The grand finale!!! (San Andres Island, Colombia)


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March 15th 2011
Published: March 16th 2011
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Janualy 17th - 30th

(Slovenian version below)

After exactly one hundred days of exploring South American continent we are safe and sound back home in cold Slovenia. Eventually all the fuss calmed down and we found some time to wrap up our spectacular adventure.

So after a brief visit to Cartagena, we could hardly wait to board the plane and off we were towards Colombian paradise island, San Andres. After an hour, the ground switched completely… it was still Colombia but hardly recognizable! English instead of Spanish, reggae music echoes from every corner and oldtimers and scooters are rushing down narrow streets. The most notable are tourists with golf-carts driving madly across the island. Because of super high season the island was full of Colombian tourists (who are even worse than the Germans…explanation follows) so we booked the apartment in advance. We could not recommend more Mr. Werner, the owner of the Katty's paradise house and Dive Center Karibik . Really friendly guy offers you all the information you need, has great equipment, cute rooms and a lot of good mood☺

We could hardly wait to jump in the gorgeous blue water of the San Luis beach so we spent the first day playing in the water, drinking fresh Pina Colada, making new Rasta friends and enjoying the evening sun.

The first insight into the underwater world of the Caribbean was the next morning - two dives: Blue Wall and Trampa Tortuga. Unfortunately, the first dive, I again had enormous problems with equalizing and was all miserable, not being able to enjoy a first-class dive spot like Blue Wall was ... but I was quickly consoled, because the other dive was problem-less and just plane FANTASTIC! Diving was really excellent - great visibility, lots of fish, shark, sea horse, Eagle Ray, Sting Ray, and much much more! All together we did 8 dives and we can recommend: Blue Wall (great wall and swim-through), Trampa Tortuga (really great visibilty), Montanita, Pyramid (shallow but lots of fish), Dedo de Mr. Morgan and El Faro (shallow but really special - loads of caves and swim-through).

We spent our afternoons in the company of great food, lying on the beach and of course, a little shopping was involved, given that the entire island is "Duty Free".
In the evenings we were entertained by some funny Colombian karaoke-like music or reggae music with
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The famous Pina Colada served in fresh coconut
mandatory smell of herbs☺
We had superb 2 days when we rented a scooter and explored the beaches of the island. And the last day we spent on the crazy beautiful island Johny Key ... of course it was full of tourists, but thank God they all stick to six square meters, so it was still possible to find a remote corner just for us.
It was also time for the last Colombian party and it was all about the white rum and Aguardiente again, spiced with some good salsa dancing! God, how will I miss it!!!

We started getting bumps in our throats, butterflies visited the stomach… and we had to return back to the cold Bogota ... meaning we were left with the last two days of our adventure! Uroš’ facial expression tells you all (I haven’t seen him so cranky for a long time☺). The last stroll down the Colombian streets, had some tropical fruits, chicken and fried potatoes, drank the last Aguila, had some sweets to die for... and flew back to freezing Europe.

Unfortunately Uros had to leave London earlier because of his Graduation ceremony. But I on the other hand got cheered up by my nephew Gašper who gave me the biggest hug... and for the next 3 days all I could hear was Anja, Anja, Anja ☺

So, now we are at home struggling with the harsh reality of finding a job, but somewhere in the back of our mind we’re already thinking, planning, dreaming about how we’re gonna fly back to heaven! Thanks to all who have followed us and I hope that the continuation is coming ASAP!!


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Po točno stotih dneh raziskovanja južno-ameriške celine sva cela in zdrava doma, v mrzli Sloveniji. Končno se je ves direndaj pomiril in našla sva malo časa, da lahko narediva še zaključek najine dogodivščine.

Torej po kratkem obisku Cartagene sva že komaj čakala da se vkrcava na letalo in poletiva na tako težko pričakovani kolumbijski rajski otok, San Andres. Čez dobro uro priletiva v popolnoma drugačno Kolumbijo - angleščina namesto španščine, reggae glasba odmeva iz vsakega kotička, stari oldtimerji se vozijo po ozkih ulicah in mimo drvi še pa še skuterjev. Najbolj opazni pa so turisti, ki z golf-carti šibajo po otoku. Zaradi super visoke sezone je otok POLN kolumbijskih turistov, ki so za naše običaje še hujši kot nemci☺. Apartma sva torej rezervirala že v naprej in ne bi mogla bolj pohvaliti Wernerja, lastnika stanovanj Katty’s paradise in Dive Center Karibik . Res prijazen možakar ti nudi vse informacije, ki jih potrebiješ, da maksimalno uživaš na otoku, super potapljaško opremo, lušne sobe in veliko dobre volje☺
Komaj sva se še zadrževala in praktično sva stekla do bližnje plaže zaliva San Luis kjer sva čofotala po nizki turkizni vodi, pila svežo Pino Colado in uživala ob večernem soncu.

