Hotel Casa Grande Paipa
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... fires started at the blockades. It was only later that the Doctor emerged from watching German news in his room to tell us that it had been tear gas, dropped on the city from a height in an attempt to diffuse the farmers that had been gathering at the blockade.
So, as to our experience, for the first week/week and a half, Robbie and I were largely unaffected by the strike. It was inconvenient, yes and very frustrating as it meant that we were unable to leave ...
After being in cities over the last week, Villa de Leyva was such a beautiful small town to come to before travelling further up north of Colombia. It is a place described as posh (cachacos) which usually descends in crowds at the weekend and is peaceful during the week. We managed to catch the end of the party at the weekend, arriving around 8pm on a Sunday night. Once we sorted out a bed we wandered ...
... having a rough idea where you are going.
2. Having a rough map
3. Getting slightly lost, but still mostly knowing where you are going.
4. Taking a "shortcut" through a farmer's field, asking directions from farmer.
5. going with great friends who sing the theme song form Indiana Jones as you scramble your way through ravines etc.
6. coming to your destination.
7. having it be totally spectacular.
We ended up in a ...
... From there the next stop was the colorful town of Raquira. Raquira was different from Chiquinquira in that it seemed to thrive on tourism with it's seemingly never-ending rows of souvenir shops (mostly all the same type of trinkets repeatedly in every shop.) What Raquira is know for though is their clay work, with many stores selling all kinds of pots and other clayware. From what I could tell the other thing the town prided itself on was tackiness, and the town plaza reflects that ...
... are groups or couples it's made it much easier for me get out and see the place. On the first night we just milled around the town and grabbed a pizza in the town square. It's a lovely place, looks quite picture postcard and is such a difference from Bogota - quiet, easy going, safe and in very beautiful surroundings.
On the following morning I met a couple at the hostel (Mandy and René) who we hung out with at various parts of the day, I'm already used to ...