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  • Day57

    ¡ Feliz Año Nuevo !

    January 1, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Nous vous souhaitons une belle année ensoleillée ! ☀️

    Pour nous, elle commence de la plus belle des manières sous le soleil de Villavicencio, près de Bogota. Nous sommes chaleureusement accueillis par la famille de Daniel, une connaissance colombienne. C'est donc en immersion totale que nous découvrons les traditions locales et pratiquons notre espagnol. 🇨🇴

    2018 a été une année riche en projets personnels et professionnels : appartement, fiesta des 30+10 ans et maintenant ce voyage de 7 mois au fil d'initiatives solaires.

    Merci à tous de nous avoir accompagné et soutenu dans toutes nos lubies. Comptez sur nous pour continuer dans cette lignée en 2019 !

    Love & happiness x 2019 à tous ! 💛
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    Tom et Mo au soleil

    Notre famille d'adoption ! mais rassurez-vous, l'honneur est sauf, nous avons assuré jusqu'au bout de la nuit ! Notamment grâce à Thomas et sa fameuse choré allemande ! ;) histoire de changer de la salsa, du merengue et du reggaeton...

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    Tom et Mo au soleil

    Soirée crêpes pour remercier nos hôtes ! Succès fou, surtout celles avec de l'arequipe (lait concentré caramélisé ! miam!). La sucre-citron a plu aussi...

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    Tom et Mo au soleil

    Villavicencio est une ville au sud-est de Bogota, derrière la cordillère orientale (au fond sur cette photo). C'est la station "balnéaire" des bogotais. Elle marque le début de la Plaine (El Llano), territoire des cowboys et des asados (barbecues) ! Les vaches ont du souci à se faire… à côté, en zoomant vous pouvez apercevoir des superbes ibis rouges.

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  • Day27

    Puerto López again

    June 9, 2015 in Colombia ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Since I had only spent one day in Puerto López before, I came back for another two days. Today didn't do a lot, we just went to one of the rivers and had a little boat trip with two fishermen. Unfortunately, the fish didn't want to swim into the net. In the afternoon, we built a swimming pool in the backyard. After church this evening (this time I didn't go), some people wanted to evangelize me, i.e. talk about Jesus and how awesome he is - fortunately they had to leave earlier.
    The next day, we went to a close-by dancing school for kids, so I could see Joropo, the typical dance of the region.
    Again I realized that this house is a little different from the others. Not only is it directly next to the church of Damaris' parents, but also it is open all day, so the people in town come around to talk, greet or just sit in the living room for a while.
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  • Day26

    The party continues

    June 8, 2015 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    After a shower the day “started“ directly with lunch at the finca (=farm) of Daniela's family, which is on a little mountain. Since it rained heavily, we didn't stay there for long, but went back to the house to catch up on some sleep.
    In the afternoon, we went again to the hotel. In the big group of almost 25 people we had a bonfire and later went all to the pool, where we also started the next morning.
    This day - equal as many days in Colombia -was all about food: first we had a colombian breakfast (caldo, arepa, torta de plátano, pan) at the hotel and in the afternoon Vanessa, a flatmate from my second semester in Monterrey, invited us for lunch. First we had Ajíaco (a soup of potatoes and corn, served with chicken, rice, avocado and banana - I know, those Colombians are crazy) at her place, then we went to get grandma's, because she had prepared rice arepas.
    We ended the day on top of the same mountain as the day before. From up there you have a nice view and can drink aguapanela con queso (if you order it without cheese, you can shock every Colombian). Besides, there is a famous monument called piedra de amor (= stone of love).
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  • Day25

    Villavicencio

    June 7, 2015 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Yesterday after breakfast, Damaris and I went together to Villavicencio, the town where she studies. Besides, here a living two friends of mine: Daniela, my flatmate from the first semester in Mexico, and Vanessa, the one from the second one. Damaris had to meet up with some classmates (and later went back to Puerto López), while I went with Daniela for lunch.
    Afterwards, I left my stuff in Daniela's house and we waited for some friends to pick us up, because we wanted to go to a swimming pool at a hotel. But obviously nothing here works according to “german time“: they guys had problems with their car, so it took them eternal to arrive, plus they drove a wrong way, for which it took another hour from the house to the hotel. When we finally arrived, it was already getting dark (remember: sunset in Colombia is at 6pm all year) and we just relaxed there a bit, drinking aguardiente (the typical colombian licuor). Besides two other girls, all of them were on a weekend trip from Bogotá, most of them guys (which ment we paid only our taxi home and the entrance for the club).
    Later, we went to the famous nightclub Capachos, which has different floors for electro&vallenato, salsa and one for Mexican music. Even better is, that starting from 2 am they had loads of gratis food outside. Around 4 we went back to the hotel of the guys for the after party. It wasn't as easy as it sounds: we had to climb a barbed wire and many of the girls who wore high heels couldn't walk anymore (I was really lucky I just took my flats), so the guys carried them. Two had to go all the way back, because Daniela lost her keys - but, gentleman like they are, obviously only the guys went in search for them.
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  • Day23

