Colombia.... Ipiales - Cali - Medallin - Cartagena
Trip Start Sep 26, 2007
18Trip End Ongoing
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So I crossed the border, again, at this stage nearly being on a first name basis with the Colombian border patrol, started at a border town called Ipiales. Now I wanted to stop here because I heard that there was this cool church built into a canyon down here, so I stopped off for a gander
Medellin was once the most dangerous city in the world, and the place out of where Pablo Escobar ran his drug cartel. But it has since cleaned up its act and has a pile of culture to offer and one who stops in. About an hours drive from Medallin, there's a little colonial town called Santa Fe de Antioquia, Id heard that it was a nice place, so I wandered out there and checked it out. I rented a bike and cycled around for myself for the afternoon. In the evening, I went to check out some arty stuff by the same artist as Bogota, Botero, which was really cool. So all in all I had a jam packed day of touristy stuff, before jumping on the night bus to Cartegena to meet Feeley.
Cartegena is a old port town, with all the strong sea walls still in tack surrounding the old part of the city
After a weekish, we had enough of Romantic Cartegena, and we flew from Cartegena to Panama city, mad to get back in the water surfing again.
There was alot of talks before I left about how dangerous Colombia is,
but besides the fact that there are currently 3000 hostages being held for various reasons, and that I nearly was afraid to leave the hostel at times in Bogota for Christmas, I think on the whole it isn't bad, once you mind yourself. I remember poor Lena Ni Mhurichu in Pilz being afraid of me being forced to be a drug runner, and even afterwards Monnie Cliffe saying "I was glad to see you out of there..", But it is a fantastic country, I wish I could have gone and done more, gone into the wilderness a bit, maybe seen some football games, but it didnīt work out.