Today is a bank holiday Monday in Bogota, Colombia. Which is great for the Rolos (people from Bogota) but not for us Two Scots! We are in Bogota early to sort out our travel cards for Cuba and these Rolos appear to take their holidays seriously, nothing is open! Craig has spent the morning searching for an open travel agent but has had no luck. He has managed to change COP to Euros and Canadian dollars (Helen, your gift came in handy! Thanks) which we have been told to take (avoid American dollars) to change to Cuban currency when we arrive. It’s not like a Monday holiday in the UK where everyone takes the opportunity to drink or shop more than usual! So we may have another three weeks in Colombia as of tomorrow if we cannot get the travel card through Avianca at the airport (Cuban Embassy site says we can buy at the check-inn desk), watch this space! I really hope I don’t have to write in the next Monthly Travel Round Up that we wasted £700. Ouch.
Countries Visited: 1 – Stunning Colombia
Flights: 1 (I wish we had made that two, bus from Armenia to Bogota was horrendous) and 1 wasted (we went to the wrong gate as instructed by Viva Colombia staff, shocking customer service).
Definitely some of the coolest accommodation options so far – a plush hotel in Santa Marta; two eco-lodges (Costeño Beach and Minca); a tent at Tayrona; a ranch just outside Salento and our regular hostel dwellings.
I can’t say I’m going to miss the fried food of Colombia. Even when I request a ‘grilled’ chicken it came coated in grease. I swear if you cut Craig open this month his veins would be swimming in empanada juice! I think four in one day was his record, it was a travel day and to be fair we had skipped dinner.
I enjoyed the return of the carne con papa – meat in a deep fat fried potato. I say in jest.
We’ve consumed a lot of porridge and pasta in hostels and Craig has enjoyed the free highs of the Colombian coffee!
We ended our time in Colombia the way we should have started it – at an electro club in Bogota! I wish that was true. Everything was closed when we arrived. So no electro dancing for us. At the start of our Colombian adventure, we followed the crowd and ended up at a terrible gay club called Theatron. So epic fails on the clubbing front.
A few ron/rum and cokes have been purchased this month and the sangria went down well in the sunshine of Medellin.
Most of the drink has been self-bought contraband from Exito, the slowest shopping experience you’s will ever suffer from.
Too many overnight buses! I have a burning desire to flashpack and not backpack when I think back to those awful times. I can usually sleep anywhere but really struggle on the overnight roller coasters. Don’t get me wrong they are equipped with semi-recline seats and curtains so technically you should be able to sleep.
A flight to Cuba blew our budget obviously! We had to get there before Pizza Hut though so its money well spent….provided they let us in!
I’m still gutted we didn’t get to go on the horse and cart in Cartagena!
And then there was the failed flight to Santa Marta – £75 down the drain.
Total: £303 (not including Cuba flights – £660)
The whole three and a half weeks have felt like a trip! We spent a lot of time in the north-west, using Santa Marta as our base for trips to the beaches.
In Cartagena, we took a bike tour, bathed in mud and got burnt in the crystal blue sea of Playa Blanca!
I feel tours need a mention here – two outstanding ones were The Graffiti Tour in Bogota and The Real City Walking Tour in Medellin. Not to be missed.
I bought myself a ‘holiday’ bracelet for 50p and we’ve enjoyed daily ice creams. Craig purchased a few items on eBay (Go Pro accessories; a book for me and a replacement music splitter) for my parents to bring over to Canada in July. And my piña colada in a pineapple was a whacking 20 COP – about a fiver.
Total: £7 (Craig has renamed this section ‘presents’ this month)
Two Scots Partnerships
Fulano Backpackers, Bogota – one night stay in dorms
La Calzada del Santo – two nights stay private room
Consteño Beach – two nights stay private room
Casa Loma, Minca – one night stay private room
The Wandering Paisa, Medellin – two nights stay
El Mocambo, Salento – three nights stay
Colombia Eco Travel, Cartagena – trip to El Totumo Volcano
Cartegena Bike Tours, Cartagena – does what it says on the tin!
Mamallena (tour), Cartagena – shuttle bus to Playa Blanca
We’ve nearly doubled our monthly views –
massive thanks to you.
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