Well, it’s getting to the end of our trip and you can really start to tell that all the nonstop traveling is starting to wear on us. We haven’t really had a break from all the go go go, plan plan plan and because of this we can see ourselves not putting as much effort into our endeavors as we would have 2-3 months ago. So it seems that 6 months of traveling is just about our cut off and we are really looking forward to just kicking back with Lynn’s family in Aruba next week and having one last chill-out period before we have to hit the real world running again.
You see, we have one more day in Cartagena and couldn’t settle on what to do with it. We could visit Rosario Island and take in some rays on its beach, but we’d heard that it’s just OK compared to other Caribbean islands and we’d be doing exactly that in a few days time in Aruba. Also we weren’t looking forward to being in a choppy boat for the 2 hours there and back. We could go visit the so-called mud volcano, but after learning about it didn’t have a real desire to sit in a man-made mud pit while locals give you rubdowns. And we could ride a Chiva bus, famous for plying tourists with Cuba libres while a band plays Colombian tunes, but most of the people we saw on the 3-hour adventure around town looked bored out of their minds. So instead we opted for a day of just being.
We spent the entire morning in bed reading our books, writing a blog post, and researching what to do during our time in Bogota. At 11:30 a.m. we decided it was time to find some lunch. Doug really wanted Cuban food but was having difficulty finding a place open or of reasonable prices. Instead we settled on a Colombian restaurant that Lonely Planet said offered good lunch deals. It was only a short walk away and we found it in no time, empty besides the 3 or so people working. We put in our drink orders and then returned to take a picture of the chalkboard outside when we realized that we wouldn’t be getting any physical menus. About 2 minutes later, 5 people in business casual attire show up. They were subsequently followed by 20+ coworkers who all Sat down and immediately got their food. We seem to have happened upon Gama’s regular lunch spot. Well, if locals eat it, it must be good. After watching some of the food fly by we chose our lunch items: 2 motes de queso, 1 chicharrones, and 1 ropa viejo. All were delicious, not so healthy, but delicious. Good choice Gama employees.
We then spent then next 2 hours or so wandering the old town streets again, occasionally stopping to have our own model shoots in front of the very bright and colorful doorways. We picked up some ice cream and very under-ripe mango before returning to the hotel for some more reading. This turned into napping for Lynn, but Doug held down the reading front.
At 5 p.m. we were back out on the town again. Doug had seen a 2 for 1 mojito deal early in the day that we intended to partake in. We made our way to the restaurant, grabbed and outdoor table, and sat down for some good people watching. Oh and we ordered two mojitos which may have come out looking like lime green jello since they blended the mint into the drink. But anyway, we did see some good people and had a fair share of vendors approach us. Our favorites were the guy selling magnetic insect (because when I think of Colombia I think of giant bugs) and two guys with a boom box hoping to impress us with their rapping (sorry guys, I don’t even like rap back home). It was a fairly entertaining two rounds with a cool breeze and sunset highlighting the colorful buildings once again.
We then proceeded on to dinner were we ordered way too much seafood but it was all quite good and ended the evening with some more of The Americans. We only have 3 episodes left!
Daily Walking Mileage: 6.3
- If you are ever going to go to Bogotá, do not read the Cope section on Wikitravel. Or maybe do read it for your own safety.
- We’ve decided that most foreigners who come to Catragena come on a cruise ship. We say this because everytime we hit the main square or any other strip of road we are approached by a man swinging his car keys saying, “Back to the boat?”
- There also seem to be a lot of major league baseball fans here, and not just cop-outs with Yankees hats. We’ve seen Rangers hats, Rockies jerseys, Nationals t-shirts, and our beloved Red Sox in all of the above. There are currently 9 Colombians playing in the MLB and, with the help of Wikipedia, we now know that Venezuelans are a bit more into it with far too many players to count.