Anthony Bourdain recently visited Colombia. Nothing monumental really, but his post is. Ten things to know about before visiting Columbia is a refreshing read from the typical bland travel reviews.

Bourdain goes on to clear North American and major-media publicized notions of the small Latin-American state, quoted: “Drug culture stereotypes are false and offensive.”

You can read more about Bourdain’s travels in South America and watch video clips from the episodes here.