Get excited..it's the coffee region
11.06.2012 - 14.06.2012 25 °C
Ok so im 31 years old, and until a week ago i had never had a coffee. Welcome to my debut experience in the coffee region of Colombia, Salento. Before i get to the good stuff about this area (the part that doesnt involve coffee) lets get the coffee tour stuff out of the way.
We went down to a little coffee plantation run by good old Don Elias, a lovely old fella who has been working here for about 130 years by the look of it.
From what i could gather from the Spanish tour this is how they make coffee:
Pick the beans, apparently you dont eat them at this point
Dry them out
Get this beautiful specimen of a man to shell them
Cook them up
Then bingo...you can effectively drink dirt in water
Old mate was generous enough to spoil us with a free sample of his finest. I lost my virginity somewhere in the highlands of Colombia - what a story.
My Israeli "friend" next to me promised to put me on youtube as the wierdo who had never had a coffee, so i think my video is going viral around the cyberspace of Tel Aviv right now.
Somewhat negative response?
Insertion of 4 sugars
Now Fi has us carrying this crap around for the rest of the trip.
But there were some happy customers. Thanks old mate.
Ok got that off my chest...so to the rest of the story of Salento. What a wonderful place. Rolling hills as far as the eye can see, with wax palms freakishly standing about 20-30 metres tall, and clouds rolling in over the mountains. Spectacular scenery indeed. A nice little town square tops off one of the Colombian highlights for us on this trip.
We caught some jeeps out to Valle de Cocora and went on a massive 14km hike. It isnt supposed to be that long, but we got extremely lost in the middle of the Parque and got caught in a daily cloud forest mountain downpour. Had a sweet little dog showing us the way, at one point i thought he might have been dinner if we were stuck out there for the night. But we made it back in one piece and can now reflect on how amazing the place was.
In conclusion im a touch concerned that this is my new "go-to" pose when Fi points the camera...promise to fix that before the next installment