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JACK RON AND JOHNNY

COLOMBIA | Tuesday, 17 Jan 2006 | Views [2714]

Whereas my affair with the fine Aguila beer already has the feel of a lasting, dare I say life-long, relationship about it. My shallow trysts with the national hards drinks of Colombia will remain as just that, flirtations trysts and dalliances. So far ... Read more >

Tags: Party time


LAST MINUTE SHOPPING

COLOMBIA | Monday, 16 Jan 2006 | Views [1033]

The last week has gone thundering by and it is only a matter of days now until I board that jet that will take me back to Europe's icy shores. I'm spending a day in Miami with Hannah and Halland and despite this delightful interlude there is no holding ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating


TUGGIN' AND RUBBIN'

COLOMBIA | Sunday, 15 Jan 2006 | Views [1279]

No they are NOT two superheroes and YOU know EXACTLY what I'm talking about. I saw this cautionary banner as I was passing the fruit and veg market in El Centro today and I thought I would share it with you. For those of you whose eyes are not as good ... Read more >

Tags: Doctors, hospitals & health


A FRUITY ONE

COLOMBIA | Saturday, 14 Jan 2006 | Views [1855]

O.K. It's time for a little bit of a detox. The beer and Veg and two meat diet is starting to take it's toll. There has been a certain shift in attitudes among those around me, my new nicknames of "El Gordo" and "Sancho Panza", which ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating


FINGER ON THE PULSES

COLOMBIA | Thursday, 12 Jan 2006 | Views [8466]

O.K. A few of my vegetarian friends have been logging on so as promised here are a few pin-ups to set your mouths watering. They will need to since all these are dried pulses, displayed to great effect in large barrels in most of the stores and part of ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating


HEART OF DULLNESS

COLOMBIA | Tuesday, 10 Jan 2006 | Views [1002]

The Rio Magadalena is a large, swift running and altogether impressive body of water let's make no mistake. If it hadn't been for the fact that I knew from the start, that my visit to it would be more of a token than a pilgrimage, then I'm sure I would ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Mercado

COLOMBIA | Sunday, 8 Jan 2006 | Views [1053]

The 'mercado', or 'market' is my favourite place of the lot. I want to hold a barbeque for all the family, to thank them for their kindness and hospitality before I leave. They do not own a grill and the 'cheap', tin, imported jobbies at the home and ... Read more >

Tags: Shopping


El Centro

COLOMBIA | Friday, 6 Jan 2006 | Views [1087]

I've strayed down to the sprawling, heaving mass of El Centro a couple of times now. The guide books will steer you to Del Prado as the more likely tourist spot in Barranquilla but if you like it down and dirty and the gringos thin on the ground then, ... Read more >

Tags: Shopping


Truculent Basque

COLOMBIA | Thursday, 5 Jan 2006 | Views [1009]

To be fair to the Spaniards they did rebuild the place and put it under the command of a certain truculent Basque called Blas de Lezo.(See statue.) This was a horse of a different colour for poor old Vernon. This prickly bastard was 39 years at sea and ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Mail from the Past

COLOMBIA | Wednesday, 4 Jan 2006 | Views [1218]

This was a letter written by a sailor to his wife after the fall of Cartagena in 1739: "When I left you heaven knows it was with an aching heart to be hauled from you by a gang of ruffians but, however, I soon overcame that when I found that we ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Cartagena de Indias

COLOMBIA | Tuesday, 3 Jan 2006 | Views [7723]

This week has been something of a theme week. I've been to Cartagena de Indias which was very much a part of the Spanish main and the site of much swashbuckling and derring do. It is still home to the Colombian Navy, Armada de la Republica de Colombia,which ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


On the Bus

COLOMBIA | Monday, 2 Jan 2006 | Views [815]

I gather however that Europe is undergoing some record breaking artic conditions. Well what a drag. The worst is probably saving itself for my return. In Atlantico it has been predictably hot. Scorchio. It's virtually unchanging at the moment. We might ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


New Year

COLOMBIA | Monday, 2 Jan 2006 | Views [798]

Well 2006 is upon us and the last Christmas lights are blinking tiredly and the street decorations wind-whipped and sun-bleached from their passage through a scorching December. There have been many, many parties over the holiday season starting with ... Read more >

Tags: Party time


FELIZ NAVIDAD

COLOMBIA | Friday, 30 Dec 2005 | Views [741]

Happy Christmas etc:

Tags: Friends


PORK BITS, SPUDS AND UDDERS

COLOMBIA | Friday, 23 Dec 2005 | Views [2381] | Comments [1]

Well, just in time for those of you looking for a few pointers on adding a little variety to the Christmas cuisine, I've decided to make an attempt to broach the subject of food. Initially I made a few mistakes here on the food front. I offered to cook ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating


CREATURES OF A LOST WORLD

COLOMBIA | Thursday, 8 Dec 2005 | Views [1042] | Comments [1]

I think that it was Baudelaire, (correct me if I'm wrong here), who once described cats as "the insects of a lost world". I wonder what the bardlike frenchy would have made of Colombian riot police. These fellows have a covering top to toe of ... Read more >

Tags: People


TU PAPA

COLOMBIA | Thursday, 8 Dec 2005 | Views [2067]

After a day of sweaty chaos we arrived at the game barely on time. Carlos had arranged the tickets and there was no way he was going to let me back out of another game. Unlike the players I'd been wearing my generic, nylon, Junior away shirt all day, ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


LARGATIJA

COLOMBIA | Tuesday, 6 Dec 2005 | Views [2283]

Found this little fellow hanging upside-down in the bathroom. Persuaded Kelly to come to take a look and to tell me what it was. "Aiiiieeeee Largatija...." she squealed. I got out of the bathroom pretty quick, thinking by her reaction that it ... Read more >

Tags: Misadventures


MICHAEL OWEN

COLOMBIA | Saturday, 3 Dec 2005 | Views [1223]

On that fateful day we were nearly struck by the runaway bus the local football team, Barranquilla Junior were playing Cali. Junior Barranquilla are probably the best known and their stadium the most famous in Colombia. Carlos the upstairs neighbour asked ... Read more >

Tags: People


BEACH LIFE

COLOMBIA | Wednesday, 30 Nov 2005 | Views [817]

I unexpectedly met up with a few old friends here: Candy floss and toffee apples. I chanced a toffee-apple despite the state of my teeth and it was perfect; a thin crisp sweet glaze over a cold sour apple. Priceless. A few of the tastes here have really ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


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