Trip Start Jul 06, 2005
31Trip End Mar 10, 2006
To the beach!
Tell me we didn´t learn to be self-sufficient on our ojungle trek, we made 2 days money last five, and lived largely off off of coconuts and their milk, harvested from near the beach and pried open with an old hand-juicer abandoned at one of the beaches (pics above)!
Basically the days went something like swim, sun, rest, coconut, repeat
Anyway, somewhere along the way a couple of very severely scratche dmosquito bites have degenerated into some sort of raging foot infection, to the point I couldn´t walk n it yesterday - felt like a severe sprain, pretty much out of nowhere over the course of a couple hours. A lot better today, but can´t walk much on it, seems to be healing on its own at any rate.
Smugglers R Us
Just to add to the excitement, after hiking two hours out from the beaches through the coastal jungle to reach the road, we flagged down the first bus through. No problem, they´ll drop us off near town and we´re on our way - until we hit customs (which is miles in from the border as it´s the first region the government actually has much control). We have managed to get on a bus full of sneaky Venezuelan smugglers! Hard core operations, tons of illicit....corn flour....and cases of illegal.....beer.
Funnier yet, while customs is ripping the entire bus apart (keep in mind we only jumped n for a 45 minute ride, that happened to go through customs), the crew sends some kid working on the bus off down the road, carrying gallons of smuggled Venezuelan gasoline, cases of beer, and bags of corn flower
Off to Bogota this afternoon for a week or so, then headed to Medellin (again) to see some friends and watch our new hometeam, Nacional kick some butt. Came to Colombia for three weeks, stayed for two months! Serious refiguring to do on the rest of the itinerary me thinks...
Hasta la proxima,