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South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento July 4th 2011

So here I sit still in Salento day 19, July 4th 2011. Salento is so peaceful. Let me tell you about a typical day. My alarm is set for 8:30. Sometimes I get up before it goes off, or I might sleep for an extra 10-15 minutes. I don't have to get up but I do want to keep some kind of schedule. Beside breakfast is served from 7-10 and it is included with your room. Breakfast is 2 eggs, a roll, and 2 cups of coffee with fresh raw milk straight from the cow. I don't normally drink coffee but when I travel it is free so I drink it. I drink 2 cups here at La Serrena because Jon makes good old American coffee. Usually coffee is very strong and bitter so it is ... read more
Salento sunset
Salento sunset
Salento sunset

South America » Colombia » Quindío » Salento June 28th 2011

So here I sit in Salento Colombia, the scene of the crime. This is where it all started for me. The gestation of a 14 month odyssey, trek, journey, sabbatical or whatever one would chose to call this thing I am on. Salento is in the Zona Cafetera region, the coffee region of Colombia, up in the mountains. About 7-9 hours east of Bogota depending on the bus. An hour north of Armenia if you can find it on the map. The town is very small and relies on coffee, trout farming, and tourists as it is the gateway to Valle de Cocora. Cocora has great hiking up a trail to the top of a mountain passing through grassy hills and palma de cera, or wax palms. Then the cloud forest until you reach the top ... read more
Lunch at Lucy's
Lunch at Lucy's
Horatio milking the cows

South America » Colombia » Bogota June 15th 2011

"Open your heart, open your mind A train is leaving all day A wonderful trip through our time And laughter is all U pay" Prince, Around the World in a Day, 1985 So here it is my first blog entry. I actually wanted to start this before I left but I am a big time procrastinator. So when you leave on a 14 month trip your last meal is important. I went with a couple of friends to Carnevino, one of the best, if not the best steakhouse in Vegas. It is a Mario Batali restaurant and known for its dry aged steaks. I'm not talking 30 days dry aged, but up to 90 days of dry aging. The best steak that I ever had was the dry aged bone-in ribeye from there. It is only ... read more




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