Borderlands, La Frontera
Trip Start Nov 24, 2007
49Trip End May 15, 2008
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Obviously I am alive and well....
Continuing on past the border I stopped briefly in the ramshackled border town of Ipiales to visit the remarkable Las Lajas Sanctuary which was well worth the visit and which IŽll let the pictures to the talking. As history goes, sometime in the mid-18th century an image of the Virgin Mary appeared on a massive outcropping above the river and so a chapel and then later the church of today were both built. It was definitely candy for the eyes... Now I am in Pasto.
So far, I am impressed. First off, now that I have my bearings dialed in on how much certain things cost here I've realized that I wasn't ripped off once the first day - bus, taxi or food. That is quite impressive beings how it was a boarder crossing. I also must have been looking pretty grizzly (unshaven and hadn't showered) because two sweet old Colombian women bought me a brown paper bag full of cut up tri-tip steak, a plastic bag full of juice (yep that's how they do it here) and a guanabana jelly treat. What nice ladies...and a good first few days.