Taganga, Parque Tayrona, Ciudad Perdida, Medellin, Bogota
03/03/2008 - 27/03/2008 19 °C
Sorry for the lack of blogging recently.....
here's a little update....but its been a while and we've been a lot of places so i'll just do the highlights, to save my fingers and your eyes.
at the end of the last blog we were in taganga. Ian did the lost city trek (Ciudad Perdida), which was apparently awesome, took five days, sleeping in hammocks, trekking, meeting locals and military, and of course seeing the lost city (like a mini machu picchu).
meanwhile i stayed in taganga, visited Parque Nacional Tayrona for a day which was beautifu, did a bit of hiking then sat on the beach. rest of the time i mooched about, laid in hammocks, enjoyed the sun etc.
from there to Medellin - lovely city, bit rainy tho and not too warm. still, we had fun - went to a football match, went out drinking, had two barbeques courtesy of the argentinean and israeli chefs who were staying in our hostel! great hostel, great people, great time.
from there to Bogota, the capital. arrived early morning, freezing cold, weren't quite sure what to make of it. the first couple of days it just rained and rained, we had to shopping to buy me some jeans and a jumper because it was freezing and wet. we knew we would be in bogota for a week at least because we had to get ian a new passport - his was stolen in a bus station on the way to Medellin. luckily the people at the embassy were very nice and helpful.....they didnt laugh too much when ian forgot his passport pictures, and told us where to go to get new ones done...unfortunately he had hat hair, so had to go into a restaurant toilet to sort it out...where he nearly got beaten up by a rather large lady....
anyway we got the photos, got the passport, and went to get it stamped at the DAS office. only the DAS couldnt find any record on the computer of him entering the country. 2 hours later the guy decided that he would give ian the stamp because it was closing time and he wanted to go home - even tho there was no proof. ian then broke the door on the way out, at which point we ran away before they tried to deport us...
so, Bogota - in the end turned out to be a great city. once the weather cleared up, it stopped raining and even warmed up a bit during daytime, we started looking around the city some more and found that it was a great place. we stayed in La Candelaria, the oldest bit of the city which has a lot of university students - it has lots of tiny winding streets, little bohemian cafes tucked away everywhere with roaring open fires and candles and floor cushions (health and safety nightmare obviously, but soo cosy on a cold night). i went a little mad on buying earrings - the quality of handicrafts, jewellery etc is so much higher there than i have seen for a long time, i just couldnt help myself!
we went up to the top of the hill on the cable car for views across the city, and saw a little bit of the international theatre festiival which was on all month there. we went to see 'Fallen Angels', a french aerial circus in the bullring which was fantastic - trapeze artists, juggling, somersaulting, feathers everywhere, flying bicycles, fire breathing, you name it!
erm what else in bogota.....new friends, old friends, flea markets, craft markets, lots of rum, Margarita limon crisps (like walkers but better) bad pizza, great paella and crepes, ice cream, fruit juices galore (everywhere in colombia), bendy buses, furnicular railway, Museo nacional, mummies, strange sculptures of dead people on roofs....anything and everything!
Basically we loved Bogota, and Colombia in general!
right thats enough for one blog, will continue a different one for the next places!