Prvi vpogled v podvodni svet karibov je bil že naslednje jutro – potop Blue Wall in Trampa Tortuga. Na žalost sem pri prvem potopu spet imela gromozanske probleme z izenačevanjem in bila vsa nesrečna, ker nisem mogla do dobra uživati enega najboljših dive spotov… ampak sem se hitro potolažila, ker je bil drug dive že brez problemov in res FENOMENALNO vidljivostjo – kej tazga pa še ne!! Diving je bil res odličen – super vidljivost, veliko ribic, morski pes, morski konjiček, Eagle Ray, Sting Ray in še in še! Naredila sva vse skupaj 8 potopov in lahko priporočava: Blue Wall (Super koralna stena in tunel), Trampa Tortuga (izvrstna vidljivost), Montanita, Pyramid (plitek potop z ogromno ribami), Dedo de Mr. Morgan in El Faro (plitek, vendar veliko jam in tunelov).

Popoldneve sva preživela ob dobri hrani na plaži in pa seveda malo tudi po trgovinah, glede na to da je cel otok “Duty Free”. Večere pa ob smešni kolumbijski ali pa regge glasbi z obveznim vonjem po zeliščih☺ Jamaica v malem☺
Super dneve sva imela tudi, ko sva rentala skuter in raziskovala plaže otoka. Zadnji dan pa sva preživela na noro lepem otočku Johny Key… ampak seveda je bil POLN turistov, ki pa se hvala bogu vsi držijo na šestih kvadratnih metrih, tako da je kakšen samotni kotiček še vedno samo zate.
Čas je bil še za zadnji kolumbijski žur in spet je tekel beli rum in Aguardiente v potokih in pa seveda plesalo je staro in mlado!! Kako bom to pogrešala!!!

Začelo je stiskati v grlu, metuljčki so obiskali želodec…in treba se je bilo vrniti v mrzlo Bogoto… pomenivši zadnja dva dneva najine aventure! Urošev izraz na obrazu pomeni vse (tako tečnega ga že dolgo nisem videla☺), tako sva se še zadnjič sprehodila po kolumbijskih tleh, najedla tropskega sadja, piščanca in pečenega krompirja, spila zadnjo Aguilo, posladkala s sladkiši da dol padeš in... poletela nazaj proti zmrznjeni
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Last glimpse of colonial capital
Evropi.

Uroš je na žalost dobil obvestilo o podelitvi diplome, tako da je predčasno odšel iz Londona, mene pa je v dobro voljo spravil moj mali Gašperček, ki me je tako zelo na veliko objel… in od takrat je bilo 3 dni slišati samo Anja, Anja Anja☺

Tako, zdaj sva doma in se soočava s težko realnostjo iskanja službe, v ozadnju pa že delava plane kako in kdaj bova spet poletela do neba! Hvala vsem, ki ste naju spremljali in upam da čimpreje sledi nadaljevanje!








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I think the excitement is quite obvious:)
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Flight to San Andres

The view of the island from the plane
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The first Pina Colada
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What can we say... damn gorgeous!
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View of the Johny Cay island
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Chillin with Coco-Loco
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For all you fellas... here are some true Colombian pearls:)
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Luka's spectacular view:)
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Luka having some lovin'
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Our terace

Anja made us a great...huge chicken salad
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Evening at Decameron

Our evenings were entertained by the hilarious shows at Hotel Decameron...
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Evening at Decameron

I have to say the costumes are spectacular...specially for boys:)
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Evening at Decameron

Relaxing with the sound of reggae from "Killah bar", San Luis


16th March 2011
Johny Cay Island

Uros! Where is you killer tan???
17th March 2011

lost tan :)
Anja stole it!! For me it was more drinking cocktails and relaxing in the shade :P
5th June 2011

What a wonderful way to end your travels
I've enjoyed your blogs so hope you will continue to take short trips and blog about them. We'd love to hear about your home area. We are thinking of going to Columbia so reading your blogs have given us some ideas. Thanks for sharing.
7th June 2011

Thanks for the compliment. We have some blogs on standby for publishing from our previous trips (Russia, Morocco,...), but there is no time to finish them...I hope we'll manage shortly. Blogging about Slovenia is also a future idea, but first we need to go travel around it. You know - first you wanna see everthing else but your own country :P

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