We are back from Colombia and are slowly getting back into the routine of "normal" life. I am definitely not enjoying the cold--it seems like it reaches all the way into my bones and I just can't warm up!
I've been going over my photos from Colombia, trying to decide what to share with you, but it's just too hard! I decided it would be best to show you some of the photos I took in Colombia and just describe them. So, here it is!
|The lovely scenes of Bógota--this is in La Candelaria, a historic district in town.
|Sweet treat, anyone? These merengues looked amazing!
|Hydrangeas everywhere! I wish I could have dug one up to take home to Erin.
|Could you say no to a lovely hot chocolate on a silver platter? I think not!
|A monument to the great Simon Bolivar. Graffiti-ed to the nines.
|This is Bógota at night--they really do it up for the holidays. The lights were everywhere and they were spectacular!
|Our wonderful host, Jean Carlos, and his girlfriend Silvia enjoying a lovely Italian meal.
|After a three day hiatus (where I was sick as a dog), Jaime and I stopped for a refreshing beverage at a bakery in his home town of Bucaramanga. 7up for me, Colombiana for him. Don't they just look great in the bottle?
|This is the view from Jaime's mom's balcony. Soon this construction...
|. . . is going to cover up this beautiful view.
|Oooh! My favorite fruit of the trip, granadilla. This pomegranate-shaped fruit is full of seeds and slime. Sweet and crunchy, this is great for after meals.
|Here is Jaime under the palm trees while we take our daily stroll.
|A park near Jaime's mother's apartment.
|Dining out for lunch, who wants a Hipinto? It's hot pink and tastes like bubble gum.
|Meat, yucca, and an arepa. These are all made Santander (Jaime's home state) style.
|One morning I got a manicure and pedicure from the nicest lady. She makes house calls!
|Here we are on our way to get my dresses fitted. I had two made during our visit to Bucaramanga.
|Anyone want some cockatiel entertainment while you wait?
|Here is my wonderful seamstress, Maria. I tell you, she is magical. I don't know how she gets everything done in that small space!
|Here is her work table where she cuts and irons. Not a lot of space, eh?
|Pretty art along the roads of Bucaramanga.
|Here were are at Chicamocha Canyon waiting for a ride in a gondola. Will this line ever end?
|First trip in one of these things. A little scary.
|The canyon. Isn't it grand? Look at all the cactii!
|Here is a view from the top of the canyon. We are looking down at a monument which chronicles the peasant uprising against the Spaniards.
|While in Santander, Jaime had to eat one of his old favorites. Goat. His verdict? It's not really his favorite anymore.
|I'm sorry. Jaime just ate your mother.
|Doing a little "hiking" on our own.
|I'm so glad I didn't fall. You can tell how close I am right here.
|A nice surprise during our visit to the canyon--a dancing troop that showed traditional dances from the different regions of Colombia.
|My favorite part of any day. A snack of buñelos, empanadas, or pan de yucca with a coke.
|It's time to strategically stuff those bags and prepare for departure.
|All you have to do is walk 1/2 a mile to your airplane!
I am glad to be back here in the states, but sad as well. We had a really nice time and truly got to relax. There is nothing like being far away from your worries to forget them. Glad to be back with you all, though. Drop me a line!