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Archive for May, 2009

Yer Man & Yer Wan

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Along with Sharon who I’m traveling with there is another Irish person on the tour who is staunchly patriotic (aren’t all Irish) and who I can only understand about 75% of what he says. I haven’t heard them use ‘good craic’ (fun) or ‘grand’ the expressions I commonly associate with the Irish. But when they […]

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Los Llanos

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

From Merida we booked a four day tour of Los Llanos a plains savannah to the south of the Andes mountain range in the hopes of seeing an anaconda (giant snake) with some piranha fishing, rafting, horse back riding and bird watching thrown in.

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Tandem Paragliding

Friday, May 29th, 2009

I have decided that paragliding is the new sport I am going to take up. I loved it. I got to fly our chute and the guy who took me said that I had the right attitude for it. When I told my grandmother her response was, well I could have done that in New […]

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Joking in Spanish

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

One of the appeals of traveling with Sharon was that we were both going to go to Merida in Venezuela and take Spanish classes but we ended up booking all these tours so we made the most of having a tour guide to ourselves to practice Spanish as much as we could. As we were […]

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Lightening Phenomena

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

There is this strange phenomena over Lago Maracaibo (largest lake in South America) of lightening with no thunder which they think is produced by wind igniting methane gas. So we did a two day tour to see the lightening and stayed up and saw the sky lightening up with flashes until two in the morning […]

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Black Market and Petrol Prices in Venezuela

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Citizens of Venezuela can not exchange the local currency (B = bolivars) very easily for foreign currency and then it is fixed to 2.1B to 1 US dollar and 3.7B to 1 € so a black market exists in dollars ($1=5.6B) and Euros (€1= 7.5B). So Venezuelans who are dealing with foreigners offer a service […]

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Stopped at the Venezuelan Border

Monday, May 25th, 2009

I was really worried about getting out of Colombia as I had a temporary imported bike registered against my passport and thought that I would have to explain where it was. Instead I had no problems getting out of Colombia but they wouldn’t let us into Venezuela without a flu shot which apparently the nurse […]

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Parque Nacional Tayrona

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

One of the main sights of Colombia is a lost city but when we heard that you would spend most of the six day track into the jungle wet we decided that we would rename the eight hour trek into the city ruins in the Tayrona National park the lost city. We got to swim […]

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Diving in Taganga

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Susan (the Canadian) had an underwater camera that she let me use on the dive. The visibility wasn’t great but we did see a lot of different sea life. After diving we met up with some people who were also on our boat from Panama. While we were playing cards at a restaurant with them […]

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Public Transport

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

I am meeting an Irish (Sharon) and Canadian (Susan) girl that I met on the boat to Colombia in, Taganga, a fishing village four hours away from Cartagena. It took me less than two hours to miss my bike using public transportation. Somehow the journey that cost everyone else 20,400 cost me 72,000 as I […]

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