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  • Day2


    January 16 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    We visited Medellin today, specifically Comuna 13, which is an area of Medellin where people live. There are small winding roads and there are lots of people. In the past, Medellin was one of the most dangerous cities in the world, with a man called Pablo Escobar who was a cocaine drug lord and monopolised the cocaine trade with America in the 80s and 90s. He was the wealthiest criminal in history—dying with a net worth of 30 Billion USD which is 59 Billion USD in today’s money. Back them, Pablo used to hire kids as young as 6 years old to work for him, most ended up dying. The average life expectancy was about 18 years old due to all the shootings between the gangs that lived in Comuna 13. Most people would have friends that they will never see again because they were shot or mysteriously “disappeared”.

    We visited a museum which was about the crime of the city and Pablo Escobar. There was a room with lots if pictures of families together and then the pictures went black and white, and the person still in colour was victimised by gangs or Escobar. This made me realise that anyone can be affected , no matter how “normal” or “innocent” you may seem.

    There is a small playground in Comuna 13 and whoever built it wanted people to not forget their inner child, because children’s fights last a very short time, and they wanted the fighting to stop between the gangs.

    Over the years, this city of Medellin has had a huge transformation from the most violent city in the world to being a city of hiphop! The 4 stages of hiphop are : Music, Graffiti, Break Dancing and Rap!! Despite all terrible things this town has witnessed, they still manage to be happy and move on and not dwell in the past, no matter how hard that can be. Art and music have definitely hada big impact on how the city has transformed.
    One of our guides was a hip-hop artist and we got the chance to watch a break dance by his group. We also got the chance to do graffiti!!
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  • Day15


    January 29 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Omg Mompox is so hot 🥵! It was 37°C yesterday and we did a filigree workshop outdoors! If that didn’t give me heatstroke I don’t know what will! The filigree workshop was 2 hours long and we made part of a flower! It was so cool! Mompox is famous for having lots of handmade filigree items as it used to be the town that minted the coins. So the goldsmiths with silverwork skills are still here. In the workshop I learnt that the silversmiths take a lot of pride in their work. When my mum asked if a particularly complex piece was made by machine, they were rather offended.

    I didn’t understand that such intricate pieces could be made my hand, but in the workshop they showed us how silver is beat to be paper thin, then twirled and hammered to make beautiful shapes. Silver dust is then sprinkled and then heated and melted to hold the whole piece together.

    As I leave Mompox, I reflect on what a historical little town that was. And how all the people were so happy and unusually friendly...
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  • Day18

    Colourful Cartagena

    February 1 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Cartagena has so many colourful buildings and fabulous architecture. Every single building is unique. There are huge old walls surrounding the city to stop pirates from sealing the gold from Cartagena! The streets are like a cobbled maze with every colour everywhere you look. It’s not just the exterior of the houses and shops but the insides too. The doors are wide open and all the artefacts have vibrant colours catching your eye wherever you go.

    I will remember Cartagena for its heat, horse drawn carriages, the stunning sunsets every evening, the loud music in the evenings and the really fun place we had pizza whilst waiting for our laundry 😂
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  • Day177

    Here we are, Colombia!

    March 2 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    A long boat trip came to an end this morning when we arrived in Cartagena. After another 4 hours from the anchoring spot, we passed the fort of Bocachica, saw the highrises and the marina of the city. We had a final breakfast on the boat (hamburgers), before inspecting our luggage for any damages due to the water. Our panniers were dry as well as one of the big bags. The second one got completely soaked - but luckily there were no electronics in it. Michl's iPhone did not survive a swim in the salt water though. The captain took him to his favourite technician later to replace it with a new one.
    However, we left the boat and went to immigration. This was pretty easy. We handed all our passports to a lady at the marina, she had them stamped somewhere and came back later to return them to us.
    We then went to our AirBnB, took a desperately needed shower, dried some wet stuff and gave a package of dirty cloths to the laundry service. Then we headed off to find a bike for Michl, so he can join us during the next few days. We checked some bikeshop just to see what's on the market, but didn't buy anything yet.
    Afterwards, we walked along the beach towards the historical center. It's interesting how quickly the environment can change here - from a slum-like road to pricey highrise apartments within one block. There's lots of streetart around all parts of the city. And the historical center is quite beautiful. Surrounded by a stone wall, many colonial style buildings, very colourful and lively, bars, restaurants... We really liked it.
    At 7pm, we met the boat crew at a pizza place to have dinner together. Nice to see everyone again after a shower and in clean cloths. But as we were all pretty exhausted from the cruise, we called it an early night and said goodbye to everyone.
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  • Day178

    All about bikes

    March 3 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Today was dedicated to prepare for the road again. Firstly, we found a decent bike for Michl, so he can properly join our CYCLING trip. Secondly, Herbert did some maintenance on the bikes. The tyres got damaged quite a bit on the boat, so it was perfect timing that Michl had brought the new ones from Germany.
    In the evening, we decided to head to the historical centre again to discover more of this lively city. After a short stroll, we met Amanda and spontaneously went into a bar for some beers. What a fun night full of chatting and laughing!
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  • Day183

