A few minutes down the little trail, there was no one around us, but their was this big tree for a tropical jungle that is, down on the ground, so I said “Let’s have a drink” “From where?,” said Tad, “there’s nothing here not tiendas.” Will I said it happened that I have a bottle of rum and some cookies. So we sat on a limb of of this dead tree near the entrance of a small river, where there were many places for little boats to get in and unload their merchandise. We were too tired and hungry to be concerned about anything but getting to Medellin for a hotel, rest and relaxation, after all this ordeal.
The sun was up and getting warmer, the tropical humidity will be very high on this shores now .
But we still had to walk and walk looking at this unknown land, when finally we saw a real road! Heyy look it this, we are getting close! Then we walk too what now became a highway with cars going and coming, so we hitched a ride too Medellin. What a beautiful city! We went to the first hotel that seemed okay, even if it was not any class, and we took a room; at this point we did not care .
After sleeping and resting for a few hours and getting ready to see the city and exchange some money, Tad asked me, where first? I said the Bank I think, so we went to the Bank to change money.
There was music everywhere playing in the early afternoon, with people dancing on the streets, and it seemed that happiness prevail everywhere.
Which bank I don’t remember, but the exchange rate was not so good as we expected. So we went outside to see if any of the guys by by the door, who were approaching the people that enters the Bank, to see if maybe they would have a better exchange, and they did.we proset to exchange the dollars Tad head too change .
Tad counted the money that the guy gave him too caunt the exchange moneys, then I counted the money giving back too Tad he counted it again and then the Columbia gay took the money from Tad and counted it again in front of us, then gave us the change money back correct , yes correct, and we went satisfied with the exchange of the money, happy, to the hotel to pay our bill.. .
But when we sat down and counted the money again, surprise, what? Tad with a loud voice what?….. The whole amount was half what it was supposed to be! we counted it once, twice, a third and fourth time. No, no, no good!, We have been fucked.
All of this contributed to my university, now I know people call some fantastic people, saying that they went to the university of life. Many famous millionaires and other amazing people were educated that way, but I had the heart of a gentle gazelle, which was soon turning into a Cossack Warrior , awakening that nomad in me, including the drinking part..
Well, we had certainly been taken by these Colombian con- men, for all that money, which did not stop Tad from taking us out to dance and see a little of the nightlife in Medellin .
We stayed in Medellin for a couple of days, and on the third day we ventured off to continued our journey to Venezuela then reached the route to Maracaibo.
We went through an incredibly beautiful jungle, with houses along the route, little huts of vendors of tropical fruit and the smell of mangos, bananas , ananas or Pineapples like delightful flowers well, it is a flower, like a tomato is a fruit.
We spent another couple of days enjoying the Colombian countryside from Medellin to the border with Venezuela, and from Maracaibo we were to fly to Canaima. Maracaibo is located in the Lago de Maracaibo, Edo. Zulia, Venezuela, which is the largest lake in all of Venezuela and one of largest places for oil extraction. The temperature is over 100 degrees F. every day and only a little cooler at night.