Sunday..............Visit to Santa Fe

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Tropical fruit stall on the way to Santa Fe..yes, we really were happy.

I got up at around 20 to 7 to watch F1 which started at 7 am.  Mark Webber finishes ninth and it’s generally a boring race, except that Massa was 3rd on the grid, quickly becoming number one in the first lap, leaving Lewis Hamilton in second position.  Then Hamilton gets a flat tyre (happens to the best of us) and finally finishes 5th and Massa, after leading the race all day, has an engine blow-up in the third last lap and fails to finish.

 

Sometime later we head off to Santa Fe, a tropical town about 1 ½ hours drive from Medellin.  Along the way we go through a tunnel 5 km long, which was opened 2 or 3 years ago.  We go through a toll station, around USD5 each way.

Santa Fe, Main Plaza
  The road has a number of areas where there have been mud/landslides onto the road and we have to go via a longer route as there was a bridge on the main road which was washed away.

 

We stop at some roadside shops where they sell a great variety of tropical fruits.  As we near Santa Fe the weather gets warmer.  There are many holiday type places where you can own or rent villas, with lush tropical gardens and swimming pools.  Some are just single homes on blocks of land, but all have very green gardens.  Although this is the dry season, there has been more rain than usual the last couple of years.  Because of the opening of the tunnel, Santa Fe has become a very popular place for Medellin people to stay for holidays and prices for real estate have risen quite dramatically.

 

We walk around the Santa Fe main square and through some of the small streets.

Santa Fe, Main Plaza
  There are, of course, souvenir stalls.  Afterwards we get into the car and go to Hosteria Bo Hios where you can stay (USD80 pn including use of all facilities, pool, billiards etc and all meals) or just come for a meal.  Unfortunately Maria Clara and Roberto haven’t brought their bathers, but Roberto is able to play pool with another boy. 

 

They don’t sell wine, only beer and spirits.  I have rum and Coke, the taste brings back long lost memories.  I have some difficulty ordering it, as the waitress doesn’t seem to want to talk to me because obviously my Spanish isn’t perfect.  It takes me three tries before I can get her to actually listen to me.  I find that this is not an isolated instance and happens on other occasions in Medellin, but has rarely been a problem until now. 

 

In Medellin, the people and the town look, not surprisingly, more westernised than at previous places on my trip.

Santa Fe
  Cars sometimes stop for pedestrians (wow!) and even voluntarily give way to other cars on occasions!  But I suspect that together with these attributes, there is a touch of the impatience that we see in western countries.

 

After lunch we go back to Medellin.  We stop at a store which is sort of like a big Bunnings, where Marcela buys a pressure cooker and I get an adaptor for my power plug; I left the one that I had in Quito.  Then back home.  The children start back at school tomorrow, so a reasonably early night for them.

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Santa Fe, Main Plaza
Santa Fe, Main Plaza
Santa Fe, Main Plaza
Santa Fe, Main Plaza
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Hosteria Bo Hios
Lunch at Hosteria Bo Hios
Lunch at Hosteria Bo Hios
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