Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Letters From Travels: Jungle Trek

so let me give you all a run-down of my 6-day jungle trek:

on the first day we walked up a giant mountain (which happened every day and will not be mentioned again). there was a natural pool there that was amazing and clean and basically kick-ass. except the little biting fish.

the second day we did some more mountains (I know i said I wouldn't mention it but there were a lot of them). That afternoon we took a tour of (and I am NOT making this up) a working cocaine factory where an old man gave us the rundown of the process and let people try a cocaine treated cigarette.

the next day we arrived at the lost city (the object of the trek). It was sweet, but relatively indescribable, as places with natural beauty tend to be.

the next day we walked around the city.

The last day of the ascenct the guides were forced to carry all of the food themselves because the trail to the city was impassable to donkeys. we started heading down, that took awhile and the only thing worth mentioning was a stop at a relatively undisturbed native village. the cogui (natives) still dress traditionally and do the same forest things as they did back in the day. i'm out of time.

el pocket lint

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Letters From Travels: Bye

will be gone for 5 to 6 days. we're hiking through the jungle. probably won't die. talk to you all then.

el pocket lint

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Letters From Travels: T.'s Birthday

hey, today is t.'s birthday. the irony of spending his 21st in a country with a lower drinking age wasn't lost on him but we still got him to drink enough alcohol to make an irish sailor wince.

we are now in santa marta, attempting to get into a park tomorrow or the next day. there's a possibility that it won't pan out.

we took the worst bus ever today. when was the last time a bus you rode on had cockroaches?

anyway, still not dead.

fun fact: "which cocaine is on tap tonight" does not translate to spanish as well as one would think.

el pocket lint

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Letters From Travels: Elections in Colombia

so we just took a motorcycle taxi. t. got a second degree burn on the exhaust. it was kinda crazy. other than that the country is safe as can be. the military is everywhere and they look like they know what they're doing. i guess practice makes perfect huh?

we checked into our resort today, from p.'s family's timeshare. it's pretty nice. a pool overlooks the ocean, the kind of decadence i was born for. we got here a couple of days early so we went to check the place out and almost got escorted off their premises. it's good to know they keep riffraff like us out.

colombia is just like the pictures. mountains, beaches, whatever. it's pretty nice as are the people. this keyboard sucks though. none of these keys work. i blame the drug smugglers.

pocket lint's history fun fact: the elections are upon us here. they're electing a new prime warthog. if i was eligible i would vote for mr. snuffles because of his stance on employment.

not dead clock: a bunch of days

el pocket lint

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Letters From Travels: Es Verde

es verde. that's my favorite quote from t., the guy who supposedly speaks the best spanish out of the 3 of us. anyway, we're in medellin, trying to get up to the beaches. colombia is huge, it's taking forever. sorry this isn't capatalized and stuff but these keyboards are crazy.

pocket lint's historical fun fact: the entire population of colombia is roughly equal to the number of cheerios in a box. and pants are illegal.

not dead counter: 3 days, 15 hours, 2 minutes, 56 seconds.

el pocket lint

Monday, May 15, 2006

Letters From Travels: Arrival in Bogota

so, we finally got here. our flight was delayed for about 4 hours because (surprise, surprise) texas sucks. there are practically no other travelers here in bogota which is pretty sweet. between the 3 of us we can understand about 75 percent of what people say to us. not bad.

pocket lint's historical fun fact: founded in 1923 and nicknamed "the bog" by the original conquistadors, bogota has been the center of south america's cocaine and fluffy bunny doll industry.

not dead counter: 13 hours, 25 minutes, 39 seconds

el pocket lint

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Letters From Travels: Heading South

Good news everybody! I'm going back south! See, at first I thought everyone was jealous enough the first time I took a vacation and rubbed it into their faces, but I'm going to do it again, just for good measure! This time I'll be checking out Colombia for a month or so with two other guys that wanted to come. Should be sweet. I hear their coke a cola is really good down there. What a weird thing for a place to be known for, but I guess I'll see for myself.

El Pocket Lint