Lakes, hills and the mad Frenchies
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Fully recharged after a decent nights sleep (loving the beds at Black Sheep!) and after a couple of hours of sorting crappy house/bank problems out via Skype, Ruaridh and I headed out for the day. Kelvin had recommended going to Guatape as a nice chilled out place a couple of hours from Medellin. We got the metro to the North bus terminal and then were lucky enough to jump straight on a local bus heading to Guatape ($CP10,000/£3/US$5). A couple of hours of reading Adrian Mole:The Capuccino Years and Kelvin (who came with us with two Frenchmen Olivier and Christophe) got us up and off the bus at La Piedra. Its a 200m high lump of rock (which looks a bit like Sugar Loaf in Rio), slap bang in the middle of a beautiful area of Antioquia.
Kelvin and the Frenchies came up at the same time and it was soon apparent there was more to these two chaps than at first met the eye. It turns out they were part of Alliance Francaise and were in Colombia filming their own performances as a two-piece.
To get back to reality, Ruaridh and I went back down and made the half hour walk to Guatape town, succesfully managing not to get run over on the main road, which had a inconsistent approach to providing footing for pedestrians. When you've got loud chivas hairing round every corner, it gets kind of dicey. Guatape is quite a nice little town, and we strolled round before getting the 5pm bus back to Medellin, ready for Friday night on the town!