eyes wide open
Fondest memory: It's not unusual for something you've read about for awhile to disappoint you especially when it comes to the world of travel but that usually confines itself to destinations, places you have to see or even a local delicacy. It does not generally apply to the transportation getting there but that can be the case when getting there is a bit of an adventure in itself and to be honest perhaps one of the reasons for going in the first place. This was the case with Mompos which most logically would be reached via the Rio Magdalena but that mode of transit is quickly drying up, forgive the pun. Not that a paved highway has taken its place. No, no matter which direction you come from, it will involve some hardship of comfort and considerable time. Coming from the east is still the least traveled and reading about 4x4s traversing sandy back roads sure did sound romantic. Now, that we were sitting in said vehicle it was perhaps less so but only when it came to comfort. The scenery was special and with more time it could be an area to explore in itself but for now we had to content ourselves with fleeting images of small villages painted in jungle-like swaths across an otherwise barren sandy horizon. Oh to stop just once was all I could think, camera at the ready as bounced two and fro along with not only my wife but also our 4x4 companions. The young Colombian couple was not overly standout but their young son was an instant charmer, clutching onto the handle of the seat in front of us all. He seemed as much with us as his parents but at that age you are a natural explorer, fearful of little and eyes wide open to all that is around you. We tried to take a cue from our young comrade as we made our way through a scene we had only read about up till then. Eyes wide open indeed but not always on that which we had read about but on him, the kind of thing they forget to mention when describing transportation. There the kind of thing that make it worthwhile in the first place.
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Dropping the Water Bag Mompos Blues
Favorite thing: Mompos does not have many sights per se but it does have lots of atmosphere to soak up. There's no better way then getting out early morning and enjoying the quiet streets of this steamy town. You might catch some local cats enjoying the same wrought iron windows you are trying to get photos of if you are lucky.
Fondest memory: One of our fondest and surely our cutest memory of Colombia happened quite by accident in Mompos. It is a hot steamy town and keeping hydrated is a necessary daily chore. Thankfully, bulk water is cheap. We found a little place that sold only that: big bags of water. We got a five liter one for 1700 COP (85 cents) and set off for our room but decided to take a small detour through town to take some photos. The water pouch was inside a separate plastic bag as it did not have the normal handle such pouches normally have. Who can argue at those prices?! While walking through town, the handle broke and the heavy pouch dropped quickly and not surprisingly broke immediately, sending water in all directions, including all over my sandals. A few locals thought it very funny and became hysterical. It didn't seem so funny to me but their continued mirth had me even laughing after a few minutes. I guess it was a comic episode from anyone's view point other than the one it happened to. So, I went back to buy another pouch and the owner of the store was surprised to see us so soon. No one could drink that much water so quickly. We still had the pouch with us and showed it to him, mostly just so we would not feel so stupid buying another so soon. He insisted on giving us another one for free despite our saying we didn't mind paying again. He was just one more of the incredibly honest Colombians that get forgotten when people speak about the few bad apples that give the country a bad rap.
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