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Snapshots: 哥倫比亞 Colombia

Colonial architecture grace every street of Cartagena’s old town 
Fresh fruit juice stand – a refreshing way to chill under the Caribbean heat, Cartagena
Church tower rises gracefully above colonial balconies, Cartagena  
Cartagena
Full moon rises over one of Cartagena’s churches
Arched walkways line the plaza of Cartagena’s historic center
Police welcome a new day as they prepare to patrol the city of Cartagena
Che (slightly overweight?) spotted roaming on the streets, Cartagena
Caribbean women walk about Cartagena selling fresh fruit
Walkway into the historic dungeons of Cartagena
Typical Colombian handicraft, Cartagena
The Butcher, Salento 
Wax palms stand tall in the Cocora Valley
Lush green pastures and wax palms, Cocora Valley
Plaza Bolivar after a night of rain, Bogota
Lady selling flowers and other plants in La Candeleria, Bogota
Shoeshiners and graffiti wall, Bogota
Pigeons flocking to the free lunch, Bogota

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「哥倫比亞的朋友,也就是我的朋友。」

米高安祖跟黃Glenn說了很深刻的一句:「哥倫比亞的朋友,也就是我的朋友。」

哥倫比亞,一個從不讓我嚮往的國家,沒料到她帶給我們這樣美好的經驗和回憶。曾經跟朋友討論過,遊歷最重要的,不是景點,是與當地人的溝通和個人成長。和哥倫比亞人的接觸,讓我認知到他們對自己國家、文化和歷史感到自豪,可又不是只陶醉在自己的世界裡,反而對外來的人和事充滿好奇和熱情。他們有自信,卻同時很謙虛。我真的打從心底裡欣賞他們的生活態度、他們的率真和與世無爭。 Continued 繼續看…

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第五十九天:家與國

伊皮亞萊斯 (Ipiales). 今天我決定去吃唐餐。走進一間華人開的餐館,甚是驚喜。在哥倫比亞兩個星期以來,首次遇到在此國落地生根的華僑。

我們一直以為是哥國過去太危險,中國人要離開祖國都不願選這地方紮根;誰知來自華東的店主告訴我們,真正原因是中國人要拿此國的簽證很難… Continued 繼續看…

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Day 58 & 59: En Route to Ecuador


Stopover in Popayan, our midway point between the capital and the country’s border with Ecuador. A small town with its own character that was refreshingly different from other Colombian settlements we have been to. The streets are lined by whitewashed houses that felt blindingly bright. Stumbling into the main square was like a spiritual cleansing – everything was pure white! Continued 繼續看…

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Day 56: A Fling With The Colombian Capital

Mural art and street signs of Bogota

You can never truly, truly appreciate something until you experience it for yourself. The same truth holds for Bogota. It wasn’t until we arrived in the country’s capital that we began to understand every word in Lonely Planet’s introduction. Continued 繼續看…

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Day 54: Is this a scam?

Bogotans chilling in Plaza Bolivar on a warm Easter Sunday afternoon

Turned out leaving for the capital on Sat night was a bad idea afterall. The bus station was packed with Colombians heading home after their Easter long weekend. All buses seemed to be full and the standby lines were long. It was chaotic – already past 9pm with hundreds still hunting for an available seat to Bogotá, we were seriously disadvantaged and started to lose hope… Continued 繼續看…

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Day 53: Loved by Colombia! Loving Colombia!

Colorful houses and Salento local

Watching the village of Salento wake from her sleep is a treat for the senses. Sound of unlocking doors and locals greeting one another in cheerful shouts, sight of cowboys in sombreros and artists opening shop, aromas of fresh bread and roasted Colombian beans… Only 2 days here and the locals recognize us – the beauty of village life, which on this particular weekend is packed with Colombians on Easter break. It’s touristy but in a genuinely Colombian way, rid of the mainstream tourism that is Cartagena. The air is filled with festivity and contagious smiles. I feel Colombian just being here! Continued 繼續看…

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第五十二天:參觀咖啡園

剛曬乾還沒燒過的咖啡豆

很享受到咖啡園的參觀經驗;這農莊不大不小恰到好處。尤其喜歡這農村家庭的有機栽種和自給自足 (豬牛雞和各種植物一應俱全)。當你活在最基本和原始的環境下,你會更懂欣賞大自然和細味簡單的幸福。 Continued 繼續看…

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Day 52: Living the Good Life

Steamed fruit with a hint of cinnamon

Joseph is another one of those lovable characters we were lucky enough to meet on our journey. Originally from Spain, he is the owner of Republika de Artistas, a hostel he reently started with his son Mihail here in Salento, the coffee region of Colombia. More a B&B guesthouse than a hostel, Joseph really has a vision for his place. Like the rest of Salento, his guesthouse is a space for free thinking artists. Continued 繼續看…

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第五十一天:小鎮之星?!

Salento, 當寧靜的小鎮遇上喜慶的復活假期,安然的山城添了熱鬧和歡樂。這裡有一條長街,人人都會到那裡逛精品和首飾店,好不繁忙… 我和黃Glenn 喜極了,因為這裡的遊客多是本地哥倫比亞人,即熱情、好客和快樂的一群。 Continued 繼續看…

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