. this is truly a beautiful city. trees and parks and fantastic buildings. spend the day checking out the city and went out that night. danced and danced and danced until almost six a.m. it was impossible to take a minute to catch our breath there were so many invitations to dance. but really cool. and the people in cali can DANCE. like nothing i´ve seen before. all of them it seems. the next day headed down to popayan. this is one of the most romantic cities i have seen. all whitewashed and colonial with cobbled streets and arched stone bridges. and the hostel was in this really cool old mansion with an open courtyard in the middle and the rooms surrounding it. all hardwood and tile. and cheap. between the great weather, beautiful cities, beautiful and friendly people, it is really easy to forget that there is real danger there.
so, we had a little break from classes and decided to check out Colombia. and no, i did not get robbed, raped, pillaged, held at gunpoint, see any guerillas or do coke. so you can all breath again now. what i did do was have a KICKASS experience for the all too brief time that i had. ended up traveling with a chick from classes. that was cool. busted out of quito Thursday afternoon and made it to the border at midnight; which, contrary to lonely planet, is NOT open 24 hrs. so we stayed in tulcan and crossed the next morning. since we had that little delay we decided to spend the afternoon in pasto, two hours from the border. cute, cute, cute little town. and the colombians are truly some of the friendliest people i have met in my time abroad. it is really cool. so to kill time until the night bus to cali walked around, ate cuy (probably not a repeat experience, but hey, gotta try it) and played sapo and drank aguardientes with some of the local good ole boys. quite fun. caught the bus at eleven and woke up in cali