that when President Clinton came to Boca Grande, he got everything he wanted– “Boca Grande and boca chica.”

Originally published on Blog for Arizona on April 18, 2012.


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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela Powers Hannley

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals--not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election. My platform focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

My Tucson Progressive blog and Facebook page feature large doses of liberal ideas, local, state, and national politics, and random bits of humor. I also blog at Blog for Arizona and the Huffington Post.

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