From the Rio Magdalena to the Panama border

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January 13th 2014
Published: February 23rd 2014
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On my way south I stopped for a couple of days in the idyllic backwater of Mompos - a Unesco World Heritage site full of beautiful colonial merchant houses and churches along the Rio Grande de la Magdalena. Life moves along at a snail pace with locals relaxing in the early evening in doorways and squares with their kids and neighbours - invariably in a locally made wicker rocking chair. Being a li... Read Full Entry

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concha & pulpoconcha & pulpo
concha & pulpo

delicious dinner of locally caught seafood (octopus and sea snail)
paradise islandparadise island
paradise island

Whiled away the afternoon here with a few coldies
Sapzurro Sapzurro

View from the border crossing with Panama from La Miel

Stayed in a local hostal in Sapzurro run by a Peruvian lady and her Colombian husband, and she made us an amazing dinner of ceviche of local crayfish and prawns
Plaza BoteroPlaza Botero
Plaza Botero

It is pretty amazing that the famous artist Fernando Botero donated 23 statues in this park - as well as works in the local Museo de Antioquia - to bring up the standard of this previously poor neighbourhood
funny Boterofunny Botero
funny Botero

gotta love a dude that plays around with proportions

This Botero statue of the Bird of Peace was blown up by a guerilla bomb and killed many people. The artist wanted it left as a memorial to the victims and a symbol that violence will not prevail.

Fernando Botero´s painting depicting the death of Pablo Escobar
pimp my churchpimp my church
pimp my church

Just when you think the churches are for praying, this one is instead surrounded by prostitutes plying their wares and looking for a quickie hook-up
Parque BerrioParque Berrio
Parque Berrio

This park is full of entertainment to amuse the locals like musicians and gambling games
porn churchporn church
porn church

You can buy pirate porn DVD´s next to this church. Choice buy of the week was ´Zoofilia´.
Medellin Metro CableMedellin Metro Cable
Medellin Metro Cable

How about a progressive city that puts the most expensive public transport - a cable car no less - plus 3 huge public libraries in the poorest neighbourhoods and slums

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