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A Quick Trip Exploring Guaduas

Stepping out of Hotel San Cristobol, puts you right on the sidewalk and very near the street wit cars driving by. The hotel is in an old Spanish colonial house between two and three blocks from the central plaza. Small shops, another hotel and a bakery are on the way to the plaza. The streets are cement and smooth as is the sidewalk. The weather is pleasant, a bit cool in the shade and decidedly warmer in the sun.

The five minute walk to the plaza gives one an opportunity to take in the sights, sound, and smells in Guaduas. Near the bakery the aroma is of cooking pastries tempting one to indulge with excellent Colombian coffee.

We would like a more substantial breakfast of eggs and some breakfast meat. So we walked to a restaurant about six blocks away and joined a table of about six people and had a meal of eggs, soup, rice, and arepas, a flat corn flour bread. Along with the meal we had that excellent coffee and delicious fruit juice, either mango or orange.

After breakfast, we pro…
Our trip to Guaduas's Hotel San Cristobal was somewhat exciting with the traffic on the road at night, but our arrival was calming and left us with a desire to view the surroundings more closely after getting up in the morning.
The link provides the scene that met us in the light of day. The hotel has individual habitations for couples and groups of people from families to slightly larger ones. The link is a montage of guest rooms, a bath, office space and the central patio of the hotel.
Hotel San Cristobal is in a more than 200 year old colonial house and is a very quaint location with some modern conveniences, no air conditioning because it is not needed. The weather is somewhat springlike most of the time and is not hot even in the sun most afternoons. Mornings are cool, but not cold by North American weather standards.
The link provides a context for our immediate surroundings which will be expanded over the next few blogs and provide more about th…
This the first content post about traveling in Colombia. The airplane ride to Bogota was rather uneventful trip on December 27, 2018. It was a reasonably pleasant use of slightly in excess of three hours in Avianca's good hands.

El Dorado airport is a large building and very busy at all hours of the day and night. Our arrival at about 10 P.M. was no exception, but we navigated through immigration and customs without a hitch. We then started looking for my wife's friends, which took about 20 or 30 minutes. Upon finding them we all commenced the trek to the parking lot to find the car. After finding the car our friend, the driver, began a 20 minute process of finding a way out of the parking lot and joining the traffic of a bustling city of about 14 million inhabitants. So we were out of the airport and were off to our eventual destination, Guaduas, Colombia, a much smaller city of about 30,000 inhabitants.

The trip to Guaduas from Bogota covers about 71 miles or about 122 kilom…
Blogging is still experimental for me, but we all have to start sometime. So, I will say a bit and see if it posts before I add meaningful content. As I said it is all experimental now seeing what does and doesn't work in this environment.