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Alfonso Alfonso | 12:39 UK time, Monday, 1 August 2011

My name is Alfonso from Colombia. I have been living in Barranquilla from 1976 when I came over from Pereira, an attractive and charming city located in the middle of the mountains of my country, and well known to be part of the coffee growers´ region.

Alfonso Potes

Married with Monica and father of two girls, both married and living in USA. The former one hold a Graphic Design and Advertisement major degree and the latter is a RN Nurse, both with a dinky marriage so no grandchildren yet. I was working the last 39 years as a Mechanical Engineer but know I´m enjoying my retirement in Barranquilla after lived in USA my last eleven years. I´m happy to be part of the BBC Le students and I hope you will find my writing interesting.
All the best!



  • Comment number 1.

    Hello Alfonso,
    i like your blog and i wish you happy because you head back to your country and i hope you having at the near future beauty grandchildren and i like your country because i like mountains
    thank you for sharing us info about you

  • Comment number 2.

    Hi Alfonzo , Nice to meet you and welcome to BBC LE . Hope to know more about your country and your daily life . Have a fruitful month with all around the world BBC Fan !
    Pary from Iran

  • Comment number 3.

    Hello Alfonso and all,

    I'm Ali from casablanca, Morocco. I'm really interested in South America 's culture with which I unfortunately have only a little acqaintance. I hope you'll provide us with cultural specificities of Colombia and also of the neighbourhood. I'm also looking forward to learning a lot from your personal experience in life.

    All the best

  • Comment number 4.

    Hi Monalizzamoon11,Pary ,Ali and everyone.......
    I consider your comments an honor to me.Thanks!
    To Monnaliza:Yes ..I´m happy to be back to my country....but my heart still in USA were my daughters are living...
    To Pary:I´m working on it...so I hope to share with all the students in my next entries ...lots of Colombia!
    To Ali:I will hope to improve -through my entries and friendship-your acquaintance about my country.....should be interesting.
    I hope everyone will find my writings interestings.
    All the best!

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi Alfonzo. It's nice to have a student blog from South America. We're almost neighbour. I'm from Brazil, exactly in the midle of Brazil, Minas Gerais State, and here we have big plantations of coffee, and the best is from south of my state. I'd like to know very much about Colombia its people and culture. Best regards,
    Sônia from Brazil

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi Sonia,
    Nice to hear from you.I always read your comments about the differents blogs and you make me happy just to take a few minutes of your time and made one about my entry.Thanks a lot.And yes, we are neighbors and share the same growers´coffee roots.Hope ,with my entries, you will improve your acquaintance on my country.
    All the best,

  • Comment number 7.

    Hi alfonzo, I'm from indonesia ,nice to meet you and my expectation I can find new frends from other country. sir. alfonso in my country also have coffee it kind arabika from toraja

  • Comment number 8.

    Hello, Alfonso!
    Very pleased to know you!It is very nice to meet people from all around the world!I will read with very great interest your entries. So wish you good luck and much inspirations for your postings!


    Stela from Albania

  • Comment number 9.

    Hi Hajir and Stela,
    Hajir:I was living in USA and I had some friends from Indonesia.Your food is really off the chain.You may count with my friendship in this country as well.Ours countries,Indonesia and Colombia, have been sharing strong coffe grower´s roots.By the way the first coffee plantation that growed in my country was with "Arabiga" coffee´ seeds.
    Stela:Awesome!From Albania...we are really far away but caused by the world is flat we are really close..thanks for your message and for read my entries.I did my best.I´m pleased to hear from you and I just want to keep the contact and learn more from Albania.You can count with my friendship .
    Thanks again and all the best!

  • Comment number 10.

    You are right, Alfonso, the world seems so small due to internet. Where is Albania and where is Columbia, but there are no borders and distances in internet.:-) Reading the stories of each other we can imaginarly experience same realities. I will gladly share with you and with all interested things about Albania as well.

    All the best,


  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Stela,
    Nice to hear from you and thanks again for your valuables comments.Yes.You are right.The internet,for me, is magic!Can you imagine how far Albania is from Colombia and how, nowadays, I can reach you in a blink?.I´m reading about your country,learning about Albanian´s culture,trying to improve my acquaintance on your country.I was reading a book, that I strongly recomended you to read:The world is flat by Thomas L.Friedman.A brief history of the twenty first century.Friedman has seen his own book in a new way,bringing fresh stories and insights to help us understand the flattening of the world.
    All the best Stela...I hope to hear from you soon!


  • Comment number 12.

    Hi Alfonso,
    your blog it´s very good and I like it. Your writing is very interesting and entertaining.
    I´m student from Czech republic and I´m learning English becaue a wont to go to the USA. Your English it´s very good. How long you learning English? I´m learning English 10 years and I like this language. And also I would like to learn Spanish language, becasue it´s very nice. In literature we learn about Spanish writers and I love it. Do you think you could recommend me some modern Colombian writers. I don´t like Czech writers and theirs books because it´s very boring. I like English writers but I would like to try reading some Spanish books. I´m looking forward to hearing from you. Best regards Natálie.


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