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Got distracted at the beach

COLOMBIA | Wednesday, 28 May 2008 | Views [644]

Originally I planned to be there for 1 day. But it wasn´t enough. So next time I went, I planned for 3 days, but at the end, I spent 1 week there. Tayrona National Park is a very pretty place, people are nice, but in the end I was glad to leave. So this is what happened. On that first day, Wednesday, I went with 2 guys from the hostel to Tayrona, they were visiting a friend who was volunteering there, and we brought him a case of beers. Whilst we were there we checked out the main beach, Arrecifes, it was looooovely. Big, wide, edged with creepers, then palm trees, then jungle. The sand was white-ish and soft. Water was clear and warm, but strong currents so no good for swimming. It really looked like the paradise I had imagined in my head.

The next day, we went back there packed to stay 2 nights. I brought some fruits with me, all was good. On the way I separated from the 2 guys, arranged to meet them at the beach, but after waiting for 2 hours they didn´t turn up. It was getting dark and I had to get accomodation. I went to the shabbier camping/hammock renting place on the beach. A guy came running up to me before I was even close, to talk to me (let me give you some background, many guys in Colombia try very hard to talk to me, go out of their way, follow me, offer me all sorts of gifts to get my attention). Anyways, I got involved with these 3 old Colombian men all trying to get my attention and favours. None of them succeeded of course, but their attempts really made me feel seedy. It was nice to be invited to homecooked meals, and given local delicacies, but in the end I wandered if I was taking advantage of their hospitality, or if I was being compromised. Hmmm.

On the other hand, I do have an amazing tan, lost some weight due to not eating much whist at the beach (just wasn´t hungry), and have read a really good book called Middlesex by the guy who wrote Virgin Suicides, who´s name I have forgotten.

Next stop, Medellin! Apparently a really cool city. Can´t wait. Tomorrow I go diving. Yay!


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