On Friday we had planned to visit a local Coffee plantation, but when it came down to it, we were simply too pooped to go!!
So instead we started our packing and it was a good thing we did because once again we had bought too much stuff…….
….and had to go buy a new suitcase…..
Part of the problem was a largish wooden “Praying Mantis” that we had purchased and it needed special packing!!! I had measured it earlier in the week and had bought a plastic box that it would fit in, but then I had to pad it out with lots of dirty clothes….
After we finally got everything packed, we headed for a light lunch at our favorite restaurant (Versus). The waiter knows us well and immediately brings us two Club Colombia beers!!!
As we were walking back to the hotel, we passed two police officers on the corner across from our hotel. They appeared to be stopping traffic from traveling on one side of the road in front of the hotel.
As we looked around, we realized that people were gathering along the street and being good “Sticky Beaks” (Australian for nosy), we sat down on a step and decided to watch and see what was happening.
Michael finally asked one of the security guards who was standing outside and he told us that it was a Bicycle race coming thru. We checked it out after the fact and found out that it was a race that went thru all of the Departments (States) of Colombia.
And here they come…..
It was fun to be part of the festivities and we cheered with the rest of them when the riders came thru……
After that excitement, we spent some time sitting on the roof of the hotel and enjoying the sunshine, except for this rain shower that flew thru…..
In the evening we met up with Victor and Katherine for dinner at La Fogata (reportedly the best restaurant in Armenia). I ordered the appetizers and selected sautéed mushrooms and Chunchullo with Guacamole. Chunchullo is fried pig intestine….I know it sounds gross, but it was fried crisply, salted and was wonderful!!!
I forgot to take photos of our main courses and desserts, but suffice it to say that the food was delightful and the company was entertaining!!!