Bus from Bucaramanga to San Gil

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2012-02-25 16.54.04In typical Colombian bus ride fashion, the bus that we were assured three times had air conditioning does, but it never turns on. The bus, which left twenty minutes late, has inexplicably stopped fifteen minutes into the trip at a rest stop / market for an indeterminate amount of time. Also there is vallenato blaring over the radio.

I investigate what the story is with the stop. It turns out that this is actually a three hour bus ride, not a two hour bus ride as they told us at the terminal. Furthermore they openly admit that the whole air conditioning thing was a lie. When I ask about the whole extra hour they added to the trip, they tell me it is two hours, but two long hours. I ask how an hour could last longer than 60 minutes, and they say ok it’s three hours. One of the vendors who comes onto the bus laughs that the bus company doesn’t count the time from the bus terminal to this random rest stop.

Phew, just dodged a bullet when a particularly corpulent passenger who would never have fit into one seat passed me up as a neighbor.

Anyway, it’s the only way to San Gil.

Update: bought some wayfarer knockoffs for $6 from a vendor who came to my window at a random stop. Was briefly negotiating down from $12, but somehow the price went down quite a bit as the bus started moving.

These replace the turquoise stunners I gifted to the pool under a waterslide at chica mocha.

Looks like the ride’s finally started in earnest now, only 80 minutes late. And also in typical Colombian fashion every few minutes we’re bombarded with views of gorgeous green hillsides. The moving landscape is a bit too confusing for my camera, but it’s very pretty.


Photo is out the window of the bus. Because of my camera’s reaction to the speed of nearby objects, the only photos that came out were when we were driving on the wrong side of the road. Fortunately, that happened a lot!

Next Destination: San Gil

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Hanging out in Bucaramanga for the weekend before heading to check out San Gil for a few days. Depending on the weather, this may involve rafting, kayaking, caving, paragliding, jumping off of things, and dune buggies.

Had an epic post-workout and post massive cheeseburger nap today that led me to want to start working at 6pm, however DJs are already setting up in the bar next to my room, so I guess that’s out.

Also, to put my family at ease, I have been diligently watching youtube videos about SIV courses so that I will have a better idea of how many flying hours I need before I can practice intentionally collapsing my parachute. Yay safety!

Kicking Myself

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2012-01-24 16.05.08

Because I didn’t take off this morning – we were only going to get one flight in with the weather being a bit foggy and generally not ripe for thermals today. Didn’t want to rent a glider just for a regular 4 minute flight, but as I sat here working I heard over the radio my friends catching thermal after thermal. Sounded like about an hour long session, wish I’d made it. Oh well.

Hopefully in the next few days we’re heading to San Gil to rent some dune buggies, rock climb, or raft.


Image is several pairs of clown shoes on display at what I could only interpret as a clown shoe store, in Buenos Aires.

Cliffside Volleyball

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Fantastic flight this morning catching thermal after thermal followed by pre-launch volleyball trying to keep the ball from flying off the launch site into the valley below. Glad it wasn’t soccer so we could keep up with the locals.

One more flight this afternoon then going into town for the evening and moving on in a few days to start sailing up to panama.

Quick Update – Still Alive

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Yup. Still at paragliding school, been having a great time here. Some half days recently because of the weather, but already had three flights today and hopefully at least one this afternoon.

Great night out this weekend in Bucaramanga, people are even friendlier here than in the bigger cities in Colombia.