In Colombia, making a fresh start
Trip Start Feb 23, 2010
40Trip End Jul 21, 2010
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Hostal Cuidad Invisible
Hi. How are you? Hope all is well wherever you are.
I arrived with my buddy Chris in Bogota Monday afternoon after 20 hour bus. We cross the border from Ecuador to Colombia with ease on Sunday afternoon, and then headed to the next town of Ipiales to bus to the capital. We bargained for a good price on our tickets, and were off to Bogota at 5pm. The Colombian country side is beautiful as the bus drove through the winding mountains. I was so excited to be in Colombia, weve heard nothing but good things from other backpackers, so we started reading our guide books in anticipation of what was to come. Sometime during the early evening I feel asleep, busses have that effect on me.
I woke up when we stopped at some unknown town and stayed awake for one of the worst Christian themed Kurt Cameron films Ive ever endured in my life
When I said that, then Chris clued in to the importance of the item and the two of us became more sullen. We were so upset, we sat separately and tried to console ourselves. I am glad that nothing physical happened to us, and most things can be replaced, I just wish I didnt have to go through all this crap. I had most of my cash on my, and Chris had his wallet on him at least. But I only changed $10 to Colombian pesos at the border. When we stopped at 9am at a bus restaurant, we only had 9,000 pesos to buy a yogurt, bottle of water and a sandwhich, but the food cost 10,000. A woman from our bus, a truly amazing human being, handed us 20,000 pesos to pay for it. When I went to give her the change and the rest of our money, she refused. I just cried. She was so amazing. I tried to give her US$ but she would take it. Truly truly amazing and kind heart that woman, I guess Ill just have to pay it forward some day.
When we got to Bogota we filed a police report, that was all they could do. The bus assistant was very helpful and said there could be video surveillance, but who knows. A Brazillian guy we met before crossing the border was also very nice and patient with us during it all and helped us by figuring out a hostel downtown. We cancelled the credit cards, thanks parents. We also figured out the passport stuff, mine was pretty straight forward, less so for Chris. I also should be covered for my camera since I JUST bought it a week before and have my receipt.
People have been really helpful, I really think Colombia will be great after this one little setback. We finally started our touring of the city today and its pretty nice. So onwards and upwards!
All will work out in the end, and it has been an amazing trip thus far, so it will continue.