The FARC and the miraculous fishing

My original idea was to go back from Cali to the North by plane, leaving a few things at Milton’s place, then come back and continue my trip down South. But the tickets proved to be quite expensive and I wasn’t really sure if the trip was well worth it. So, once again, I changed…

Water & wind

On Milton’s recommendation, I went to the Calima lake on Monday. Not only was it a nice place to see but it’s also a good spot for windsurfing. I started windsurfing about four years ago. Because my boyfriend at that time was a windsurfer and we were spending holidays camping next to a lake. So…

Public transport adventures – Part II

Now was the time to take my leave of the garden of Eden and get back to the city. Up the brujitas to Córdoba again. And the bus to Cali. Except there were no buses. Or, rather, no free seat on any of the buses passing by. There is no bus station in Córdoba and…

About trusting people you’ve just met

In Cali, I was staying with Milton, a University teacher in education sciences I had hosted in Brussels about two years ago. It is funny to see how quickly you can establish a trust relationship with someone and make it last over time and distance, without even being in contact that often. We are taught…

Public transport adventures – Part I

Arriving in a new city is always a challenge. You get off the bus and step into an environment that is completely new. You can’t orient yourself, as you don’t have a city map. And, even if you had one, you just have no idea where the bus is dropping you off. You have to…

Care for a cocaine tour?

Before arriving in Cali, I made a quick stop in Armenia, the birth town of Angelica. As she still has many contacts there, once again she made sure I was in good hands. Her friend John came to pick me up at the bus stop and took me to my hostel. There was an interesting…

Un tintico?

Saturday was my last day in the company of Dorine. She made her way quickly to Ecuador while I took my time, going in the same direction but making a long halt in Cali. Before that, however, I still wanted to enjoy some of Salento’s serenity. My idea was to leave on Monday. But, before…

God(s). Again. And psychotropics.

As briefly explained in a previous post, in many parts of South America, Christian beliefs co-exist with the remains of more traditional, indigenous, and African practices. The Pachamama, for example, or “Mother Earth”, is celebrated in most countries in the North of the continent. Pachamama is an Inca goddess. Rituals to honour her take place…

Palm trees and hummingbirds

On Saturday morning, according to plan, I went back to Pereira for my battery and my charger, which took 3h30 of my time. It could have been less. But I got lost on my way back to the hotel. Before I left home, a friend suggested to keep a spreadsheet to keep track of all…

Where is my mind?

I like to take my time when travelling and discover new places. But Dorine had planned to be back in Ecuador on a certain date and I wanted to continue travelling with her for a few more days. Also, admittedly, every now and then, it is good to have someone who gives me a kick…

Going back down South

During our excursion, I had plenty of time to think about the situation of the closed Lost City and decided to travel further with Dorine to Medellín and Salento. I would then continue on my own to Cali, where I was going to stay with a friend. From there, I would be able to take…