Salento is a small mountain town in the coffee-growing region of Southwestern Colombia. With only a handful of tourists, it still oozes old school charm.
On any given day someone is riding a horse through town, stopping to show off in front of the kids.
The town is colorful and the mountain setting is beautiful. The food is almost exclusively trout and plantain.
Bode found a place where he could play Wii, so for about a dollar, he enjoyed an hour of game time.
The men walk around town in black rubber boots (it rains here every day, and the streets and fields tend to be pretty muddy) , straw hats and ponchos. I love seeing men in ponchos, and the Colombians in this area do it with style.
We went looking for the local Tejo hall, but it turns out this one was closed permanently. This game is high on our list before we leave Colombia.
We ended up a billiards hall with some new friends. Although it was clearly the local hangout, no one seemed to mind the gringos invading for a few hours. The only “regular” pool table was unused and waiting for us in the corner. It seems that proper billiards is the Colombian mainstay.
It was another rainy night, and the power went out a few times while we were there. No one minded. Back home, the lights going out in a pool hall might produce a notably different reaction. Here, things just move even slower.