Trip Start Jul 06, 2005
Trip End Mar 10, 2006

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Just a quick update to throw in some pictures to make the sane amongst you insanely jealous. Spent the last four days lounging at a largely deserted Colombian Carribean beach. Of course, we only planned on going for one or two days, and hence only brought food and money for that long....

To the beach!

Tell me we didnīt 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. We switched it up on day three by hiking a couple of hours into the jungle to see another ancient city, this one not quite so lost due to its proximity to the ocean. It would have been one of the ones found by the Spaniards and cut off from trade with the interior, leading to the abandonment eventually of Ciudad Perdida.

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 couldnīt 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 canīt 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, theyīll drop us off near town and weīre on our way - until we hit customs (which is miles in from the border as itīs 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. In several trips they managed to stash a few armloads of stuff down the road for later pick-up. Even the other passengers were hiding stuff in their bags, sitting on boxes and all in all conspiring to save as much of the stuff as possible. They hid a case of beer under our seat, and as a tax for not telling the authorities we decided to help ourselves to a can each. Seemed like a great idea until as weīre getting off the bus the first thing they do is head in to check on their beer...RUN!!! Too funny, as weīre shoulder checking to see if the bus stops while beelining it for the nearest transport out of there. Pics of said well earned beer to be seen above.

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,

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