We return to the hotel to collect Scott before taking the next bus tour. He’s been in the room working while I was gone. I made a mistake when reading the bus schedule, and we are walking up to the bus stop just as the bus is pulling away. I remember the bus route from yesterday, and I know that we can walk briskly about 6 blocks across the peninsula, and we can encounter the bus at that location. We are all up for the adventure and walk quickly. Scott leads the way.
The bus has more people on it than we have ever seen, but we find seats that are together. Our three new friends are very excited about what they see and we are happy for them. We love sharing the Feast with others. I try to take pictures of various people working. Unemployment is high in Colombia, so many people who don’t have jobs, make money by selling “things.” You can get almost anything from a street vendor. I hope to do a blog or a photo blog soon about the many different types of vendors that I see.
We take the rest of the tour and return to the hotel at 1 PM. We eat lunch in the restaurant. The menu del dia is fried whole fish or chicken breast, patacon, coconut rice and salad. All the girls have the fish and we love it!
After lunch, we return to our room to do a few things.
We return to the hotel. The girls needed to switch their room, so I help them arrange that with the hotel. They like their new room much better, so this is a blessing.
At breakfast, we had invited the three out to dinner with us at Marzola’s, an Argentinian Steak house in the old city. We are able to get one taxi and we all fit in it. The taxi driver does charge us $8,000 pesos instead of the normal $7,000, but that is OK with us. We arrive and the restaurant is mostly empty, so we have our pick of tables and where to sit. We order soft drinks and the meal. I have the half beef steak which is at least 8 oz. and comes with a salad. It is delicious, and everyone likes the meal. Scott has roasted lamb. Gustavo, the restaurant owner shows up while we are eating. He remembers us from past years. Scott chats with him, and then he comes over to greet each one of us.
It started to rain while we were eating. After paying the bill, we discuss whether to get a taxi to go to the restaurant we have chosen for dessert and coffee, or just walk in the “light rain.” We decide to walk as we have nothing that will get ruined with a little water. Scott wraps his phone multiple times in a paper towel and buries it in his pocket.
We arrive at Mila Vargas, a shop that has light meals, desserts, and coffee. I order the Oreo Cheesecake and a cappuccino. The Oreo Cheesecake is fabulous! And I eat it all. We have a very enjoyable time and laugh a whole bunch. Our food should digest well tonight! By the time we finish, it has stopped raining. We go outside and find a taxi driver who is willing to take all of us. As we drive, Scott asks “Are your window wipers broken?” We found out from our taxi driver that technically they are not supposed to take five passengers. So Scott ducks down, and the driver turns them on…he seems to not want the police to see. When we arrive at the Regatta, we give him an extra tip for taking all of us.
Scott and I are tired after a very busy day. We have enjoyed getting to know Derrik, Carolina and Rebecca. We say good night and we all turn in for the night.