¡Adios sud america!

Trip Start May 11, 2010
Trip End Jan 06, 2011

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Flag of Colombia  , Bolívar,
Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tomorrow we start a 2-day by land, 3-day by speed boat trip to Panama, going via the San Blas islands.
We're very excited, 1) because we get to go on a super-fast speed boat, 2) because the San Blas islands look like a tropical paradise from the piccys, and 3) cos we're getting onto the Central America leg, which promises surfing, loggerhead turtles, volcanoes and Mayan temples, to name but a few things we're gearing up for. The other thing we're gearing up for (wait for it, big moment here!) is a spot of working. I know, it's tough. Yes, money is steadily eeking out of the Cannon travel pot and we both quite like the idea of being cocktail waiters on a bar on a beach, somewhere exotic...  I said it was tough.

Slightly worryingly, the killing of the FARC rebel is on the news everywhere, so fingers crossed we don't run into too much trouble and uprising as a result of that on our route to Panama. If we don't blog for a fortnight, someone call the Embassy!

Anyway, it's adios to beautiful Colombia this weekend, and Cartagena has been a great place to be for two weeks. Very beautiful with its old battlements and huge city walls, and little cobbled streets full of multi-coloured houses covered in amazing flowers. It's hot but with the odd satisfyingly tropical thunderstorm, and the skies are just outstanding. Sunsets looking out at the old fort, the historical town with its beautiful churches, and then the skyscraper skyline and beach of the Bocagrande are pretty special.

The only real downside is that the atmosphere here isn't quite up to the standard of the rest of Colombia. You get seriously hassled, and especially in my week without Andy it was frustrating me to the point that I started yelling back... never a good reaction, it only encourages more of them to join in, I've discovered! If anyone hisses at me ever again (most likely on my way home from this cafe), I'm going to punch them. Why do men do that? Do they really think it's going to gain results? Are they trying to say I look cheap?!Thoughts on a postcard, please. The hassle also makes the place a touch intimidating at night, everyone just looks a bit... shifty. 

Read one of the best books ever last week, highly recommend Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides. Don't be put off by the title. It sat next to my desk for 3 years at Bloomsbury and I never thought it looked very interesting, and then it was only option at a book exchange so I picked it up... absolutely hilarious big epic story of Greeks emigrating to America, and in the middle of it a story of little girl who doesn´t realise she's a hermaphrodite. Highly entertaining and brilliant writing.
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