Casa India Catalina
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For years Columbia has been something of a no-go zone for travelers. Between armed-to-the-teeth drug cartels, FARC rebels, corrupt police, heavy-handed military, and right wing paramilitary groups there was the potential for the sort of unplanned adventure that made the relative safety of a stroll through Afghanistan, *****ia, or Scarborough much …
... mix of dozens of indigenous cultures, dozens of African cultures, as well as the Spanish influence. Remarkable!
My final stop was Bogota, which elicits mixed reviews amongst Colombians. With weather & street scapes to make a Melbournian homesick (4 seasons in a day, graffiti, laneways etc etc), the city is set in a vast valley, book-ended at ...
... balcony overlooking the chaos on the street where we had some pizza and beers and filled our stomachs. After dinner we walked around the area full of dressed up Colombians and tourists (it is Saturday!) just because we could and took in all the noise and music before heading back to our own hostel for a few drinks and a great chat with a couple from Brazil. And now I'm distracting myself from figuring out how I'm going to sleep in this heat by updating you all on our adventures in South America thus far ...
... the fact that all the good coffee is exported from Columbia and that the Columbians actually drink the crappier coffee beans which are found in Nescafe a bit funny. At the end of the tour we were given a number of different coffees to try to determine what type of roasting we prefer and for what length of time. They gave us full instructions on how to make a proper cup of coffee using a manual percolator. Since I don`t drink coffee, I took the instructions down to give to ...
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When we arrived at Plaza de la Aduana, we found our way to Hard Rock Cafe - ok, we had to go in and it was a major playoff day, Broncos vs New England and 49'rs vs Seattle. We caught all of the ...