Guatape y La Piedra

Trip Start Aug 30, 2011
Trip End Dec 30, 2011

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Today was one of the most spectacular experiences of my life! The scenery was breathtaking and the adventure was well worth it! It was a bummer that Tatianna couldn't come with us today due to her night before. She got home at four in the morning and said that if she got in the car she was sure she would vomit. So, instead she slept all day. However, she always had a big smile on her face!
We all piled into Papi's car and I realized then that it was probably better that Tati didn't come or else we would have had to squeeze like sardines. Driving in Colombia is like one of the craziest rides in an amusement park. The only thing people slow down for are the horrendous speed bumps. Even small children, stray dogs, or cyclists don't seem to phase the average driver here. You definitely have to be an experienced driver too avoid an accident. Papi is obviously a pro since he was able to manage despite the speedometer and gas gauge being broken. Yet, once we reach the countryside all you have to worry about is cows and the view quickly takes your mind off the road. It is serene and unlike anything I have ever seen (in real life that is). 
La Piedra is this, literally, HUGE rock that sits on top of Guatape and offers the most prime observation deck. We climbed over 6,000 stairs. Once again in every direction there is something worth seeing. The water is a beautiful blue and the islands are vibrant green. Cute little houses are nestled into the trees with a few little pools here and there. I could have stayed there all day admiring the beauty. When we came down my knees were shaking and I was so thankful to be wearing tennis shoes! At the base there were a few vendors with their tourist merchandise, that I gave into, and a small restaurant. If it weren't for Papi's recommendation to go into town for lunch I would have definitely chowed down on some plantain!  
Guatape is the most divine little "pueblo" (town) in the history of peublos! It looks like it was made by happy, little munchkins from the Wizard of Oz. All the colors and fun details make the place picture perfect! It is a place for tourists to spend their money and be happy, but I've got to think that people love living there as much as the tourists love to visit. From the restaurant you can see the water, enjoy the breeze, and eat in peace. That is unless, Isabella the spoiled princess wants to throw another fit. (I thought she was adorable and then I realized she gets everything she wants and is a pain in the rear if she doesn't.) Regardless, I enjoyed my "Trucha Marinera" (Trout with seafood) and had a wonderful meal. Afterwards, we walked around some more and took more pictures. 
On the way home everyone was sleeping and there were no white knuckles holding on for dear life. We stopped by Adrianna's mother's house to pay her a visit. She has cancer, yet with the experience I have with the awful disease she looks amazing. Everyone in this family is happy and continuously poking fun at each other. Most often I receive the "she only eats vegtables" kind of fun. 
If it weren't for the past few hours I have spent talking to mi hermanita I would have been passed out! I love talking to her about everything and showing her pictures of home, Katy Perry, Urban Outfitters, friends, and places I have been. Together we are able to make good conversations with the help of "Google Translate". Things are different here and still there are so many things that we find are the same where ever you go. Boys, fashion, parenting, partying, marriage, jobs, concerts, etc. I am eager to be fluent in Spanish so I will no longer have to look up every other word! In time...
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miah and i are amazed by the lake and the islands . how cool !la piedra is something else !647 steps is one way to get an appetite ! i like the way they paint their homes and buildings - so colorful and detailed . glad things are well . so it sounds like if you can drive in colombia , you would be a good NASCAR race driver ! hmmm , sounds like a racetrack would make for a good business possibility . love ya' ,daddy

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