Found out from John's Colombian girlfriend that it's really difficult for Colombians to travel outside of the country, well I think she said it's ok around South America, but if you wanted to go further, like to the States or Ireland you need to have $10,000 in your bank account. Our Spanish teacher was also telling us that she doesn't think there is any free speech in Colombia and there are no left leaning newspapers at all.
The police do random searches of people at any time. Once we were in a taxi that was stopped by the police and Brian was taken out and searched. Wasn't that thorough though, seems like its just for show in a way, like the other day I was standing on the street looking around as Brian was searching for something in his bag, and when a policeman saw me looking at him, he immediately stopped and searched the next guy who walked past.