Sigh. Waking up in Colombia felt like a dream. Less than three weeks have passed, and I still wish I was hugging all of my smiling Caleños. I am glad I took many photos to remember this beautiful trip!
Huevos de codorniz, or quail eggs, are commonly eaten for breakfast in Colombia, which excited me, since they are an Asian delicacy! They are hard boiled and eaten several at a time. They taste like chicken eggs, but are much smaller. To get the same amount of protein found in one chicken egg, you have to eat a few of the quail eggs. No problem! Of course, a small cup of coffee completed breakfast (haha, friends know it isn’t mine.)
Beneath the spiny exterior of the guanábana, or soursop, is a messy but slightly sweet and sour fruit! I peeled apart little pods of white fruit from the slimy interior. Each pod contained a black inedible seed. Since I was one of few that enjoyed guanábana, Mauricio’s mom put the rest into a blender to make a shake. So good and so good for you! It has been known to have cancer-fighting properties.
Check out our spread for breakfast! My sister, Diana, is cutting the pan con queso, or bread with goat cheese. To the right are tamales that were made by Mauricio’s aunt. Rice, pork, chicken, potatoes, peas, eggs, and carrots are wrapped and cooked in plantain leaves. This retained the moisture of the food and kept the chicken so moist! The egg mixture on the bottom is perico, which is scrambled eggs with chopped tomatoes and onions. All so savory!
The water was freezing. That little nook beneath the waterfall was where I hid to enter and then escape the cold.
Everyone was quite impressed at my upper body and core strength. I know my attempts at a Human Flag were pretty astonishing. The White Bird of Paradise tree can grow to enormous heights with the bottom fanning and branching many leaves.
The highlight of my day: Cousin Juan David, Mauricio, Christian, Tío Misael, and I played barefoot 5 vs. 5 soccer on a mountain with the locals! Within seconds, I scored a “gooooooal”! After a while, I experienced shortness of breath, while running in the high altitudes. That did not stop us. We were leading 5-0, then lost 6-7. (Maybe it did stop us.) My team was so awesome! You should have seen Tío Misael weaving through our opponents and kicking goals. This was so. Much. FUN!!
A row of Birds of Paradise flowers! They represent joyfulness and paradise. How fitting!
The national dish of Colombia is bandeja paisa, or paisa platter. I have had this in Florida, and it does not compare. I almost finished the entire plate of steak, chorizo, pork belly, fried eggs with ground beef beneath it, sweet plantain, avocado, an arepa, rice, and beans. Whew! I needed it all, after a day of swimming and soccer!
My sister had the sancocho de gallina, or chicken and vegetable soup, with potatoes and yucca.
I reveled in playing barefoot at Las Playas del Carmen with the plush grass beneath my feet and in eating authentic Colombian food with my “family”.
Next week, I will share our dangerous climb to a much larger waterfall and close-up of Cristo Rey on Day 4!
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