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... in South America as I witness a continent absolutely obsessed with football.The Colombians,men,women and children are all wearing the teams yellow tops and my arrival in Armenia was the day before their first match with Greece on the Saturday.The Government has moved the Presidential election voting day to the Sunday to ensure as many people come out to vote as possible!
The Hacienda is beautiful and the architecture is very different to the Spanish Colonial ...
... and bell towers gathered around a fun main square with food stands touting regional specialities.
We spent what was left of our first day having a walk around, trying some patacones (big flat fried plantain crisp with, for that first one, tomato and spring onion chutney and pineapple relish) in the square, and then chatting to people in our hostel.
The next day we walked for about an hour out to a coffee farm where we got to pick some ...
... and are now wearing what has been termed "ironic" ponchos. They stand out as much as a poncho wearing gringo does.....
So its off to the moto x! We arrive and look for a starters list. This is an international event after all....surely there must be a kiwi to support. But....no starters list....We watch what we think are bikes doing a few warm up laps for about 2 hours. Neither of us being huge fans it gets a bit dull so we decide to go for lunch before the ...
... most are less than 2 hectares, so most farms are family owned businesses. Once the cherries are ready to be picked, they are picked from inside to the outside of the branches. Once the coffee cherry has reached the end of the branch, it will not grow in the same spot again, until the tree is cut back to re-harvest the tree. It can be cut back once, and will once again produce a whole new supply, as if it's a brand new tree.
So once Tim gave us the information about ...
... or not we do like a break, sometimes) and headed off to Salento early the next morning after whipping up some treats for the bus - banana smoothies and scrambled egg baguettes! YUM!
After a very slow 7 hour bus journey hopping from bus to bus we finally got on the last local bus (colectivo) and made the climb up the beautiful winding hillside. We were really excited for Salento not only because its the heart of the coffee region ...
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