My Colombian Death, Matthew Thompson

· Wednesday August 27, 2008

Lets get one thing straight. Matt Thompson has big cojones. Not because he travelled solo to Colombia and did everything the guidebook says you shouldn't and made it back. But because he left everything he knew and a few things he probably shouldn't have. Wife, newborn child, secure employment and the cosy comfort of Australian society are no match for Thompson's insatiable appetite to be thrown in with the sharks.

**Thompson proves that a brutal civil war, the high probability of being kidnapped and jumping in a bull ring that makes Pamplona's running of the bulls look like an afternoon stroll is just the tonic for getting out of a rut. Pure cocaine could play a part too, either way, he's living on the edge of the world and his mind.

Sometimes we just need to step away from the middle and live a little.