Bienvenido a Colombia!

Trip Start Nov 28, 2011
Trip End Apr 09, 2013

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Where I stayed
Park Life Hostel
What I did
Holland - Germany, Eurocup
Trumpet concerts
CHurches, churches and more churches
Empanadas a la Popayan (peanut sauce with peppers!)

Flag of Colombia  , Cauca,
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

We arrived at the border around 5.00 and, thanks to the digitalised Ecuadorian system, waited at the offices for about 1 hour until all computers and systems were started up. The additional surprise was that one or another Venezuelan traveller on our bus (yes, the bus is actually going from Quito directly to Venezuela, 4 days and 3 nights on the bus - for some travellers) did have their visas expired or other jokes and therefore making us waiting for another hour. Fortunately the Colombian border control was greeting us quickly and friendly with a welcoming smile - as if ignoring the early time - and just a second and a stamp later we were officially in Colombia. Finally, around 7.00 am, all passengers were boarded as well and we were off to go.

As we were awake anyway it was a pleasure to watch the beautiful Colombian country sides pass by throughout the journey, amazing us more and more. Around 9 we made a stop for breakfast and had the chance to meet some of our fellow travellers. Blond and directly recognizable as 'extranjeros' (foreigners) we beame the centre of attraction easily and chatted along with our 'busmates'. Some invitations to Cali and Caracas later we were back in the bus until we reached Popayan around 4 pm.

A bus to the city centre and we were arrived at our hostal at the central park in the middle of Popayan. Best of it: our room even had a park view to enjoy park in the evening light and the salsa sounds at the weekend. However: good food and a good sleep was all we needed for now!

The next day was all about Eurocup: Holland, Germany and Denmark were supposed to play and so we were supposed to watch. Unfortunately only the bars with 'pay TV' would show both plays and therefore we had to go into the big food mall in the shopping centre outside of Popayan. Bad enough the results were not the ones we wished for (eventually Germany, but that was it) so we were off again to the city centre and prepared ourselves for the next day: the trip to the historical site 'Tierradentro', close to the tiny village San Andres.

But first we headed towards the university of music and arts: the week of the trumpet and therefore there were daily concerts at 7 pm, of course, all with the trumpet as the key instrument. Indeed, the Colombians were showing us how to play classic on it - no questions.

Classically it continued, the next morning - while eating our breakfast - we had the churches choir singing (not necessarily for us, but it felt that way being the only ones in the kitchen) and then got off to the bus station for our transport to Tierradentro!
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