Pasto, LP really missed the boat on this one!

Trip Start Oct 06, 2010
Trip End Jul 30, 2011

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Friday, December 3, 2010

When Josh left off of the last post in Cali we were about to head off for our last chance at experiencing the one thing Cali is famous for... Salsa! We first stopped off at a lovely little Mexican restaurant where we were escorted to our table by the cutest 5 year old soon-to-be-heartbreaker I've ever seen. An amazing meal, some delicious cerveza, and we were off... to get ignored for being the gringos that we were. We stopped at the one busy bar on Avenue Sexta (aka 6) and ordered our preferred drinks.

 Looking around, we were pleased - Christmas decorations were going up, everyone around us had nice glasses and bowls of popcorn, the music was pumping. Then our drinks arrived. In plastic cups. With no popcorn. We drank our drinks and figured maybe we were building up to being accepted, so when we finished, we got the attention of a DIFFERENT waiter and ordered a second round. When he reappeared balancing a big bowl of popcorn and carrying our drinks, we thought we'd finally won them over... then he dropped our drinks and took the popcorn to another table. At this point we figured we'd overstayed our welcome so I payed the bill and we wandered farther down the street, which was completely lined with bars and clubs. The only other one that anyone in it was a well laid out salsa club with about a dozen couples - we were treated like everyone else, with regular glasses and a big bowl of popcorn, and spent a lovely evening watching the locals dance the night away.

Now onto more important things: PASTO! This city is barely listed in the lonely planet, with just a passing notice as a place to stop at en route to Ecuador. After spending a day wandering around today, Josh and I are convinced that someone missed the boat - this city is absolutely charming. The people are friendly, the streets are crowded, and as we were recently informed, it is the theological capital of Colombia. Josh and I must have walked around and into at least half a dozen different churches and cathedrals, all of which were more magnificent than the last. Even the ones that looked slightly run-down on the outside were absolutely amazing inside, with ornate walls, amazing ceilings, stained glass, tile mosaics depicting biblical scenes, and best of all... Christmas decorations! It's amazing, these ornate and beautiful churches set up with Christmas trees, blinking lights, wreaths and garlands... all made for a very gaudy, if festive, scene.

We also had amazing food today, which I'm sure will be continued tonight and tomorrow as we've now decided to stick around a few days longer (Josh finally looked at his visa stamp, and instead of having to be out of the country today, it's Sunday). Tomorrow: Laguna Verde, with views up to the volcan.

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Love your blog guys. Getting anxious to see you both sooooooon. It's a cold crisp day here. We can see forever. Bit windy but beautiful.

Do you need little binoculars?
Love dad

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