Colombia vs. USA

After finishimg the main course for lunch which in Colombia is the big meal of the day.

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It is  now time to find a place to watch Colomvia and the USA slug iit out for 3rd place in Copa America soccer. Colombja beat USA in the previous showing between the the two teams. A quuck internet search shows no sports bars or pubs so let’s ask people where is a good place for a gringo to watch the match up. So far I have received  3 different recommendatiins from 3 different people. Futbol in Colomvia like the rest of the world is huge, but I can bet that most of my friends back home are not even aware the USA is playing for 3 rd place in the America’s biggest soccer event outside of the World Cup. I will let you know what I find and how it goes.

A good day with good food

I hooe to spend at least one day of each thay arr coming enjoying something rico as the Colombians would say, today that included good food at a nice restaurant. Tgis is the view from Darpapaya restaurant in Armenia Quindio.

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Beautiful view from my table. I opted for cerviche colombiano as a starter.

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The overnight bus

The overnight bus from Huila to Tolima was typical of Colombian bus travel at night in that you sleep between the stops, open your eyes to see where you are and guage how much more sleep you can get until the next stop. Remember though you are in Colombia so any travel plans by bus or car can be interrupted by virtually anything from rocks and mud in the roads, to construction, strikes, parades or in my case a bicycle race just outside the city of Ibague.

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It is just best to go with the flow and have fun with it. Before all was said and done people from our bus were cheering along the racers, myself included.

The Journey Begins

This evening I will begin the first leg of my journey from southern Colombia to Ibague Tolima Colombia near Medellin by taking and overnight bus. Buses in Colombia are not expensive and are quite comfortable, though the drivers do have a tendency to drive quickly and the roads can vary in condition and twists and turns are to be expected; this combined with the speed makes sleeping a little difficult. I am heading to Ibague because I need to get some things that I cannot get in the small pueblo where I have been living, so this leg of the trip will be short and with the plan of passing the night on the bus. In Ibague I want to get a fishing pole and some hooks for the long journey north as I know soon I will be walking as my funds run out and being able to feed myself occasionally will be a good thing, and also I like fishing. Passing the last day with my son as much as packing has allowed me to, we are currently laying across the bed now so he can grab a nap and maybe me too, while watching Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs or the spanish named Lluvia de Hamburguesas. More later when I will include the cost of the bus ticket  from Suaza Huila Colombia to Ibague Tolima Colombia. I actually plan to pass a couple of days in Armenia in the cafetero region and found a little basic hotel in Armenia for only 36000 colombian pesos about 12 dollars a night. Hotel Vermon is the name.