Back in Medellin, we took a day trip to Guatapé. 2 hours there on the bus, through the mountains and by lots of farms. The area around Guatapé was controlled by rebels until 2006 and the govt still has security checkpoints on the roads in and out of the area. 3 soldiers searched the bus (for weapons) and most of the people on it along with their bags, strangely not me though. After that 15 minute formality we arrived at the piedra de penol, a massive monolithic rock with a 360 degree view of the lake (reservoir) near the town. 649 steps to the lookout point for the view.
After climbing up, and down again, we walked the 3km along the non existent shoulder on the highway to the town (described in my guidebook as a pleasant lake side pathway). The town itself was charming, small and full of colorful buildings and a nice laid back central plaza. Every building in town seemed to have the Colombia vs Ecuador football game on, with everyone in town watching it. A nice laid back atmosphere strangely, with the most subdued celebrations of the 2-0 win later on that night in Medellin. Very un-latin American.
Last day in Medellin, meant the last day before my return to America. Low key day, bought a bunch of weird tropical fruit and ate it all, stuff I’m gonna miss soon enough and had a few beers at the local beer house that’s become our local hangout. That and the formality of figuring out how to pack for the next couple weeks.
Almost one year now since I flew from San Francisco to Japan to begin the intercontinental part of my trip. I’ll be back in SF one year to the day I was there last year. Tomorrow morning, early, I’m flying to Miami where I’ll be on my own again (my Uncle’s going home) for my last few weeks of the trip. Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles. My travel pace will be picking up a bit once I hit US soil.
I’m not too sad to re enter the US at this point, though I wish I could’ve explored Colombia a bit more and not be running out of cash. Just have to make sure it’s not that long before I’m crossing international borders again. I’ve already got ideas for my next trip(s). It’s just really strange to think that in a couple days I’ll be in Chicago in totally familiar places. Though after that it’s on to California to scout it out some more.
Signing off from the rest of the world, this year has been great beyond belief. I’ll be back out here as soon as I can.