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Windy Road, Flowers & a City Walk

Mixed Bag

semi-overcast 25 °C

Day 11
Friday February 9, 2018
Tejo turned out to be a team game somewhat like horseshoes. It’s the national sport of Colombia. First you get a beer. Then you throw a 1.5lb steel puck at a ring buried in clay and surrounded by papers with explosives. Closest to the ring gets a point for the team, in the ring gets 3 points, and cause an explosion and get 5 points. First team to 10 wins. Then you get another beer and start again.

Today we headed off to a flower farm about 1.5 hours from here. We took a short cut. Thank goodness Colombian drivers are so cooperative. The road was windiest and narrowest we’ve seen but fortunately it wasn’t on a ridge. We did have to back up once or twice when we met a car on particularly narrow sections. We were expecting fields of flowers but instead arrived at a small family farm. They grew flowers for local use and had a tourist business based on explaining to people about a Medellin tradition silleteros parade. Apparently the native people used to carry their produce to market over the mountain as night to be in there in the morning. During Colonial times, the Spaniards realized that the natives were very strong and had them strap chairs to their backs so that they could sit and be carried over the mountains. Fortunately this practice eventually stopped and the natives adapted the chairs to carry their flowers and produce to market. Every year they have a huge festival in Medellin where about 500 farmers carry huge flower arrangements on their backs, weighing up to 200 lbs on their backs. The family has won the accompanying floral contest 3 times and now has 12 members allowed to enter.

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The afternoon activity was to go on a 4 hour walking tour of Downtown Medellin. Our tour guide was very good. Not only did he take us to a number of significant parts of Medellin, but he explained a lot to us about the more recent history, politics, and culture of the town. After being given instruction, our group managed to find it’s way to the tour starting point and back to the hotel without our leader on the Metro (like Sky Train). Only one incident when the train was so crowded we didn’t all manage to get in on time and got left behind for the next train.

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The area that we are staying in is very trendy and foody. Colombia seems to have a strong food scene. Tonight not so much meat!

Tomorrow we’re off to Cartegena.

Posted by Fredricgail2017 04:29 Archived in Colombia

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