Kaganga in Taganga

Trip Start Oct 01, 2009
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Getting here from Maracaibo was an experience to say the least. Deciding, to get a "por puesto", being is basically a battered car with as many people crammed into to it and shifts to the frontera. I got in it with my new friend Mana, a very interesting Kiwi who has done a hell of a lot of travelling at the tender age of 19, and Angelica the crazy Columbian hairdresser.

I am in Columbia!!!

Santa Marta is the stop but I headed, on recommendation of course, straight for Taganga.  It is a really nice little place and is gearing itself for mucho tourismo.  I have had a few days settling in and getting used to the money. 20 000 pesos, as written on the note, is around $10, whereas 50 MIL pesos, as written on the note, is not smaller it is larger!!!  I think I was caught out on this account at least once.

After all that nonsense and having a day in Santa Marta I decided to have a scuba dive in playa concha.  We saw Puffer fish, lion fish and lots of Moray eel.

Due to an energy consuming day I decided to refuel at my favourite local haunt.  Walking into los baguettes de maria, like something out of the movies, the relatively old yet young (at heart) woman with, what I can only describe as, a shower cap on her head and a fly swat in her hand going at it hammer and tongs and I must admit she was good, she managed at least 11 in the time i was sitting there with her.  "What is the best of your baguettes" I asked,
"bahia concha", the petit doll like waitress laughs as walking past,
Curious, I inquired "why is everyone laughing when they say concha?", having been to Playa Concha and having the same reaction when the name of the beach was told to me is what spawned this question.  Now, it is always more interesting when someone speaks to you in another language as you feel like a 12 year old learning the new knowledge, she told me in Spanish what concha is, with added actions.....I am guessing that it is a euphamism for a woman's personal attributes and the reason being is that she placed her hand, whilst speaking, somewhere where the sun only shines after a preparatory 9 month romantic interlude.....her name is Maria.
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