My last night in colombia was spent at a newly built "farm" called Rancho Relaxo owned by one Australian and 5 Canadians. They very recently started this place and will official open for tourists next month. So me and a English girl got a preview before any one else! For now it's a big house with dorm rooms and a outside kitchen. They have their own small waterfall with pool you can swim in. We (inviga) by skinny dipping in the night after a few cocktails. They have two dogs and heaps of chickens, a garden with herbs and vegetables, a mango tree and their very own masseuse which we also tried! It's a perfect place to relax or party if that's what you want, rom, vodka, cranberry gin, whiskey even something called snakebite... Beware of that one;) the guys who owns it is awesome and very relaxed! Defiantly one of the best days and worst hangovers here in Colombia!
3 nights were spent in Taganga, a small fishing village and party place for backpackers. The beachfront is full of small open air bars and the rest is old school grit roads with a lot of diving schools along them. Diving and snorkeling is suppose to be good I wouldn't know since I mostly spent my days at a reggae cafe drinking the best Colombian coffee ever!
A week on a remote beach, white sand, crystal clear water, no Internet, only electricity at night powered by generators, living in a tiny hut with palm leafs as a roof, eating freshly caught fish, drinking coco water, listening to live Latin music, dozing off in the gaze of the sun and falling asleep to the waves thundering next to you. That's Playa Blanca in Colombia and where I spent my last week.
I got there by bus/ferry/motorbike. I was very lucky to run into a Colombian artist named Dickson with a motorbike willing to take me all the way to playa blanca. Sitting there on the bike roaming trough the scruffy roads, barely able to see because of the rain, it suddenly hit me, if the bike crashes I'm fucked, I'm dead. But it was all good, steady as a rock Dickson took me around the island showing me his artwork in fancy resorts and helping me out to find a place to stay and bargain for me, such a nice guy!
The days were spent on the beach snoozing in the sun and cooling off in the sea. The evenings I went to various bar shacks eating and drinking local specialties and hanging out with any people that would be around. It was a mix of one-night-tourists , local Colombians and Latin American season workers. Practicing my Spanish and jamming with the latin musicians.
Life was easy, even tho the toilets is only a wobbly stinky seat with no regular flush, and cold showers from a bucket- This paradise and a paradise very easy to get lost in.
A week in Rio de Janeiro is almost over and my final stop will be Colombia. It's been a week with perfect beach weather and a lot of wild parties. I have a few stories but they are all way to crazy to tell you here on the blog..
And even tho I have had time to do all these touristic stuff, you know see the statue of Christ, the viewpoint called sugar loaf and favela tour and so on... I just couldn't be bothered, the beach and the parties have been way more appealing than pretending to enjoy the city in a group of tourists. I do however have pictures of it from distance, hahaha! Enjoy!
the weather is good so the most of the time I spend in the park chilling with the geese, black swans or skating. The evenings is spent in "botecos" some sort of brazilian diner with snacks and beer with friends. And the other day I went up to one of the viewpoints here in São Paulo. 37th floor and 360 view of this massive city!
so I arrived in Brazil and São Paulo. After a 18 hour buss ride cross the border from Argentina.
First I met up with a friend (Marcelo) of mine that I met 3 years ago in Australia. He has been showing me the city often referred as "the concrete jungle" witch is a perfect name. A city of concrete and graffiti.
We've been long boarding every day so far and I love it! And the other day we met up with Alberto, another friend I know from Australia. It's great having friends around to show you all the cool places in this big big city.
So I finally left Buenos Aires. Two months of party, learning Spanish, hanging out with skaters ,meeting wonderful people and just enjoying the vibe of one of the best cities in the world has come to an end.
I took a 18 hour bus ride north to Puerto Iguazu to see the Iguazu waterfalls on the Argentinian side. And woooooow was that amazing! It's just incredible hearing and see the force of the water! I think the pictures just have to do because its impossible describing the feeling of being there.
These vicious little bastards is all over and they will try to steal your food, they will be sneaky and even fight you for your bag of crisps or sandwich..
the day I've been waiting 3 weeks for finally arrived! 2 days of live music at the Pepsi music festival in Buenos Aires! I went with some friends I met in the hostel and we had so much fun. The first day it was raining like crazy so the set was a field of slippery mud but that didn't matter. We saw so many good bands and the atmosphere was incredible. The second day couldn't be better, the sun was shining and the bands really delivered! We saw keiser chiefs, black keys, queens of the Stone Age, pearl jam, Alabama shakes, hot chip, two door cinema club! Both two days was more than I hoped for and I'm so happy I stayed longer in BA for it
I finally made some sort of travel plan. I will stay in buenos aires for another 2 weeks to go to a music festival where Black Keys, Pearl Jam, Queen of the Stone Age and lots more bands will play for 2 days. Then finally I'm leaving (6 april) to go to Iguazu falls up north in Argentina to get drained in water by the falls. After that I'll go to Brazil (Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro) to meet up with some friends. And then it's time to see the spectacular Machu Picchu in Peru!
The time here in BA has been amazing, the city sucks you in and it's hard to leave.. But after 2 months in Argentina it's about time to do some proper traveling yeah?!
Sam telmo in BA has a lot of cool bars and cafes. But they are hard to find when most of them are hidden behind doors that looks just like a private residency. But when you do find them, baah it's magic!