Being back home in Amsterdam is strange

  Sunday 17th February The flight from Atlanta to Amsterdam was alright except for loudly crying kids all night, so I didn't sleep one wink. Also 4 Scandinavian people were very smelly of alcohol and another man smelled badly of strong sweat. The landing was very smooth and on time (8am), despite the late departure. …

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Last day in Bogotá

Friday 15th February 2013 A last day in Bogotá. We spent a few hours trying to find an ATM that would accept Fedra's bank card. Then we had eggs for lunch and shopped for some last souvenirs. We also visited the Botero museum and a part of the Casa de Moneda. In the evening we …

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Caribbean Cartagena, and carnaval in Barranquilla

Population: 944,000 inhabitants (and some mosquitos) Altitude: 2 meters / 6.5 feet above sea level Temperature when I was there: 28º Celsius / 82º Fahrenheit Sunday 10th February 2013 Caribbean Cartagena Arrived by plane in Cartagena in the afternoon, took a bus to the centre, and spent time in the blasting heat looking for a …

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Medellín again

Friday 8th February 2013 (continued) Police hassle... We spent a few hours going to three different police posts in a taxi until the third one was able to make up a report of my stolen phone. Only the chef to sign it wasn't there and was supposed to come within an hour. The lady who …

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Colourful Guatapé and its funky rock

Population: 4,229 inhabitants Altitude: 1,925 meters / 6,316 feet Temperature when I was there: about 15º Celsius / 59º Fahrenheit with showers Wednesday 6th February 2013 Bleak weather in colourful Guatapé The 2 hour bus ride from Medellín to Guatapé was without incident. We were dropped off at the lakeside of this colourful village. We …

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Medellín – overwhelming Latin American city

Population: 3 million inhabitants Altitude: 1,494 meters / 4,902 feet Temperature when I was there: in daytime 25º Celsius / 77º Fahrenheit, colder and rainy in the afternoon and evening Monday 4th February 2013 (continued) Beautiful but nauseating bus ride After the 30 minute bus ride to Pereira we could immediately get on the 5 …

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Santa Rosa de Cabal: hot springs galore

Population: 60,018 inhabitants Altitude: 1,701 meters / 5,581 feet Temperature when I was there: in daytime about 20-25º Celsius 68-77º Fahrenheit / ; at night about 5-10ºC / 41-50ºF; next day about 15ºC / 59ºF and rainy. Friday 1st February 2013 Bus trip via Pereira and Santa Rosa Our hotel is alongside some road in …

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