Does My Bum Look Big In This?
Trip Start Nov 02, 2011
130Trip End May 31, 2012
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We found Julie moments later, a very happy reunion! It was quite late so we decided to head out to Crepes&Waffles for dinner, and took a new friend Daniel along with us. The next morning we investigated Cali, armed with a map and directions as to where to walk and where not to go, where to walk confidently and try to fit in! We found Cali's gold museum, appropriately housed in the bank. Apart from have Cali doesn’t have much to offer by day, it’s more about the nightlife. For dinner we headed to the big glossy shopping mall, Chipichapi. This mall is known as "plastico fantastico" for one reason, the artificially enhanced beautiful people that shop there. We’re talking boobs AND bums! Julie and I couldn’t stop staring, the boys were embarrassed!
That night we (along with Daniel) headed out to Siboney, a most amusing salsa club! We arrived and were directed to a letterbox in the wall to provide payment, then we were searched and James was only just allowed in because he was wearing shorts, shock horror! This club had a great dance floor, lovely layout, brilliant DJ, but it was essentially a couples place, no swapping partners, and no decent dancing either. Again, Julie and I had a great time spotting the gigantic butts and boobs. The later you stayed the bigger they got! Again, the boys were most embarrassed by us. We had already decided to head south the next day and return to Cali on Thursday for a supposedly better salsa club (only open Thurs to Sat).
The next morning after a leisurely breakfast and pack, we walked to the bus station and caught the next bus to Popayan, centre of the Semana Santa festivities the following week. The bus was really bouncy and we met some nice locals on board. We arrived in Popayan to a rainstorm and headed for a posh hotel, Hotel los Balcones. We booked a night and then followed the guidebook to a rated restaurant as we were all starving. In the restaurant we ordered as many local dishes as possible, including lullado to drink, empanadas with peanut sauce, a cheesey soup and asado. It was a really lovely meal. We had a good look around the town, which is beautiful, and I bought an umbrella (after months of James’ moaning at me to get one) – I also lost it about 3 days later L After that we did some more walking, Julie and I had a double of aquadiente (yuck!) and then went to Iguana, a bar rumoured to play salsa. We were happy to discover a 10-piece salsa band having a practice session and stayed to listen, coupled with mojitos, and then tequila shots (my idea, whoops)! James nearly carried Julie and I back to the hotel where we struggled to get the key in Julie’s door, and then retired to unconsciousness.
Next morning, some more looking around Popayan and then we caught a bus to Silvia, a little town nearby with ncie views and people in traditional dress, for the men this means a blanket as a long skirt. We had a traditional lunch and went for a really nice walk. Then we caught the bus out and joined up with the main Popayan to Cali bus. The journey was long but on returning to Cali we knew we had to go out dancing as we were heading north the next day. A bunch of us left in a taxi for Tin Tin Deo, this was a different story to the previous club. Lots of cali-style dancing but cross-body salsa too, good music and crowded, absolutely no plastico fantastico this time! We were exhausted so didn’t stay more than a few hours, and then headed out to the taxi rank. This turned out to be a most amusing ride as yet again the driver didn’t know where we were going! At one point James pointed out we were the wrong way on a one-way street but it turned out okay, the four of us together found the hostel.
Next day, the bus station again but this time northward bound to Salento and the Plantation House Hostel.