South America and back on a 250 Super Sherpa Minimalist Adventure

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by JDowns, Oct 2, 2012.

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  1. Shibby!

    Shibby! Long timer

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    Just a heads up that it appears your "capture the locals" pictures has your flash going off all the time. Make sure the flash is off for these special pictures. It may make for some blurry pictures but at least you won't get busted.
  2. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Shibby!

    Thanks for the heads up. I am doing a google search to find out how to turn off the flash on my pawnshop Nikon Coolpix L18 right now.

    Okay google was my friend;
    http://www.nikonusa.com/pdf/manuals/coolpix/L18_L16_en.pdf
    and I have the flash off. Heading out for some candid shots of locals, pronto.

    Saludos,
    Juan Paparazzi
  3. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi VooDooDaddy,

    You are right. Pepe was the name of the Bronco in Romancing the Stone.

    Joan Wilder? THE Joan Wilder? I read your books!

    That was a fun movie.

    As far as sitting around and hanging out in Colombia or other Latin American countries it is just a cultural difference in where it is socially acceptable to hang out. In Nebraska it is fine to hang out in your house watching netflix for hours. But not okay to sit on the curb next to the gas station all day watching the world go by. And nobody would be caught dead sitting on the benches in front of the library or the courthouse for hours at a time, whereas here in Cartagena that is what everyone does.

    In Nebraska it is okay to hang out with the old time ranchers in the local cafe from 7AM to 9AM drinking coffee, but at 9:01 everyone leaves and goes home. Why? It's just what is done. I think part of it has to do with climate. It is so hot down here in Cartagena during the day that it is nicer to sit in the shade outside in the offshore breeze than it is inside.

    So in answer to your question, I don't think it has anything to do with no specific growing season but it is quite possible that the hot tropical weather has the effect of sending people outside to hang out as opposed to sitting in their casas watching TV. I think gringos rush around like mad because that is what is socially expected. Which is why it takes a while to adapt to a more relaxed Latin pace of life down south of the border.

    Of course I could be wrong.

    Saludos,
    Juan Pasando el Rato
  4. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Climate does make a difference in peoples aditude and daily routine. If there is not much difference in the season why hustle to plant ?
    In a freshman college ag class , one of the professors had spent time in Indonesia teaching the culture of tobacco. That's what the plan to help all the other cultures around the world rise up to the standard of liveing of the level of a small farmer in Kentucky. so, our tax money went to training others to take away our way of liveing, but, I'm not bitter.
    Anyway he told of showing up at a farmer's place to check out the crop and the guy wasn't home. They waited and eventually the guy shows up. When pressed about missing their appointment he replied "te abala abala com bali baasok '. I'm sure my spelling is incorrect , but, this translates to , Makes no difference. Come back tomorrow.
    And so it goes.
  5. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Went down to the recommended restaurant down the street and had some beans, rice, plantains, liver and salad. It was quite good for 6500 pesos (3.73):

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    Sunday night street scene:

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    Not much going on Sunday evening. I have been asking people if they mind me taking pictures and alas the resounding answer is no. I am a failure as a paparazzi I am afraid.

    It is important to remember that these pics don't come with sound. If you listen to this soundtrack while viewing these pics you'll get a good idea of what the street sounds are like walking down the back alleys of Cartagena:


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    As you may have guessed, I love Colombia!


    Saludos,
    Juan Salsa
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  6. Dracula

    Dracula Dilettante

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    Watching the world go by..

    When I grew up, I used to spend all summer vacations in a small village by Danube river in Romania at my grand parent's house. Weekend afternoons, mostly everyone there used to dress in their nicest clothes, and sit on the bench outside in front of their homes by the main road, talk with neighbors about life in general and watch "the world go by". It was a way of connecting and saying hello to each other and passing by folks. Almost everyone knew each other so they often stopped and talked about their life, work, and families. This is how local news was spread. They were farmers who got up at 4 AM and rode their horse pulled carts to the fields where they worked the land every day until late night. Or fishermen who went to the river for the catch of the day. It was a simple life. I still remember the heavenly smell and taste of freshly baked bread my grand mother used to bake in a wood fired clay oven. When I was returning to the big city for the rest of the year, I always felt isolated living in the apartment building where everyone rushed by going about their mundane city lives, people didn't take time to notice each other and kept it mostly to themselves. And now we have the Internet.
  7. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Vic,

    It must be cultural. That's all I can figure. I can almost smell your grand mother's bread baking. Mmmm mmm.

