After doing a bit of research and listening to some peoples horror stories we decided not to take the long rocky and apparently very scary road to San Augustin from Popayan. We will now be doing that from Bogota which is flat straight road. Joy.
So We headed to Popayan on a bus with a freaky guy who spent the entire journey trying to take any possible leg and arm room i had, then he did a weird disappear and reappering act at the bus station, but we outsmarted any plans he might have had by making a sly getaway to a cab.
We stayed in a hotel that night called Hotel Colonial. it was lovely. double bed, clean bathroom, hot water, tv. and sadly Popayan was raining so no pics, as although its quite a pretty place, does anywhere really look that great when its bucketing it down?
Off to Cali..
We got a 2.5 hour bus to Cali, and nice short ride, and the last bus ride for a while as we are flying from Cali to Cartagena on the 8th August.
Cali is hot hot hot, and like a lot of cities, is just formed of boring buildings. I need a sea and a beach to enjoy this kind of temperature. Also, Cali is the plastic surgery capital of the world! and is filled with beautiful women. (i was about to feel very down about myself!) but after being here for 4 days, i relaised for all the nose jobs, eye jobs and very obvious boob jobs, id rather have my flat chest and pelican nose and laughter lines! to me, these women are not all that! just lumps of plastic!
We thought we were being smart by already booking our accomodation (the cheapest we could find), however, when we arrived at said hostel (Colours Hostel) the woman was extremely hostile towards us, saying she did not need to speak english, and that she had no room, and that it was not her problem. ruide rude rude, and i hope Karma comes along soon and ruins her business and she has to earn a living on the street. (i know thats evil- but she was so rude and just left us there!!!!!).
We found Hostel Colonial, on the otherside of town and quite a bit more pricier, but they had a room, and sweating and tired from trekking the town in my jeans long top and backpack, i was just so happy to find somewhere.
We decided a drink was in order to calm ourselves down.
So we found a little English bar, which proved to be very english (meaning the prices were that of the same in England) so moved next door t a rather authentic feeling colombian bar. we likey.
then we went to another bar called circus and had a very pricey cocktail. Fiona decided she wanted to dance, and even though i was a bit tired, i thought why not.
However, nowhere was open. so we bumped into a colo,bian, an american and a mexican who took us to a casino. (we did not gambe, but had a free drink) and got bored after about 5 mins. Fi wanted to dance. they told us there was a discotek downstiars, so we made our way to there, only to be told NO GRINGOS! the night was not turning out good. No one back home would get away with that kind of racism!!!
so we drove off to try and find a place open. and the american got all excited when he saw a strip club. and it was open. oh joy.
So my first ever strip club visit was about to happen in Colombia!wow! only after going in and sitting down for about 5 mins we realised,this was no strip bar. It was a flamin Brothel!!!!! oh lordy! we danced a bit, which really wound the women up as they thought we were trying to steal their punters, and then made a very bad, but it worked escape from the colombian, american and mexican.
They were annoying us, and we just wanted to go, but they were watching us like hawks. when we made an escape to the door and tried to grab a cab, he guy followed us out. he just would not take a hint. Then fi came up with the amazing plan of pretending to be ill. and it worked - just about. woohooo! FREEDOM!!!
The next day we craved being healthy, and thought we were being very smug when we found a little place that did Fruit Salad, and we ordered the Fruit Salad ROYAL! It had to be good. but alas when it came, lets just say it was not quite what we expeceted. Ice Cream, tinned fruit, marshmallows, chocolate sauce, biscuit things and.........CHEESE!! it was disgusting!