19.12.2011 - 26.12.2011 20 °C
The last week has been a whirlwind of settings, adventures, thick and thin, and holiday cheer.
A week ago we were camping in idyllic Tayrona National Park, outside of Taganga, with picture perfect sunsets during the day and hurricane force winds blowing the tent over at night. We hiked out of the jungle in true adventurer fashion and rode motorcycle taxis back into to town, just in time to catch a 18-hour overnight bus to Medellin, a beautiful, modern, mile high city squeezed in between mountains. Near the main coffee growing region of the country and famous for it's transformation and nearly-perfect weather year round, Medellin is an amazing sight and a wonderful place to spend Christmas.
We have shopped at the mall, taken a cable car up the mountain in a residential neighborhood, and toured the botanical garden.
But mostly we have just taken some time to enjoy food, drink, and the customs that we miss most from home.
Like cookie decorating!
And loads of presents!
And eating till we collapse in a food coma!
Soon, we will head back to Cartagena for New Year's to remember, and seeing as how most of the locals head to the coast for their celebration, we will be in good company.