Estelar En Alto Prado Hotel
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Friday 1st February - Day 158
It was in Banos that we first heard about the carnival that would be taking place in Colombia over our penultimate weekend in South America. It was too good an opportunity to miss so we set about finding some accommodation for the big event. The carnival is so big in fact that it has been named the 2nd biggest in the world, behind Rio, but fortunately for us this carnival doesn't require you to have tons of money. ...
... in these warm countries of Central America is so much more relaxed than our US-speed of living. It's Lilli, my Spanish teacher, who has taught me not only Spanish, but the facts-of Barranquilla life.
If we think "breath" is an new concept; these Colombians live-it and talk about it as casually as we talk about the weather. When not understanding, irritated or confused, when things ...
Not quite a week yet and I've got a Spanish life!!! Well, not a REAL life. Some of you'd just laugh ---- I don't cook; I don't clean. My breakfast is served to me. I don't work and I only have to get up for school --- and then my teacher (Lilli) comes to my house, usually at 8 AM.
And in addition to living a life of catered-days at this point, my Hostess and Host (Nuri and Peter) are VERY protective of me!! They want to know when ...
... 160;similar to a neighborhood block party. We were a little confused at first, but it ended up being such a great night. There was a DJ, dancing, cold beers and some great homemade soup that I tried. We were pretty much the guests of honor and it made us laugh. Everyone was so friendly and wanted to take pictures with us because we obviously stood out. And throughout the weekend, Joe had a lot of locals approaching him to ask for pictures of him because of his ...
... House of the Carnival in English. I ask in very broken Spanish for information about the carnival and we go back and forth for ten minutes or so not understanding each other. In desperation the man keeps asking people hurrying past, 'you speak English, don't you?'. Finally a lady comes to the rescue and speaks with an American English accent and she is explaining everything now to me. She also happens to come from the next place I'm going to, Taganga, and ...