Resting up before the big hill

Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
Trip End Apr 20, 2013

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Flag of Colombia  , Antioquia,
Sunday, November 4, 2012

Today was mainly spent doing chores. I typed up my notes from our Spanish lessons, so that they were in a better order, and Kory did some work on the bikes. The hotel had a small balcony area, overlooking the street, so we hung out there for a lot of the day.  The hotel lady said that we could help ourselves to her thermos of coffee, which was a kind gesture.  The coffee was the usual strong and quite bitter taste, which was amplified by having no milk to put in to it, regardless of this I put away a few refills.  From the balcony we could see lots of activity in the hotel opposite, which seemed to be being used as a makeshift army barracks.  They spent quite a while loading their truck that was just below our balcony so Kory checked out their guns as they carried them out and I also checked out the Colombian Army! 

We went for lunch and had the meal of the day, which was a soup, with rice and salad, with a drink and an ice-cream.  After having a siesta we went to the same place by the river, and again Ohned was working and came straight over to chat to us.  He really did have the patience of a saint and repeated everything numerous times until we caught on.  Tonight went much better and we seemed to be able to have a somewhat flowing conversation, maybe it was because he realised that he had to really dumb it down for us and we talked about much more basic things.  At one point he pointed to a 5 word beer slogan and laughed his head off as we sat there for ages trying to work out each word one at a time.  I doubt he has too much contact with foreigners and he seemed to be enjoying chatting to us, or maybe he was just trying to get out of doing any work.  As we said goodbye, I asked him for a photo, and he got all shy and timid about it but finally agreed and looked the right way.

We went back to the same street stalls that we went to the previous night and Kory asked for a muy grande hamburguesa and a very big hamburger he got!  It was a proper western style burger, with 2 burgers, bacon, loads of cheese and a little bit of salad, and it actually filled Kory up, which is no mean feat at the moment.  I thought I was opting for the smaller choice of arepa con pollo, however when it arrived I realised that it was also muy grande. It was a like a pizza but with chicken and sausage slices  stacked up on top of it into a pyramid shape and it was more than just filling, I was stuffed!
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