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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 ...
... using the trusty ZAR at the moment, accommodation in the States was costing us +-$150 a night for a private double room, which at this booming conversion rate is roughly R1200 a night. In mighty Colombia, your budget, which is of course a backpacking budget, can be $50 a day for everything. Food, drink and accomm. Breath of fresh air. Although it must be said that we are not taking up residency in the local Marriott, our accommodation has been perfect for the ...
... 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 ...
... on Sunday strolls, old men hanging out at cafes, beggars and packs of stray dogs. Apparently there was some sort of musical connection to the town as every souvenir shop sold guitars...almost all "toys" that wouldn't even hold a tune. (Believe me, I checked.) The scene here was more an insight into how much of this continent lives than a place where you want to look around much, and like most of these small provincial towns the church is the hub of town activity, especially on a ...
... the experience now...
The hostel here is good, they do some tours and it's set a mile out of the town in a secluded spot, a bit of hike back up the hill from the town but I'm getting used to wheasing with the altitude and any level of excursion..
On arrival at the hotel I met Lisa, a fellow traveller from London whoŽd also just arrived from Bogota. SheŽs been travelling for 4 months already and had some good stories and advice. As most other ...