So far Colombia is turning out to be pretty normal, and way more advanced than most of the countries I have visited so far. The infrastructure (roads, water, electricity, basura collection etc.) are as good as any, better than most. Based on the (mis)information that is repeated about Colombia, I was not sure what to expect. Obviously there were problems here once, but it seems they are now in the past. The military police are everywhere, they are well equipped and look very professional. They are not a threatening presence, they are just there. People do seem to be more careful though, but nobody is waving guns around like the rent-a-cops in Centro America.