Up to the Villa

We finally got the energy (?) to hit the road and drive south to Villa de Leyva. We got lost a few times… again, but there was always something really interesting to look at. More waterfalls. Quaint small towns. Etc.

I don’t recall the timing exactly, but it seems like it took us the entire day to get here.  We were not disappointed to find a stunning little town set against mountains. More importantly, we found a really good cup of coffee. It’s more difficult than you think – all the good stuff is exported.

Colombians drink something called tinto, which is usually just a strong tiny cup of instant coffee. Con leche just means that they dump the powder into milk. Since this town is geared toward tourism, you can find actual brewed coffee – yes!

This town seems lost in time. Little old ladies knitting in their window, with a few items offered up on the sill. Every house is cob and stucco. We haven’t seen funeral notices… anywhere, really… but here they are plastered all over town like a movie showing.

We were still low on energy, but this place required nothing from us. Stroll a few blocks and then sit on the square for the evening. It feels like vacation.

There is actually a ‘Zona de Camping’ only two blocks from the main square. It’s a perfectly green lawn surrounded by privacy walls and you can go right in and pick your spot. I’m not sure we’ve seen a more perfect camp inside of a town, but we passed on camping for a cheapo hostel once again. We’re too tired to even put the effort into popping the top.

We’ve been beat for quite a while and we can’t figure it out. We’re asking ourselves questions like “have we eaten enough vegetables?” “Is it the altitude?” “Did we get bitten by a tick?”

We are definitely missing our mojo, but will keep looking…

4 thoughts on “Up to the Villa

  • October 17, 2010 at 8:07 PM

    You are probably a little burnt from the work involved in getting from one continent to another. With the sweet camping set up they have in this town, maybe you should chill for a few days and reestablish the bus as home. Holding still for a few days in your own space can be renewing after sleeping in so many different beds for so long. Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like bus.

  • October 17, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    Giants had a rough night too. Sounds like everyone could use a few more veggies (and a rally thong). Hang in there 🙂

  • October 18, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    Wow, I love that main square! Que dramatico!

    I can only imagine how pooped I would be after all of the moving around and daily adventuring you do! Remember Costa Rica and our pace there? It is a lot of effort to keep moving as much as you have been lately. It’s good, and the reason you’re traveling, but I agree with Nick…you must just need to stay in one place for a while. If you feel worse after days of sitting around, maybe start looking for ticks?

    Thinking of you all! Feel better!

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