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EvenBob
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January 15th, 2019 at 6:18:01 PM permalink
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Don't do it, not for a minute. It's really really bad there right now. You would be targeted so fast...(shudder).



Naw, it's a socialist paradise. I remember a
guy from there 10 years ago on the gambling
forums who crowed and crowed about how
his country rocked and USA sucked. I wonder
what he's saying now.
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coilman
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January 15th, 2019 at 10:14:45 PM permalink
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I am headed to South America today and my plan is to post here every few days with details of my adventures.



when the temps drop to below zero a boys got to travel...............

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PokerGrinder
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January 16th, 2019 at 9:41:41 PM permalink
I have finished my write up of the first two days but I wonít post it until tomorrow. The wifi in the room is crap and I donít feel like getting out of bed to upload pictures to imgur for the post so you must all wait lol.
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January 16th, 2019 at 9:43:45 PM permalink
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Have a great, safe, trip PG! I am looking forward to following your adventures. By "we" do you mean your sister is coming along too? I enjoyed her perspectives on the Asia trip. I'm really curious how the hostels there compare to those in other areas.

Any plans to drop in on Venezuela? Heh... Maybe you can give them a dollar and bring back a couple billion Bolivars?


We is my friend Kyle, his girlfriend and myself. No Venezuela for me and I donít think I would travel with my sister again. Sheís a lot to deal with for an extended period of time.
You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once. ó Amarillo Slim Preston
Rigondeaux
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January 17th, 2019 at 2:55:16 AM permalink
I'm in Mexico City myself. I think it's safe to say that you partially inspired me PG. I did use to travel a lot. Then I was married to someone who hated to travel. Then I was broke. But I was kind of living vicariously through your posts.

Not sure if I will do a MC trip report. But, in brief, it is great. Everything you could want in a big city, and the parks district, where I am staying, is prettier than anything in most big cities. The people are nice and eager to help a tourist. The women are hot. Prices range from cheap, to virtually free. The food is excellent.

The pollution and altitude combo are kicking my butt, though. I have no idea how athletes make it through a game when they come here.

Someone told me, "yeah, but you'll be able to run a marathon when you get back."
FleaStiff
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January 17th, 2019 at 5:46:57 AM permalink
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Naw, it's a socialist paradise. I remember a guy from there 10 years ago . . . . . .

Prices, bribes and rumors change every ten minutes down there.
Ayecarumba
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January 17th, 2019 at 8:50:43 AM permalink
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I'm in Mexico City myself. I think it's safe to say that you partially inspired me PG. I did use to travel a lot. Then I was married to someone who hated to travel. Then I was broke. But I was kind of living vicariously through your posts.

Not sure if I will do a MC trip report. But, in brief, it is great. Everything you could want in a big city, and the parks district, where I am staying, is prettier than anything in most big cities. The people are nice and eager to help a tourist. The women are hot. Prices range from cheap, to virtually free. The food is excellent.

The pollution and altitude combo are kicking my butt, though. I have no idea how athletes make it through a game when they come here.

Someone told me, "yeah, but you'll be able to run a marathon when you get back."


I encourage you to do a write up Rigondeaux. Trip reports are enjoyed by a wide audience. Also, you can't claim "The women are hot" without evidence...hehe.
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January 17th, 2019 at 9:01:16 AM permalink
Wait are you going to caravan back up north?
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Rigondeaux
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January 17th, 2019 at 10:10:46 AM permalink
I've had some interesting experiences. Here's one.

I have a former online friend, now real friend down here. That's always a big plus for traveling.

We were out all night and were in some kind of plaza and decided to have one last beer. I didn't realize that drinking in public was illegal so, I cracked it open. He followed suit but told me to keep it hidden, as he'd planned to take them home.

Nonetheless, the cops spotted us and there was an exchange that I didn't understand too well. A couple times I said something like, "maybe we can just take care of it here," in English. Before, long we were being marched off to see a superior officer. I'm like, thanks man, now we gonna die.

I kid. The officers were very civil and we had clearly broken the law. I made a little small talk in extremely limited Spanish with one, as my friend plead our case to another.

We got to the boss cop and my friend was really going off, almost yelling at him. I couldn't follow. Then, we were let go without a bribe or ticket.

My friend told me he'd given them a big speech about how we weren't hurting anyone. He said, "do you really want him to go back to America and tell everyone the police are corrupt? This is why people don't come to Mexico!" etc. etc.

I said, Jesus, tienes heuvos.

Not sure that woulda played in the states.

I thought about it a little more, and it's not so different here. A friend of mine was pulled over for warrant on a felony that he obviously didn't commit. They impounded his car. He could sit in jail for 30 days awaiting trial, or post $30k in bond. He didn't have 30k, but he did have 3k to give to a bail bondsman. So after a night in jail he got out. Later, when he met the DA they agreed he was obviously innocent and let him go. He was out about 5% of his pretax income. If he'd been poor, he'd have done 30 days. And lost his car. The Mexican police only wanted like $50.
PokerGrinder
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January 17th, 2019 at 11:52:51 AM permalink
For those who donít know I am travelling with my friend Kyle and his girlfriend Amy. We left Winnipeg around 11 am and had a quick flight to Toronto. We were delayed leaving Winnipeg though so our 75 minute layover in Toronto turned into a 30 minute run through the airport to catch our connecting flight to Bogota, Colombia. Iím not in good shape so my shins hurt and I was a little sweaty when we arrived on time at our departure gate.

