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... talking to her because she knows the Burlington, Vt area a bit. I also showed photos of and bragged about Vermont to all the people around the hostel. Vermont should start paying me for the amount I talk it up. Everyone has this somewhat negative image of the USA, and most of their reasons are valid, but I always tell them to put all of that aside when thinking of Vermont because it really is like a different country as far as lifestyle, culture and people ...
Leticia, Colombia and Tabatinga, Brazil are pretty much one city. You can walk from one to the other without realizing you switched countries and without any border patrol. However, if you want to go anywhere else in Colombia, you need to go to the police station in Tabatinga so they can stamp your passport, allowing you to officially leave Brazil and enter Colombia. If you are caught in other Colombian cities without this stamp you will be in trouble. Since I had a flight to catch ...
... and learned a little more about the film festival that was happening.
After a power nap (I was out hard), we walked back over to the old town, looking for a restaurant Dad liked. On the way, outside the ramparts, Dad met an Argentinean couple here on holiday. The guy was a professional photographer and taught Dad a few tricks to be better with his camera. They were headed out the coast the same way we came, we thrilled her when we told her about magical Palomino, I bet ...
... well busking in this artsy hipster city, leaving us with kilos of coins to spend. And in such a cool area there was no shortage of stuff to spend a little coin on. First we hit the museums. There was the Botero museum, home to a huge collection of paintings and sculptures by Colombia's best known artist, Fernando Botero. Botero depicts all of his subjects as totally obese in order to create irony or criticism. The museum also housed works by a number of other artists, including Dali ...
... game to play along and hey, it worked!
We also took the opportunity to try a bunch of very different Columbian fruits. The range is amazing. We aren't even sure yet how to eat everything, but we'll figure it out. Worst case we make juice -- there is a huge fresh juice culture here and it is delicious.
As you readers know, we currently know exactly one person in Bogota, a city of roughly 8 million: Nestor, our driver from the first night. So, who ...