Coffee and snowcapped mountains
Trip Start Sep 23, 2010
366Trip End Jul 13, 2012
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Cat had a bit of a rough night (hot and cold sweats, sore throat and a swolen, stiff neck) so we had a bit of a lie-in, had breakfast and then Cat went back to bed. Me man, go hunting for food! Well I walked down to the supermarket to buy some supplies for lunch and dinner. When I got back we had some tomato soup and cheese bread for lunch. Later in the afternoon it started raining really hard, so I persuaded Cat to come downstairs and watch a movie, (GI Joe) which was good old futuristic beat 'em up. For dinner, I made meatball bolognese and then we went back to the room, had a shower and settled in for another movie (this time on the laptop, Social Network) and then got some sleep.
Another well needed lie-in till 10am and then up for breakfast (french toast or as we call it eggy bread). After finding out that the Rio Blanco ecological reserve (Hummingbirds) office was closed for the rest of the weekend (itīs not even the weekend yet!) we headed in to the centre, walking at first and then catching a bus which wasnīt as far as we thought. Once in the centre, we had a look at the churches, Cathedral and main plaza which has some amazing sculptures as does most of the streets leading to it. As Manizales is quite hilly, there is a cable car that runs between the centre and the main bus terminal. So after an ice cream, we boarded the cable car and enjoyed some lovely views of the city. At the bus terminal we decided to check the availability of buses to Medellin for tomorrow and found out that there arenīt many, so we thought weīd wait and see how we got on trying to book a hostel. We caught a bus back to the hostel via the supermarket for a few more supplies and a relaxing afternoon. We watched a movie, (Preditor 2) and then made dinner, (BBQ Pork stir fry) and after that we watched Oceans 13. We then caught up on some internet stuff and then got off to bed.
Got up at 8.30am, had breakfast and then headed out to town
Got up at 7.30am for an early breakfast, checkout and then caught a taxi to the bus terminal. We managed to catch a bus to Medellin at 9.30 (well it left at 9.50, but we are in SA) and were soon winding through the mountain roads in a thunderstorm! We can really understand why some roads get closed as there were plenty of landslides on the one we were traveling on.