Our longest bus journey to date

Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
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Trip End Oct 26, 2010


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Seat numbers 11 & 12

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Friday, July 23, 2010

After some stressing from the both of us we were relieved to know that we were actually booked on the bus. When we went to the bus company their computer system was down so they wrote our information down on a piece of paper and we were both praying for our names to be put into the system. They were meant to call us on Tuesday night as this bus company was coming from Peru they would know about 8pm when they would be hitting Quito. We waited patiently and at about 8:30 Bernie tried desperately to find out what was going on. All we could get from them was the bus was full and it was leaving at 1am. Finally, after many phone calls made by the beautiful owners of Belmont Hostel they finally got the answer we needed and thankfully we were booked on the bus with a different leave time. Would normally not be a problem however there are only 2 days a week this company goes to Bogota and we did not fancy hanging in Quito until Saturday. We were dropped out the front of their offices at 2am and if it was not for the other 3 ladies already waiting we would have not felt comfortable at all. Having heard that Quito can be dodgy especially at 2am with all our belongings. It was not long and we were stepping into business class bus which took us both by surprise.  We found ourselves on the sweatiest, smelliest bus in all our travels. Business class did mean that got a small bit of extra legroom. I think we were spoilt in Peru with Cruz del Sur. By the end of the 30 hour trip this turned out to be the friendliest bus trip we had been experienced. We are not sure if it was filled with  Colombians, as we had already heard that they were very friendly but everyone was sharing their food, smiling, chatting and when someone left the bus at their stop everyone said goodbye. What a great start to Columbia. We had also decided before we got to Bogota that we were going to hang around in the bus station for a bus to Santa Marta then onto Taganga on the Northern Coastline. So in total we traveled for 48 hours and still smiling. It feels like it has been so long since we had experienced such heat but looking forward to spending the last part of our trip in Bikinis and board shorts.

Sending you all some sunshine your way.

T & B
xoxoxoxox
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