December 4th, 2011
I was up early for a trip to the Tatacoa Desert with several of the students from the university.
Time for lunch!
First part of the meal was a hot soup, not pictured below
Quesillos on the left; Almohabanas on the right very tasty rice bread like things with panala filling
time for a refreshing after lunch drink
We were soon joined by a man who had probably at least his 6th beer in his hand, he was very friendly and said that his son knows English. He wanted me to meet his son, so he yelled over for his son to come join us who was eqaully drunk. Both of them were very friendly and Felipe said, we are very friendly people and even more so when drinking! One thing I have noticed in Colombia is they do not have the same concept of "personal space" like in the U.S. and when they have been drinking, even less so!
We went into town and walked down The Malecon which runs along the Magdelena River. The Magdelena River holds some sacred meaning and is the only river which stretches across the whole country. There is also a myth about Mohan in the river too. Along the walkway in this area there are lots of gift shops, cafe's and restuarants. We stopped and had some coffee. The state we are in, Huila, has the distinction of growing the best coffee in the world.
There is a very large structure in the form of Mohan the mythologicy being. We went inside and climbed the stairs to the top which gave a fantastic view of the city on one side and jungle on the other.
We took a taxi back to Sandra's and spent the rest of the evening in conversation, I tried some cactus wine and coffee wine. I really liked the coffee wine. It was 12 hours later when this day ended with my new friends here and I am being challenged even more so to want to come back!
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