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I decided to make the overland journey from Caracas to Cartagena instead of flying to save a bunch of money. Probably the right decision to make. But definitely shouldn't have bothered to split the journey at Maracaibo to get some rest. On the return leg, we just took the direct bus and endured the 23-hour journey which was not that bad. There …
... to I didnīt say we had bananas in England. We bought what they call banana 500 which is what we would call a banana and some small ones they call them white bananas. We rolled down the windows me trying not to look like a tourist so I wouldnīt get robbed. I couldnīt really take in or enjoy the moment because of that. The seller would run from his stall to the car and back with different bunches for us to inspect and run back to fetch ...
... in my life.. haha.. we FINALLY got to Maracaibo around 10:30pm or so... over 7 hours instead of the 3.5 or 4 hours people say it takes.
Then.... I took a taxi which left me at the wrong place, and had to take another one that finally left me at my friend Luis's house... and here I am! :)
longest travel day eeeever... pretty physically, mentally, and emotionally draining.
... in the road.
We stopped for gas just outside Maracaibo. We needed about 3 gallons. The service man filled up our tank and after a few short words with Camilo we took off....without paying. I was a bit surprised, so I tapped Camilo on the shoulder to ask what was wrong, as I really wasn't comfortable with not paying. He laughed and said, "nothing, it was free, gratis del Caribe! First time I've ever gotten free gas!" ...
... the border at Colombia involved no checking of luggage, they only want to see your passport (driving through the border they asked to see the Colombians passports about 11-12 times but never ours, we had the safety of being gringas.) There are two posts at the border one for salir out of Colombia and one for entrar to Venezuala, at both there were queues of people who had queued for about 5 hours to get a stamp. The Colombians in our taxi said the best way was to give ...
Had to stay here because Hotel Jolie lost our reservation. It's old and our room had a stale cigarette smell to it. The pasta I had from the restaurant on the second floor tasted like it was a re-heated boxed dinner meal from the supermarket. Tiny cockroaches in the toilet. Best to avoid this hotel. The only reason I'm giving this 2 stars is because the reception staff were OK to deal with. We only got to see the reception area of Hotel Jolie (also 3-star rated) , but it looks 10X nicer and cleaner.
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