    1/2 year out and about

    March 8 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 35 °C

    6 months ago, we borded our plane to Vancouver. Half a year and thousands of experiences later, we are in Colombia - hard to believe.
    Today, we had a bit of a sleep in. We wanted to take Michl to the bus which wouldn't leave before 12:30, so we had some time.
    First, we explored this amazingly beautiful little town. In the morning, the light was great for photos and it was only 30°C, so still fresh for the conditions here. We also bought a hammock in a local market (not a touristy one) which we Michl is taking to Germany for us. In the market, they had a green parrot. As we see heaps of them here, but can't see them on our photos due as they "hide" in the green trees, we took the photo in the supermarket. We spent the rest of the morning in our AirBnB and I gave some hints to our hosts how to improve his website. Also, Tatiana who bought Michl's bike came by to pay some more of her debts. In the end, she still missed to pay some 15$ which she couldn't organize from anyone within a day. But there weren't really many options to sell the bike to anyone else.
    By noon, we went to the bus station and said goodbye to Michl. Great to have friends who come to the other side of the world and share a part of your lifetime experience with you!
    Herbert and me then took of to cycle to Guamal where we wanted to stay for the night. It was only about 33km away, but in the midday heat a bit of a fight. Plus, the road turned first into a gravel road with many potholes and then even into a sand road, which didn't make cycling any easier. Luckily, there was no traffic so we could ziczac around the potholes which was faster than some trucks could go.
    In Guamal, there was nothing. So after a cold sugary soda and a cake (celebrating 6 months out and about), we decided to continue to El Banco. We feared a sandy bumpy road, but luckily, they had just built a perfectly smooth new road after 4km. So cycling in the heat with a continuous headwind in our face was tough, but doable on the flat delta area of Magdalena River. A young boy with his brother on the bike raced us for a while which was a fun distraction.
    In El Banco, we stayed in the first hotel we could find and cooked dinner in the room before going to bed early.
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  • Day185

    Heat battle continued

    March 10 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    As a farewell, Delwin gave us a couple of bags, medals and bocadillo (a sweet made of guayaba which gives you energy). Then we headed to San Alberto. The route was uneventful, mainly flat with one bigger hill to climb. We saw the first real mountains of Colombia and lots of interesting animal road signs.
    Again, it was really hot, even though it was overcast all day. This made it really exhausting to cycle. When we arrived in San Alberto, we were happy to find a hotel with airconditioning. We decided to explore the town a little. As we were hungry amd thirsty, we bought fresh cold orange juice from a street vendor, some bred and cake from a bakery and a dinner of soup and meat with rice, pasta, yuka, platano, salad and sugar cane juice (way too sweet for us). The dinner was really tasty and huge and only cost 1.60€. It's actually cheaper than cooking. Finally, we went to a refill station of water gallons to ask if they can also refill our water bottles. They did it and didn't want any money for it as our 6litres are pretty much nothing for them. Nice people all around!
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  • Day189

    Extended stay in Colombia

    March 14 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    When we woke up at 6am, there was no running water. As this has happened before, we decided to sleep a little longer as waiting usually solves the problem. And indeed, at 7:30am, the water was back on.
    We had breakfast and started our cycling day by pushing the bikes out of Aratoca because the roads were too steep to ride. Back on the main road, we could get back on the bicycles, and continue our trip to San Gil. It was a nice and easy ride with some climbing at the beginning but a great and long downhill into the town. The scenery was cool as well and we heard the crazily loud noise of grasshoppers most of the time.
    We only cycled about 30km today as we are taking it slowly at the moment. Due to the Coronavirus, South American countries are closing their borders to foreigners. So we figured we may as well take our time to see more of Colombia. Our visa does not expire until end of May and there's heaps to see and bike here.
    In San Gil, we checked into a hostal. Here, we also heard the expected news that Ecuador will close its borders tonight, Peru on Monday. So I guess we'll really have some more time to explore this diverse country.
    The town seems to be a backpackers' mekka, you can do all adrenaline stuff such as rafting, bungee jumping, paragliding, caving, canyoning... We just went for a walk around the town with its crazily steep roads, checked out a view point and the central square, did some chores and cooked dinner at the hostal.
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  • Day190


    March 15 in Colombia ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    The advantage of taking it slowly due to an uncertain situation is that we have more time to explore. So today, we cycled to Barichara, a village North of San Gil. The road was paved with few traffic, so we could enjoy the 500m climb followed by a 400m downhill through the mountains, passing some really nice farm houses.
    In Barichara, we could leave our bikes at the sister hostal of our hostal in San Gil. This enabled us to walk around the village - far better than on bikes as some roads were steep and there were cobblestones everywhere.
    All houses were painted in white, which looked really beautiful. We saw the central square, the church, a chapel, the rock art park with some sculptures and the impressive cemetery. As Barichara is famous for its rock artists, most of the gravestone include a piece of art such as angels but also a football, hats, books or even a guitar.
    As it was quite hot, we decided to take a local bus to Guane. It's a little further North of Barichara, only 8km but 500m lower in elevation. Here we tried Sabajón, a drink of whisky mixed with milk, and the local icecream. The museum was closed during lunch hours, so we skipped it.
    While we were waiting for the bus back to Barichara, there was a public announcement through loudspeakers on the main square. They were going to close the museum to protect the village from tourists bringing in Corona. He is generally right, of course, but as the major of the village repeated this about 20 times, it was a weird feeling sitting there as an obvious tourist with locals staring at you.
    Luckily, the bus arrived 5 minutes later, we went back to Barichara and rode back to San Gil from there. Grocery shopping, dinner at the hostel and route planning for tomorrow before going to sleep.
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  • Day193

    Daytrip in the mountains

    March 18 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Next day of Covid-19 prevention: we started with smoothies for breakfast to fill up our vitamines. Then we headed took another remote road out of the city. This time, our destination was Mogotes. It started with a 600m elevation gain before we had a curvy rolling stretch.
    Shortly before Mogotes we passed a health control. They took our data and asked about any symptoms. As we don't show any and would return back to San Gil, we had no problems passing. In the village, we enjoyed some yummy empanadas before going back home.
    In general, we see more and more people with face masks. I'm tempted to ask them if they are all sick, but don't want to risk getting in trouble 😏
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