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... 8230; I arrived at the hostel in Santa Marta at 3am and squeezed myself into a dorm with three Danish girls. In the morning I explored Santa Marta, talked to surfers, told some Venezuela stories to scared backpackers and then took a little local bus to Taganga to get back to some diving. After over a month in the cheapest country in the world, I was shocked by the prices in Colombia. Everything just seemed so overpriced compared to the struggling ...
... the time being directed from the car which bunch to select all the time keeping one eye on the countdown timer on the traffic lights. We bought enough bananas to last the whole week, we drank banana, ate it and froze it we bought so much and that was with all of us eating about 3 a day and drinking it as well. I think we must have bought about 50 bananas on that journey.
We went for a days walk in the center. We tried the local drink ...
... bribes are handed over to speed the journey up. they check everyones passport EVERY time, threaten to go through the luggage until some cash is slipped to them and we're off again. It's unapologetic corruption. One soldier has us on the curb and is about to rifle through my bag; he asks whose bag it is,
Me - "Es mio"
Him - "Irlandais, do you speak English?"
Me - "Si"
Him - "how are ...
... t believe him at first, Free gas, that doesn't happen. We learned quickly that gas in Venezuela is extremely cheap, cheaper than water and beer. Apparently we didn't have enough change to pay....equivalent to about 10 cents $USD. We will enjoy this while it lasts, as we were paying about $5 per gallon in Colombia, and its going to be a bit more in Brazil.
The Venezuela presidential elections are only 2 weeks away,and ...
... houses I feel too much of a voyeur to be taking close-up pictures. Inquiring about their main resources, I am answered fishing and contraband traffic with Colombia (mainly petrol). Seeing nobody fishing during the 2 hours on the lagoon I expect the latter to be the main "industry". When the overpaid mini-tour comes to an end I am glad not to spend the night on the lagoon. Without a boat I would trapped in my little posada on ...