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Sunday Oct 28, 2018
This morning I unplugged and re-plugged every cord and reset the router and miraculously our internet and wi-fi came back to normal. Hooray!
No luck yet getting the NetTalk to operate though. While we hardly use the NetTalk it really is our best connection for everything in Canada and our family. Being cut off from being able to talk to banks, friends, family, etc is very unnerving.
We were up with the sun again to walk the dogs because we headed out on another road trip with Carlos’ mother, sister, niece, her husband and 2 kids. The niece and husband went on a motorcycle because 6 in our little car was enough. Our destination was the area of the lovely town of Palmira near the Cali airport. It is a drive that is becoming familiar however there are many things that we have not seen, so we were getting a guided tour.
Cristina invited all of them for breakfast at Palmira so we left at 8am. I decided to just follow the motorcycle at 80 kph and it was a leisurely drive with very little traffic. We ended up going to an aunt’s place for a bit and she had amazing flowers and one of those covered, open-air, no walls, second storeys. They live near what they call a lake, but which was more like a large slough, no beach, no nothing... I sure failed to see the attraction. And they had another small lake/slough behind them a ways that we did visit. The highlight there was seeing 3 ducks sitting on fenceposts…. I don’t recall ever seeing that before..
Then we all went to a resort called Hacienda de el Paraiso, Historia de Efrain y Maria, kinda like the Colombian Romeo and Juliet story without the messy ending. We were joined by 4 other cousins, and 2 more cars so we had a caravan.
We/I could have gone hang-gliding but had to worry about our passengers. We toured this huge hacienda and bought some of the snacks and booze (for company, of course). The place had huge gardens with monstrous trees and a large, mostly unimpressive flower garden. I did like some of the antiques in the rooms on display.
There were lots of food kiosks, but very little place to sit, so we drove to a nearby town, Cristina forgets the name, and we ate at a place in the main square. The food was excellent and the sauces were spicy. Even the sausage was pretty darn good. We actually didn’t eat until almost 2pm then we hung around the square and let the kids play themselves out and returned around 3 and had another leisurely drive. The kids were soon fast asleep.
Please forgive some of the shots because many were taken at a very long range at full zoom.
I hope you enjoy the pictures. That was the day’s excitement.
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|Cock of the walk|
|Their view to the "lake"|
|Long shot of nearby church bells|
|The walk of the cock|
|Very pretty area on a blustery morning|
|Looking for me still|
|I'm not ready yet|
|An alternative to bamboo, guadua|
|Ducks on posts, three of them!|
|An egret close by on the little "lake"|
|The group walking back|
|A neighbour's talking friend|
|The little "lake"|
|Gorgeous coloured hibiscus|
|And more flowers|
|Talk into the microphone, son...|
|One of the relatives there|
|The kids were really good all day|
|They had a lot of supervision|
|4 hang-gliders in this shot|
|This is one|
|This is another|
|And yet another|
|Rose with a bee|
|The front of the Hacienda|
|An austere bedroom|
|Cool spinning wheel|
|Bougainvillea tiny flowers|
|A ceramic artwork on a roof tile|
|A pretty cat|
|A Colombian/American family playing dress-up for photos|
|Angela and Mom, Carmen, at waterfall in the back|
|Angela and hubby, Tucho|
|Carmen, Angela, Tucho|
|And another shot|
|Cute kid playing in water|
|Don't stop me...|
|The matriarch, Gilma|
|Cristina, Gilma, Angela, Carmen|
|Joined by a geeky Canadian tourist|
|I liked this shot....|
|Lunch at the main square in town|
|Nice group of relatives|
|Colombia's Romeo and Juliet|
|Still hanging around|
|Little David getting brave|
|Alejandro is a good big brother|
|This is a cousin|
|Photo shoot at the statue|
|The kids are tuckered out now|