    (Colombian) Christian Church

    June 5, 2015 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Since the bus last night was fairly delayed and consequently none of us slept before 2.30, it took pretty long in the morning for everyone to get up. Therefore, after our really late breakfast we just did a little trip to the central point of Colombia, which is just 10 minutes by motorbike from Damaris' house, and saw where some of the boats stop on the rivers. Since right now it's wet season, you can't even see where the river is supposed to be - it overflowed its banks everywhere in the surroundings. Even the cattle had to stand inside the water.
    Damaris' parents both are pastors at an Christian church, so in the evening everyone went to "culto" (=worship). I didn't want to be rude, so I went with them. Besides, I was curious about the differences between Christian (a type of protestant) and Catholic church.
    At first it seemed pretty much like a mixture of poetry slam and a concert, only with religious texts. Apparently it was important to be the loudest and most passionate of all, using a facial expression of suffering, while the other people where in a kind of global hypnosis. Up to this moment I only thought “well, it's still not my thing, but they seem to like it“. But after around one hour came the turning point, when the guy at the front started to shout even more an half of the people had a mental breakdown, crying, lying on the floor, not able to do anything else but screaming. It was one of the worst things ever, and I still wander why anyone should go to such a service.
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  • Jan8

    Senderos en Charco Azul

    January 8 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Una de las actividades, que se recomienda hacer en compañia de los guias, es recorrer algunos caminos de la finca de Charco Azul. Hay uno que lleva al campamento de la guerrilla, en donde despues de un recorrido de 30 min a 1 hora dependiendo de la agilidad del grupo. se llega a una zona en donde se encuentra la escenificación de un dormitorio guerrillero. Se ven camas, algunas ropas, fogones, utensilios, entre otras cosas, en donde se termina el camino, aunque a decir verdad parecen como colocadas a propósito en forma decorativa, esto porque la zona estuvo mucho tiempo considerada el fortín de la guerrilla de las FARC. Antes de llegar a dicho campamento, se encuentra una desviación que se tiene que hacer subiendo en donde unos 20 minutos despues se encuentra una especie de balcon y una vista del tobogan natural, que es una zona de erosión de la montaña de roca lisa, y despues se encuentra una pequeña laguna, en medio de un bosque pequeño. Se recomienda, ir con guia o con mucho cuidado, ya que se puede cruzar con alguna serpiente que puede ser venenosa.Read more

  • Jan8

    Charco Azul

    January 8 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Es una finca turística en donde se encuentra una cascada que en temporada de invierno (de Abril a Noviembre) se ve de color azul, y en temporada de verano, de color ocre. La caida de agua desciende en una abertura dentro de la montaña, que crea un paisaje especial, en donde se aprecia una especia de cueva rodeada por abundante vegetación y con una playa de arena, en donde se puede jugar voley. Un sitio muy agradable y tranquilo para nadar y en donde se pueden encontrar comida y servicio de hospedaje. Los lugareños, dicen que no es necesario usar toldillo, ya que no hay mosquitos y que es muy fresco en la noche. Es el punto de inicio y descanso para las actividades de un dia, entre las que se encuentra caminatas, el tubing por el rio Sansa o el disfrute de la playa y la piscina natural de la cascada.Read more

  • Jan8

    Cascada

    January 8 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Desde el lecho del rio Sansa, se sube por un camino para devolverse a la cascada de Charco Azul, pero antes se encuentra, en una corta desviación, esta cascada escondida, en donde se puede bañar y tomarse una bonita foto.Read more

  • Oct17

    Circuito de las 7 Cascadas

    October 17, 2021 in Colombia ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    Cerca al Muncipio de La Uribe se puede hacer un recorrido llamado de las 7 Cascadas, que involucra senderismo más actividades de deporte extremo. El recorrido se puede hacer entre dos a tres horas, dependiendo de la agilidad del grupo. Caminando se llega a una finca en donde se encuentra un sendero que conduce a la Cueva del Mohan, no sin antes divisar una hermosa postal del pueblo y del cañon del rio Duda. Detrás de una gruta en roca, se esconde una cascada de agua templada, en donde a pesar de ser un espacio pequeño, tiene una profundidad de 10 metros.
    Se recorre otro camino para empezar a hacer torrentismo por un rio de aguas cristalinas que pasa cerca y que se encuentra encañonado por formaciones rocosas. Hay una pasos en donde hay que saltar para continuar el descenso del rió o tirarse por un tobogan de roca natural, para finalizar en la cascada mayor, de una altura de 25 metros, en donde se puede descender en modo rapel o en canopy. Si no se desea esta opción, es posible bajar caminando por un sendero.
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  • Oct16

    Viaje a La Uribe

    October 16, 2021 in Colombia ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    El viaje a La Uribe, comienza en el municipio de Mesetas, en un recorrido en via destapada que se encuentra en arreglo y construcción en sus 50kms y que en camperos acondicionados con pasajeros y carga, toma alrededor de 2 horas y media, deteniendose para comer algo en el sitio de Jardín de Peñas. Para la Uribe se puede tomar carro de Cootransariari desde Granada o Mesetas, en ruta directa ó quedarse en el cruce a la Julia (a 15km) [Foto # 5] de la Uribe si no hay más opción.Read more

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