2 things: you know i-j could not go on this trip due to , well, everything.
second - i first visited bz in '93. no one here had ever heard of it. we were so excited. "why would anyone ever want to go there?" people kept asking. well, it was the time of our lives. i remember this lady at the airport on our lay-over told us everyone there were theives, and they would cut off our fingers to steal our wedding bands. warning us up and down. well, were we ever surprised...the locals all over bz were the nicest people ever. we picked up hitchhikers (something i would NEVER do here), drove thru very remote areas, and ate anywhere, and never had one lick of trouble.
go figure. this is why we need to take anything others say with a grain of salt.