Still Being Impressed

Trip Start Oct 10, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

The impending variety of Colombia excites me. Already I have seen one of the most beautiful cities of the trip in the colonial Cartagena, and now one of the most beautfiul beaches, even rivalling the classic San Blas islands. And I´ve only scratched the surface of what Colombia has to offer. I covered a third of the country on an overnight bus yesterday from the Caribbean and the landscape changed drastically. As dawn broke the Andes suddenly appeared, like pimples on prom night. Great rocky bluffs sheared mountain vegetation as I peered down into the river snaking far below.

The rest of my time here will be spend carving around moutain roads, constantly adjusting to the temperature changes as I vault up and down the Northern Andean chain. The drivers here are the most loco I´ve encountered, and I´ve seen some nut jobs along the way. Despite the signs every 25 meters warning of ´dangerous roads´ and ´high collision´ areas, the bus drivers pass on the tighest of turns. The double yellow line never hashes, but it doesn´t dissuade these guys. Head on encounters are frequent but so far someone has always managed to squeeze back into his lane.

As much as I try to resist comparing places to others I´ve been, after six months of travel this becomes rather futile. The vibrancy and hospitality of the people in Colombia reminds me of Mexico and I´m happy to have that back. The food leaves something to be desired, especially breakfast. Colombians have mastered the deep fryer, some of the more interesting ones: eggs, muffins, fried chicken - all deep fried. For those who know my breakfast routines you could see how this would be a slight adjustment for me! 

But Colombia is a fantastic country with a ton to offer and I plan on discovering much of it.
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