Start of the Andes
Trip Start Dec 12, 2007
39Trip End Ongoing
We exited the bus station to bump into Andy, the Czech guy on a months vacation. We bordered some strangers 4WD that offered us accomodation, but once we saw it, we definitely wanted to head else where, so she drive us to the other hostels that were pretty much small houses diveded up in small rooms for travelers such as myself. We paid the lady 10,000 Bolivares for taking us and checked into the Posada Paty. The door ways were really low and narrow, in the middle section the roof disapeared letting the morning sunlight shine through
After settling in and chatting to a few people, Andy, Jess, Matty and I went out to discover the town. We already had loved what we had seen. The town has a couple of universities here, so lots of young people and lots of cars that come with it unfortunately, which line the narrow streets like crazy. Merida stretches narrowly in the shadow of the mountains rising up beside it to a peak of 5,100m. Venezuela's highest mountain. Merida itself only sits at approx 1,300m. However we are thinking of taking the worlds longest and highest cable car systems tomorrow, where we can hit 4,800m for our first view of the Andes mountain range. The streets are divided up in grid like patter, unlike most other latin cities and towns that normally have streets that go in any direction. The buildings here are colourful and the streets are clean. We discovered an Ice Cream place that is in the guiness book of records for the most flavours. It wasnt open but we will return later to sample the Cervaza (Beer) flavoured Ice Cream, haha!
Here the police are not corrupt like in Caracas and walking around was no issue. Everywhere I went, I found myself constantly gazing up at the mountains, that shadow the city until the sun rises far up enough to shed light over the place. We did food shopping after a while of walking around and bought things for desayuno and dinner. Its so good having a kitchen we can use again! The last month, we have had nothing but fruit, chicken and rice, which is the typical caribbean meal. Spaghetti bolagnase tonight though - but unfortunately wont be as good as mums!
In the night, Matty, Jess, some Danish guy and myself headed back to get some Ice cream, they had the wierdest flavours you could imagine! Hundreds to name, but we had a variety of things... Cerveza, Rum, Sangria, Sambucca, Cheese, Shrimp (yep, you heard right), liquor de Coco, Jurrasic park (?) and red wine. The shrimp flavour was so disgusting!!! Who ever thought of mixing fish with ice cream?? Was funny thought because the Danish bloke had that, and he had a cold so couldnt taste it, so he ate the entire thing! haha! We retired though to bed after a glass of red that Jess (the overbearing vegetarian, wine conesuer) picked out.
5.45am hit and the alarm bell sounded
Lunch produced its ever so loving hour! Jess being an extreme vegitarian cant even look at us eating meat, so she left and matty and myself dug into some ham and a chocolate donut
Friday night, Carnival starts for a week. Everywhere in South America this week is celebrated and bullfighting is everywhere. Im not particulary fond of it, as I disagree with putting the bulls through such agony. Alot of anti bullfighting art is everwhere on the street. Looking forward to some of La Fiesta's!!!