Second Day in Santa Fe de Antiquia
Trip Start Aug 30, 2011
90Trip End Dec 30, 2011
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Where I stayed
Back at home in Medellin
What I did
Went to El Puente de Ocintal, swam, and got back home
The most appealing sight of the day was El Puente de Ocintal. The bridge is an old structure that leads to nothing. It stretches across a wide brown river. Its a cool thing to do, yet in the heat you can only stand it for so long. I was literally sweating out of every pore! Being as hot as we were we raced back to the hotel and jumped in the pool. A cool class of Guava Juice was a refreshing treat, compliments of the hotel. Our location was prime and when you walked out the front door you were right in the middle of everything. In each town we visit the church seems to be the center of it all. Regardless, there are more than three churches everywhere we go so the most impressive and extensive church takes the prize as numero uno
As we meandered the streets Mom was reminded of old episodes of Zorro, the masked man. I remember watching the show with my dad and always imitating the signature "Z" move. Santa Fe de Antiquia used to be the capital of the Medellin area in 1541. When the government moved to Medellin in 1826 the town was abandoned. Not until more recent years, when it became a tourist attraction, has it seen many people. Most things are the way they were, way back in the 19th century. This old time feel enhances the adventure. The only thing keeping me from staying there forever would be the heat. I would scare myself every time I looked in the mirror and think I was truly melting (like the wicked witch of the west!).
By the time we pulled into the city I was overjoyed that it might rain tonight and drastically cool down; and indeed it is. Outside my window rain is coming down like there is no tomorrow. Thunder is shaking the house and lightening is scaring the dog. I hear that when it rains here, it pours. Those Disney Princess umbrellas I saw in the closet might actually come in handy!
Another day has gone by and I am starting to get in the swing of things. Tomorrow we will be shopping for vegetables and fruits in the market and visiting the Homeopathic Pharmacy. I find I am always tired and my stomach is always doing little flips. I feel a bit groggy and stiff. I can tell I am out of whack and I am ready to pick up a daily routine when school and daily activities become more common. This Colombian lifestyle is new to me, and I think it will be a good match in a few days time.