The flight to Bogota was just under 6 hours and went by pretty quickly. I watched a new show on Netflix called You which I would highly suggest to everyone. We arrived in Bogota around 11 pm, got our bags and headed to customs. The customs line took way longer than it should have for some reason. When I finally got my turn it took less than 2 minutes and I found out that it costs 201,000 pesos to enter the country. 2365 pesos is $1 Canadian.

I found a place in the airport to buy a SIM card (45,000 pesos) and I ordered us an Uber. The Uber was 24,000 to the hostel. The driver clearly didnít know the area that our hostel was in because he kept backtracking. The last 5 minutes of driving took over 15 minutes. The funniest part of the drive was when the driver decided that instead of driving the wrong way down a one way street that he would instead drive down that one way street in REVERSE! Then 3/4 of the way down that street he decided that was a bad idea and went back to start of the street and took a different direction. About 5 mins later we were 3 blocks from the hostel so I told the driver to let us out because clearly we would be able to walk to the hostel faster than he could navigate the streets.

We checked in and dropped our bags in our 3 bed private room that is running us 108,000 a night. We hadnít eaten dinner so the hostel worker sent us to the closest food available at almost midnight. We then proceeded to buy a massive pizza that was well over the size of a normal XL pizza. We also grabbed 6 beers all for only 64,000. The pizza was sooooo mediocre. We had a spicy piece each which Iím not sure what was on it exactly but it was average, the other half of the pizza had this weird cut up pepperoni sticks on it that tasted more like hotdogs. Overall not a great first meal in Bogota but nothing else was open.

This morning we woke up and tried the free hostel breakfast. The plate consisted of some cut up fruits, a corn pancake with cheese on it and hot chocolate. The pancake thing would have been better without the cheese. We then made a half hearted attempt at making it to the free tour in time, big surprise we didnít! We walked around for a few hours, looking at graffiti, checking out a market and sampling street food. I had this fried corn thing that looked like a pizza pocket with meat, egg and some veggies inside. It was very tasty!
















Just an interesting building in the business area.


Around lunch time we found ourselves in this locals restaurant. We ordered 2 meals to share between the three of us. The first one was carne asada which is basically meat in sauce. It came with rice, beans and fried banana. The other dish was horse meat with sauce and an egg on top. The horse meat was tasty but fatty. The horse meat also came with rice, fried plantain and French fries, overall an enjoyable meal. It was amusing when we realized that Kyle (6 foot 5) couldnít stand up straight because the ceiling was too low, that gave Amy and I a good laugh.



One of the local beers is called Poker, seems about right lol.


After lunch I took a nap for a couple hours while they went to the store. I always feel sluggish after a travel day. I woke up and decided to do some casino hopping (chip collecting) and Kyle decided to join me while Amy relaxed at the hostel. We took an Uber for 6,800 pesos to the Aladdin Casino where I broke even and Kyle won 50,000. We then took an Uber (17,000 pesos) that took us on an odd route that avoided all freeways and got us caught in traffic for close to an hour. At Rock ní Jazz Casino I had an interesting spot where I got a BJ playing heads up with the dealer, she had a face card showing and pulls a 2 and for some reason pulls an ace after that. She puts the ace back by the continuous shuffler and pays my BJ. I asked if the ace would be the first card of the next hand and she says yes. I donít know what the advantage in this spot is but I know itís big, I bet max and bust on 4 cards lol. Pretty standard for how good a spot it was but Iíd take it every time. I won 20,000 at the Rock ní Jazz Casino and then we walked over to the Crown Casino. We passed by it twice because we didnít see it with all the lights off, it has gone out of business. We walked over to the last casino, Casino Luckia where I played an odd form of BJ. The dealer dealt both of her cards face up which made acting on my hand a lot weirder. I enjoyed the BJ variation and left up 10,000.

I ordered an Uber (21,300 pesos) to take us back to the hostel to meet Amy for dinner. This driver definitely didnít waste any time. He drove down the freeways like an absolute crazy person. He was doing almost 100 on the freeway and was passing everyone. I also think the driver might have been tweaking because of his mannerisms and the way he kept rubbing his face from his forehead to his chin. Luckily we made it in one piece and got to have dinner at the place Amy found online.

Dinner was absolutely amazing! Honestly it was one of the best meals that Iíve ever had. We went to a fancy restaurant called El Gato Gris. They had menus in English and managed to find a server whose English was pretty solid. We started with a caprese salad, mini empanadas and mushrooms in a gravy with pollack and cheese on top. The empanadas were good, the mushrooms were absolutely amazing and the caprese salad is pretty hard to screw up.



I ordered the peppered sirloin as an entree and it didnít disappoint. The only problem I had with it was that it wasnít rare like I ordered it, closer to a medium rare but I didnít care to wait for a new one. The gravy on the steak was excellent but the risotto! The quinoa risotto was the star of the plate! It was the best risotto that Iíve ever had. My portion of the bill at this fancy restaurant only came to 55,000 pesos which is extremely cheap in my opinion.



We walked back to the hostel and took it easy. We are planning on actually getting to the free tour tomorrow morning.

Until next time, adios amigos! (Iím learning some Spanish)
You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once. ó Amarillo Slim Preston

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