    Not much in the way of good bread in South America, alas. I'm going to have to make it to Romania.

    Saludos,

    Juan Amante del Pan
  8. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    I shouldn't really care about my star ratings, but I can't help it. Two people gave me 1 star ratings and dropped me down to 4.79. WTH?

    I guess it was the pot pics. Probably not a good idea. Or maybe my failed attempts at paparazzi shots.

    Sorry if I offended anyone. I am just trying to report what I find.

    Saludos,
    Juan Periodista
  9. nvklr

    nvklr Been here awhile

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    ha! I didn't even know one could rate a thread, until just now. Just cast my vote, 5 stars, only because I can't do 10. Maybe I can vote twice? :lol3

    Thank you much, for the entertainment, as I look at the weather guessers forecast of snow in the near future. :eek1
  10. gasandasphalt

    gasandasphalt Been here awhile

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    John, Most of us that anxiously look forward to your up-dates would rate your RR a 10 if possible,, a couple of 1's reflect on the mentality of the ones doing the rate...... press on, 'NO FEAR' :wink:
  11. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Thanks nvklr!

    I feel better already. It's really stupid I know. But when you're out on the road trying to keep people entertained through the winter it means a lot.

    Muchas gracias amigo,
    Juan Whiner
  12. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hola gasandasphalt,

    NO FEAR it is. These things shouldn't bother me. But when you're 10,000 miles from anywhere sending postcards from the edge it seems to make a difference.

    Gracias amigo,
    Juanito
  13. nvklr

    nvklr Been here awhile

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    I'll make a mental note to chime in more often with words of encouragement, don't want you to think we lost interest, because we haven't!:beer
  14. gasandasphalt

    gasandasphalt Been here awhile

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    John, You are not 10,000 miles from nowhere,,,, You are 'THERE' ,,, We are 10,000 miles away........
  15. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Oh right, be here now. I forgot sensei.

    What was I thinking? I think it's time to hit the road less traveled. MaƱana me voy.

    Juan Grasshopper.
  16. Cal

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    Hola Obejuancanobe
    I haven't been to Colombia since 1999 and at that time it was a little unsafe. I have always wanted to get back there on my bike so I am saving my shakles. My spanish teacher here in Calgary is from Bogota and the whole extended family is fantastic!
    I look forward to your posts everyday.
    Suerte!
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    Hi John,

    Those who love your story for telling it as it is, will always do. That's the conundrum with social media me thinks. You can't please everyone all the time, especially the self righteous bunch who will always want to see the world only as they like it (it's not perfect, which keeps things interesting). When in my Alaska trip one night camping was offered pot by a bunch of young guys around the campfire and was really surprised. Took few drags out of curiosity and to be polite, but really didn't get anything out of it or cared for the taste (which am told is an acquired one). I never judged them for their preferences and once I got to know them, felt OK with their interesting company for one night though I could tell they were no "saints" from the stories told around the fire. It's all part of the travel ADV experience you can't always pick and choose exactly, and I think each man does it for his own self discovery as much as meeting new faces and seeing new places, experiencing the sensations of being out there in a very different world from our usual, familiar places. Who knows, maybe one day we'll meet in Romania and ride in the Carpathians and to the Black Sea. It is long overdue for me. Until then, living in parallel universes, I enjoy your stories and ride report very much as they are presented.

    Best,
    Vic
  18. TrashCan

    TrashCan Scary Jerry

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    Some folks were weaned on a pickle, and want to drag others down with them.

    You just keep on drinking out of that half full glass brother.

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  19. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hola Cal,

    Colombia has changed. Get down here! A Spanish teacher from Bogota? What are you waiting for? Fantastic extended family? Colombia is calling. Your shekels will go far. Alberta is no place to spend the winter months. I think the smart money is on riding to Miami and air freighting your bike to Bogota. The sooner the better.

    Saludos,
    Juan Turista Advisor
  20. Klay

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    I find the same troubles with taking pictures of people. Carry on with all else, however. Great journey.
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