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After having a great time in Medellin with all the amenities we could ask for, we felt ready to head to Colombia's mountainous countryside. We took a 7 hour bus ride to the middle of nowhere, hopped off on the highway and caught a rundown local bus to get to the town of Salento. Situated in Colombia's beautiful coffee district, Salento is a cute little town with local artesian markets and a hilltop square where street vendors serve up trout dishes ...
... it continued to rain hard much of the morning. We headed out to a popular cafe for coffee at 11:00 when the rain let up for a bit. Salento is a popular weekend getaway town for Colombians as far away as Medellin and Bogata and foreign tourists are discovering it. It's small, but has a nice plaza, artisan shops, and a scattering of good restaurants. The houses are somewhat colorful and the scale is small, mostly one story buildings. ...
... girlfriend were planning to travel in the same direction as me--the same cities, too. They were even going to catch a flight that leaves from the same airport on the same day as me. We made plans to meet up again to go camping on the Caribbean coast.
Philipp, Anna, and I ate dinner that night with an Australian guy who has been traveling for many years, taking bar jobs all over the world--including at an Irish bar in Freiburg and a ski lodge ...
... made a pizza in stone igloo oven, and went romping through the forest in search of fresh raspberries. We also took a daytrip to the idigenous town (finally!!!) of Silvia, with one of the most beautifully calm markets I have ever seen---until 12PM rolled around. We bought loads of produce, and ate lunch in a little hut filled with the smell of smoldering sage and ate tamales de pipian.
We had to spend 1 night ...
... this....the owner of the restaurant called his son, of maybe 12 over, to translate the following...
Him: Carne Sopa?
Us: una sopa
Him: carne, papas, ensalada?
Us: si, 2 (holding up two fingers)
Him: limonada or something con leche
Us: limonada, two fingers
Everytime we spoke he would look to the son to see what we had said....seriously we are rubbish at Spanish but Si ...
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