So we finally left Santa Marta. It was hot, muggy, and the house was crowded. It was enjoyable stay, but needless to say, we were all ready to leave.
We headed back to Barranquilla for to stay with my cousins again before flying to Bogotá, and the three days we were in Barranquilla were definitely the most fun so far on the trip. We got to my cousins’ house Monday afternoon and didn’t do much that day, but I did get this nice example picture of three pretty large trucks squeezing into the road side-by-side.
But the real fun started on Tuesday night. Our cousin kept telling us about these awesome go-karts when we were previously staying at his house, but we never got the opportunity to try them out, so we decided we had to before leaving for Bogotá. These go-karts were the funnest, most dangerous go-karts I have ever ridden. They go ridiculously fast, but the best part was drifting around the sharp turns. I somehow managed not to get thrown out after hitting my mom two or three times, John a couple times, and my grandpa once……but no one was hurt; although my knee was pretty bruised. The point is, it was awesome. So awesome that we returned the next night. I’m proud to say that I played a clean game and managed to win the first race. In fact, John almost got kicked out for hitting me twice, but I must admit that it wasn’t as bad as any of my hits the previous day. David won the second race, along with his name on the board of fastest times in the number 4 position! He was using one of the karts they had just finished working on, and he said it was a lot faster than the others, scary even. I’m not trying to take credit away from his good time. If anything it’s more difficult and takes more skill to drive a faster car around turns as sharp as those. Here’s David going super fast.
We headed out for the airport the next morning. Unfortunately Grandma got really sick that morning, and also on the flight because of the turbulence. I, personally, enjoy flying and turbulence because it’s like being on a rollercoaster.
My aunt’s house is huge…and so is her dog, but I love her dog. His name is Gaston, and he’s amazing. He’s the guard dog, and he’s extremely intimidating, especially when he runs at you barking. When we first arrived here, he would constantly think us to be intruders whenever we’d come downstairs because he wasn’t used to us, but after I spent a lot of time playing with him, he got used to me, and he’s a a really sweet dog.
Oh, and I also met some really awesome bears in the grocery store. We walked in and I saw three big blue bears walking from the back of the store. I grabbed on and asked to take a picture and he did. So that was cool, but next thing I know I’m being picked up by this other bear who saw we were taking pictures. Thus…
Two days after my cousins took my family to the outskirts of Bogotá, and we explored an old Native American site. We hiked a ways up the mountains to a lagoon that the Natives used for ceremonial offerings.
They would set gold on the surface of the lagoon and let it sink to the bottom, but when the Spanish conquistadors showed up they stole a lot of the gold from the edges of the lagoon, but the lagoon is so deep that there is still tons of gold lying at the bottom of the lagoon.
I saw a bright green frog.
Our tour guide, who was a descendant of these Natives, was saying that the water from the lagoon at one point filled the bowl-shaped mountains to the brim…pretty crazy, look.
So then we went out to dinner, blah blah blah.
The next few days we did a lot of walking around the city and shopping and stuff. We went to the main plaza with the Mayor’s house, a big Cathedral, and the main Bank.
the next day we went to lunch at my cousins’ house. They took us to the huge library which was built to resemble a shell. My favorite part about the library was running on the slanted walls. It sounds a lot lamer than it was. It really was awesome.
Then we went to the athletic training center for a short while and watched this dude jump off the high jumps.
That night we roamed around the mall. I tried out a 3D TV (Not that great) and a 3DS (Awesome).
Oh! We were without water the next day, by the way.
The next day we went took cable cars up a mountain to an old Cathedral which looks onto another mountain with a huge statue of Jesus on it. After a lot of shopping we headed back down and did some more walking. First to the house of the liberator of Colombia, then to a Crepes and Waffles, and all the way back home.
And today was great. I stayed home, watched The Other Guys, and relaxed all day. It was nice to rest up.
Well, I don’t think the trip really includes many more adventures since we’re so close to the end, so this could very well be the last post. We have 3 more days to do stuff, a day of packing, and then we head back. I wish I could say the trip has blown by, but it’s the exact opposite. It feels like it has been forever since I was back in Tallahassee. It has been a great experience, but a LONG experience, and I’m ready to go home. I expect the next few days we’ll do a little with the family, but spend most of the time getting the last of our presents for YOU, then it’s time to pack up and say good-bye.
This is my cousins’ kitten…Meow