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Colombia Day 11 – Bogota

Colombia Day 11 – Bogota

Woke late and caught the bus to Central Bogota. I was determined to give it another go. It was bright and sunny, and everything seemed to look a lot nicer, a lot less threatening today. I was used to the pace of the city now, the smells, the noises, and the look of the people. […]

Colombia Day 10 – Bogota

Colombia Day 10 – Bogota

I learnt there was a bull-fighting bout today, as we were still in the bull-fighting season which runs from January to February. Today was a special day – a couple of famous Spanish matadors had been invited, and it promised to be an interesting spectacle. It was going to be packed, but I was determined […]

Colombia Day 9 – Bogota

Colombia Day 9 – Bogota

A gray, cold morning greeted us. We decided to escape the city and go on a day trip to Zipaquira, 50km north of Bogota, a small historic town famous for its salt mines, and especially the Salt Cathedral carved out of, well, salt, interestingly. The hotel helped us hire a taxi for the day, and […]

Colombia Day 8 – Bogota

Colombia Day 8 – Bogota

Vero and I arrived on different flights to Bogota, the capital of Colombia. I’d been looking forward to Bogota. I’d always fancied living there, until I actually got there. Dreary, drizzly, damp Bogota seemed the very antithesis of everything you imagine South America to be. Where was the colour, the vibrance, the flair, the lust […]

Colombia Day 7 – Cartagena

Colombia Day 7 – Cartagena

I was hesitant to say the least. It didn’t seem like a sensible thing to do, not on the crater lip of a volcano anyway. I was being egged on my a gang of Colombians and a Venezuelan. And so I jumped into the crater feet first, not entirely sure what to expect, but knowing […]

Colombia Day 6 – Cartagena

Colombia Day 6 – Cartagena

We boarded a packed ferry early in the morning from the Cartagena docks. The rum was already flowing, and the boat was packed with Colombian tourists, there was music, singing, dancing, eating, drinking….it was gonna be a fun trip to Isla del Rosario, an archipelago of 27 coral islands, and the famous Playa Blanca on […]

Colombia Day 5 – Cartagena

Colombia Day 5 – Cartagena

I awoke to the sound of bicycle bells, horses clip-clopping down the narrow streets, the shouts and whistles of street vendors and the general commotion of the Old City coming to life, which meant I had to come to life as well. I didn’t mind – I didn’t want to waste time in bed in […]

Colombia Day 4 – Cartagena

Colombia Day 4 – Cartagena

An early start, as I’d promised myself. Breakfast on the terrace in the hotel. Lovely. Out into a gorgeous Caribbean day and into the enthralling and immaculately preserved colonial town, where I took my time to wander around at a languid pace. It’s a bustling place in the day, not quite holding the charm of […]

Colombia Day 3 – Medellin / Cartagena

Colombia Day 3 – Medellin / Cartagena

The day before I had arranged to meet a Colombian friend of mine’s brother for lunch but he texted me saying he couldn’t make it– I suspected a hangover as they had had a big house party the night before. Instead, he sent his best friend to meet me, Oscar. Oscar met me at the […]

Colombia Day 2 – Medellin

Colombia Day 2 – Medellin

Went to the crowded bus station. Buses bound for Rio, Caracas, Asuncion, Santiago, Buenos Aires, all exotic, slightly dangerous places I’d only dared to dream about visiting up until last year. Even having visited them all now, their names on buses bound there still send a spark of excitement through my body. But today I […]

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