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Apr 12, 2009 - Mompos: Easter Sunday mass, processions, river ride

Today we woke up to Easter Sunday. Awwww, no easter egg hunt of bunny for me! Marianna said she was obliged to go to Easter Mass in the morning for fear that her mother would kill her, so all three of us dressed up in our Sunday best and headed to the Church adjacent to our hostal. It was the liveliest mass I ever saw! The priests were singing pop-like songs, clapping their hands and encouraging everyone to sing along. The interlude music was also rather jumpy and fun for Mass. But hey, we enjoyed it! After the hour long mass, the...

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Apr 11, 2009 - Mompos

Well we managed to get a bit of sleep and then woke up just in time to pack up, kiss Cartagena goodbye and pile into our new friend Tito's 4X4 truck. We had hired Tito to take us to Mompos instead of having to brave hours on a bus/boat/mototaxi. We had lovely AC and plenty of room and all took turns napping through the scenery as it changed from desert-like coastal to cattle-filled plains and steamy jungle and backwater rivers. It was a good 6 hours and the sun was just setting as we arrived at the Casa Amarilla, run by a friendly, young...

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Sep 26, 2005 - Country Roads Take Me Home

The road from the Caribbean coast is both long and hot. From Taganga, I detoured back through Cartagena to the interior of Magdalena - nine hours in travel time - to reach the tiny town of Mompos. Mompos is well off the tourist track, and not easy to reach. Bridges are few and far between so part of the journey involves a river crossing. This is the Colombian bayou, a swampy area of marshes, flood plains, sweltering heat and mosquitoes with attitude. Mompos itself was once a prosperous river town, as the Spaniards used it as a staging...

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