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Travel Blogs from Merida
... tons of raptors – several varieties of hawks, eagles, vultures.
Took a different route back to Merida, this time through coffee plantations, to a coffee hacienda (unfortunately closed so no samples!).
Also went to a sugar cane processing place – very rustic – had to fight the wasps for a sample – really well caramelised into panela, blocks of raw sugar. Process ...
... we had to squeeze 4 of us into the back seat of the car - a bit too close for comfort!
Getting back, I relaxed before a late dinner at the hostel (specially prepared for the group as everything was closed for the elections). It was well worth the wait, spaghetti bolognese & garlic bread with a side of salad.
2 helpings later I headed back to bed & wrapped myself into a blanket to sleep - much cooler up ...
... and mountains, just as impressive on the way down. The ever-present Chavez, rust-coloured cattle on the side of the road, speed-bumps, Indian farm-hands leaning on rusty trucks and picking their noses in their straw hats, trees with soft, draping fronds umbrella the roads and I realise something - I'm in Venezuela.
More photos can be found on:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomascolli nsphotography/sets/72157631771111965/ ...
... br> Even better, when taxi rates to the border seemed rather high, the guy I exchanged money with was nice enough to point us to the place where we could catch the much cheaper local bus. Half an hour later, we arrived at the actual border and after a quick stop for a cup of tea, we proceeded towards the Colombian immigration. Getting our exit stamp was quick and before we knew it, we were walking across the bridge that separates two of the most notorious countries in South ...
... br> -scuba dive
-not having a car
-don’t like family disputes, may need solo times sometimes
-language for Peggy (need to speak in English when planning)
-see the World
-get along with my girlfriend, which means some solo time
Goals (Note: these may change after more thought)