Every commercial vehicle has a sticker asking people to call the ministry of transportation to tell them how the driver of that vehicle is driving.
Breakfast in Quibdó
Gold! Mined close to Quibdó. There’s supposedly quite a lot of it.
Even more space-efficient than in Africa!
While I was walking along the road, I didn’t even have to wave for these guys to pick me up and give me a ride… Previously I had tried waving at cars but no one had stopped. Maybe it had to do with that I had just gotten a haircut, so I looked less of a bum than before…
I wasn’t even planning to go to Quibdo that day, but then, while waiting for the road to be cleared up after a landslide, they found a truckdriver who was going there, so I joined him:
Notice the police. Previously there were hardly any police controls, but as soon as we entered the department of Chocó, which everyone says has guerilla presence, there were lots of them.
Cheese. Doesn’t taste much.
Boats on the Rio Atrato.
Breakfast, about $2.5.
In quibdo, 90% of people are black. On black guy said that white and black get along perfectly, they live in the same parts of town, marry each other, etc, but most commerce is run buy the whites, which he thinks is a bit off since the black people are more intelligent 😀
Is stayed with this guy, Darío, yesterday. (I mean the live guy, not the dead guy). The dead guy is his nephew, 21 years old, who was shot on the street last night by gangsters, probably because they confused him with someone else. Luckily, he says that this happens very seldomly. Me too, I could see that this is not a bad place. People are out on the streets and even women walk around alone. No one seems afraid.
Lunch in Darío’s home. Very delicious.
Playing an internet trivia game with Darío’s brother and sister in law.
Dario uses these huge concrete weights to keep in shape… I better not mess with him.
“Droga para la potencia sexual”…
The police is very strict with requiring that al motorcyclists wear helmets, which makes it impossible to hitch-hike with them if you don’t have a helmet yourself.
Growing coffee and bananas in the same field. Seems efficient.
Scenic road between Viterbo and Apía.
Cozy central square of Apía.
Funny they have a display showing the speed of the bus. Seems very accurate.
Lots of indigenous people in Pueblo Rico. They like to wear nice colourful dresses.
These indigenous girls are carrying big bones in improvised backpacks to their home outside town…
I went to the police hre in Quibdó to ask if I can have an exit stamp in my passport. I was honest to them about going to Panama over land, and they didn’t even say it’s dangerous or anything! After some running around between the police and the immigration offices, they finally told me that the immigration is closed today but that I don’t really need a stamp anyway. I hope they are right!
Next time I write I’ll hopefully be in Panama. I’m going to walk a bit along the river. Taking the boat is ridiculously expensive, about $70 from here to Riosucio.