Santa Fe de Antioquia

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

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Monday, September 5, 2011

 Yet again the day starts out with breakfast and a hefty drive to a new area. We got a taxi into the transportation center and then got another taxi to take us to Santa Fe de Antioquia, about an hour drive. It continues to amaze me how diverse the land is here and how quickly the city become the jungle. Up, around, down, through, and across the mountains we traveled very quickly and passed anyone that would slow us down. We decided to pay the extra 4 thousand pesos (more or less 2 dollars) for the taxi because the bus would have taken much longer and would have been a lot less comfortable. We were already running behind by two hours because time doesn't seem to concern Colombians, but all is well. 
Antioquia is a nice little town with a fountain and church as its center. I thought it reminded me of what I have seen in Europe with the many scooters going in circles and the vendors outlining the square. My mom said it was very South American, no coincidence there. We strolled the streets and glanced at the numerous booths. Then in what seemed like a back street we found a wonderful restaurant with amazing food. It was my favorite meal so far! Pollo en veduras (Chicken in vegtables) was delicious and I ate all of it. I also enjoyed a Guava juice which hit the spot, refreshing me fro the heat. Since we are at a lower elevation, the temperature is much higher. I was sweating bullets all day! While shopping I was using the fans for sale and while I was cooler I was able to think clearly. Then it hit me that I must have those pants! On the wall their colors struck me and the design intrigued me, so I bought them! I will definitely be bringing this fashion back to the states :)
To really cool down we went to the pool at the hotel and found we were the only ones there. During the week there are many less people, making this a nice break from the crowded city. I enjoyed the water, read, and talked with Tatianna. I find everyday there are words I struggle with and it usually takes me two days to have it down. For example, I have trouble with the verb "marry" and each day I have to ask how to say it and how it is conjugated. I think by tomorrow I should have it down!
As the moon rose and the stars came out (finally I could see more than the usually two in Medellin) I laid out and appreciated my surroundings. This is going to be an amazing four months. Just then a Red Hot Chillies Pepper song came on and I could just feel the smile spread across my face. Even though I feel so far away from home I am still surrounded by plenty of comforts and opportunities. The ability to skype and talk on facebook whenever I please makes me very appreciative of my friends and family back home. I just have to take it one day at a time :)
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tommy on

did you call up or run into any of your bicycle team buddies ? you racer chaser girl !

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