Jul 27, 2004
Dec 13, 2006
I headed north to Malaga which is a small colonial town in the mountains. After arriving late on Saturday night I spent a quiet day there on Sunday. In the main square they had a stage set up with dancers and singers and everybody was enjoying their one day off in the week. Outside the huge church (nearly all the churches are far too big for the towns here...) there was a food market and I tried some of the delacacies including emanaditas for breakfast and lechon (stuffed pig) for lunch. The following day I took a slow windy journey through the mountains to Pamplona, a similar town but colder as it is higher in the mountains. There are lots of students here studying at a couple of the big universities and it gave the town a livelier feel than Malaga. Some of the students were quite friendly although none spoke more than a couple of words of English.. despite this I managed to spend about 4 hours drinking with them and managing to communicate either with my bad spanish or a dictionary! The next day I again joined a few of the students to climb up to 'El Cristo Rey' - the huge figure of christ which 'watches over' the town from the mountain above. Great views of the town and lots of local children staring at the strange gringo! From Pamplona and the cold I decided to head to the coast and took a 16hour overnight bus North to Taganga, a small village outside of Santa Marta. Good memories of here as this was where me and Mandy spent Xmas 2004. It is my birthday on Sunday so hopefully I can have another good time here....