The south

Trip Start Apr 13, 2010
Trip End Sep 30, 2010

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Plantation Guest house

Flag of Colombia  , Quindío,
Friday, May 21, 2010

Hello to you all,

Hannah and I now find ourselves in the southern part of Colombia on our way to Ecuador.   We are in a place called Salento, deep in the coffee growing region.  We have been here for the last couple of nights.  Last night we discovered what could quite possibly be one of the strangest games of all time.  Think petanque for real men.   I have included a couple of short clips to demonstrate this game, the idea is to throw a weighted disc into a bank of clay, the aim to embed your disc into a small mound of clay, if you hit the metal ring in the clay mound you get more points, but get this, they put small paper envelopes filled with gun powder on the rings and if you manage to hit the envelope, BANG, up she goes, pretty cool, Hannah I played a much shorter version without much luck.  Check out the two clips of the local pros though and you will get the idea, very funny shit.  Also they play an interesting game of pool here, notice anything with her tables……

Anyway when I last wrote we were heading to Medellin from Sa Gill, where we did some cool white water rafting, our guide was all of 17 but a good guy seemed to know what he was doing.  The bus trip to Medellin was one of those don't want to look out the front window jobs, we must have been pulling 140kmhs on the wrong side of the road a lot, passing everything, in the wet. 

Medellín was a cool city for a couple of night, stayed at a hostel owned by a kiwi guy, we did at day trip out to a massive monolith not far from the city, meet a couple of Colombia girls on the bus on the way out which was good, they acted as our guides for the day, the rock over looked a flooded area (hydro damn) really nice views from the top. 

Medellín seems like a booming place, an ultra modern metro system including two massive cable cars which take you over the poorer areas (always on the side of massive hills, you can see why these places just slide of the face of the earth with heavy rains or get leveled in minor earthquakes) the city also has a far bit of culture, we went to the Antioquia Museum home of art by Fernando Botero Colombia’s most famous artist, paintings and sculptures of fat people.

The night before we left had a big night out with a couple of French guys, crazy traveler types, they spoke Spanish and a little English which was handy.  Gave a bit of shit about the rugby, bloody French, I didn’t mention the Rainbow Worrier, just trying to do my bit for anglo franco relations I guess. 

This brings us to Soluto, we are off on a big walk today, checking out a humming bird sanctuary and the local mountains, hope to be in Ecuador in a couple of days.

Hope all well,

Rich and Han
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Andy on

If having problems with the language you can always pull out the Blackadder quote of "no speako dago". Also in Spanish once you have your numbers, beer, wine, please, room and nights, you're pretty much sorted.

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