Few countries ball as hard as Colombia, just ask the United States Secret Service. Whether kicking it with beautiful women or shooting aguardiente, those dudes couldn't resist Colombian charm, succumbing to Cartagena's nightlife and potentially jeopardizing national security along the way.
But who cares? Even though it may have cost several officers their job and/or reputation, it freed them up just in time to celebrate Colombia's independence at Doral's favorite nightclub, La Covacha.
Though historically plagued by internal violence and political strife, Colombia is very much a free country. In 1821, Simón Bolívar became the country's first president after the Congress of Cucuta adopted Colombia's constitution.
At the time, the country was huge, encompassing present-day Venezuela and Ecuador. It was South America's first constitutional government. However, the Republic of Colombia only lasted a few years before civil war broke out.
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Fueled by territorial grievances, Venezuela and Quito seceded, dramatically reducing the nation's size. And since then, it's been plagued by feuding political parties, hyperviolent drug cartels, and egregious human rights violations.
But shit's on the up-and-up in Colombia, especially its musical stars. Like J-Balvin, one of the country's hottest reggaeton acts. Or the boys in Golpe a Golpe, who paint such a warm image of Medellín, even a narco-terrorist's heart would melt.
Celebrando la Independencia de Colombia. With Golpe a Golpe, J-Balvin, Nova y Jory, Kris y Jowy, and others. Saturday, July 7, 10:30 p.m., La Covacha, 10730 NW 25th ST, Doral. Tickets cost $30 to $50 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 18 and up. Call 305-594-3717 or visit lacovacha.com.