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Santa Marta, Our Home

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I wasn't lucky enough to execute my New Year's Eve plan last night. Instead the blasting meringue kept me up until 2 or 3 in the morning, by which time I was almost weeping with fatigue. But the sunny weather today made up for my nocturnal tortures, and we spent the morning hiking and being tossed by the most intense waves I've ever swam in. Afterwards Tayrona seemed to us like an idyllic paradise, and we were reluctant to leave. However, our food was running out and I couldn't face the increasingly unreliable toilets any longer, so leave we did, hiking another 1.5 hours to get out of the park, and now my legs are so tired I wish I could detach them from my body. But I'll have to wait because I'll need them for when we go scuba diving tomorrow.

We saw Rasmus and Isa in the street in Santa Marta this evening. I think it will be the last time. All the foreign tourists seem to hate Santa Marta, but Chris and I have come to view it as a sort of home. We know where to eat, which supermarket is cheaper, the going price for a milkshake (which we order every night). It's not a pretty city, nor does it have a wealth of tourist activities, but it does us just fine. Taganga by contrast seems a sweet little town tucked in a cove, a place where all the gringos and other tourists stay, which has never recommended a place to me. Gringos + sleepy usually means overpriced and inconvenient...

Posted by chschen 16:00 Archived in Colombia

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