Columbia Continues to Impress
Trip Start Dec 25, 2009
36Trip End Feb 13, 2010
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The Metro is 1500 pesos for all you want to ride in a day. We meet some Columbian women who live in North Carolina. We chat with them but when we tell them how we got here they think we are loco and move away. We get off the very modern and clean Metro and move up a floor to a free Metro that is a 6 person Gondola! It goes up four stations to the top. Locals can use it to reach the top terraces of homes up the hill. As you will see in the pics there are houses everywhere and right on top of each other. At the third station they build a very modern architecture public Library. I think it is smart to build it in the middle of the poverty section
We meet the coach of a soccer team all dressed up for a game who appraoches us with the kids. He wants to give the kids an experience with Gringos. We get on the same Metro car and the fun begins. Jene is the center of attraction as he `steals their nose`` and gets the kids laughing. We exchange names and fist bumps. The car is rocking with laughter and the crowded car is watching the gringos and the kids play. We get some pictures with them and feel very good about reaching across the boarder to these kids.
We get all of the way back to the down town city and walk to the park of San Antonio
We meander through the city killing time till the Fiesta de Torro. We walk safely through places we would probably feel uncomfortable in if in North America. One such place is a street or 6 that has repair of vehicles as its main theme. Work is being done on the street, from heavy equipment to radiator repair. We stop (Rene stops) and talks to people who are happy to give their time for no sale.
The arena is guarded by police of all kinds. There is a team of about 40 special riot police in full gear standing in the sun on the bridge we cross. We ask if they expect problems. No. Good. We get them to pose with us for pictures and joke with them. I find a couple of mounted patrol and when I ask them if I can take their picture, they straighten their uniform and put on their chin straps. They are proud and should be.
We get to the Macerena Bull fighting ring early so just watch the people