Monthly Archives: May 2011

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Chapter 22:  Bogota, Colombia     Friday, July 23 I returned to the Hostal La Posada Colonial after my final, excellent breakfast at the delightful Nuevo Condovez.  I bade farewell to Jaime who gave me a massive hug and wished … Continue reading

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Chapter 23:  Medellin, Colombia Wednesday, July 28 I slept soundly on my last night in Bogota, mainly thanks to the beers.  I woke up at 6.30am to pack and leave.  After settling my bill and taking breakfast at a quiet … Continue reading

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Chapter 24:  Cartagena, Colombia Monday, August 2 Bucaramanga was almost exactly as I imagined it to be.  I emerged from my darkened room into the dazzling morning light.  It was a working type of town with people busy doing their … Continue reading

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Chapter 25:  Santa Marta and Taganga, Colombia Saturday, August 7 After breakfast and settling up at the hostel I took a taxi to Cartagena’s bus terminal.  The busy Saturday morning traffic threw up clogs of dust as we journeyed along. … Continue reading

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Chapter 26:  Parque Nacional Tayrona, Colombia. Monday, August 16 The machismo driven, edgy hostel man happened to be the pretty receptionist’s husband.  He gave the sly eye to most of the male guests and just grunted each time I encountered … Continue reading

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Chapter 27:  Venezuela. Monday, August 23 I woke up just before 6am.  Most of my belongings were damp.  Even my nail clippers were rusted.  I collected my guitar from reception and began the difficult trek back to Canaveral.  It took … Continue reading

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Chapter 28:  Amazon, Brazil. Thursday, September 2 The tinted windows of the bus continually rattled throughout the night but I felt quite a relief after leaving Venezuela.  My thoughts wandered back to what Simon noticed about the families on the … Continue reading

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Chapter 29:  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Wednesday, September 8 I enjoyed my first self-serve lunch buffet where they charged for the food by its weight on the plate.  The hostel host gave the thumbs up when I told her how … Continue reading

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Chapter 30:  Iguaçu/Iguazú Falls. Saturday, September 18 I returned to the hostel just before breakfast.  After gathering my bags I played some guitar by the bar, ate breakfast and bade farewell to the receptionists as I set off for the … Continue reading

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Chapter 31:  Back in Buenos Aires. Tuesday, September 21 After so many bus journeys, covering thousands of miles throughout South America, I was on my last one.  It was a wonderful to see the land.   The sun rose over the … Continue reading

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