wtorek, 5 marca 2013

Zatrzymani w Cali / Stopped in Cali

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Od ponad tygodnia siedzimy w Cali  i nie mozemy sie stad ruszyc.... Ale moze zaczne od poczatku....

Z plantacji kawy w Recuca pojechalismy na dworzec w Armenii, skad zlapalismy autobus do Cali. Podroz minela nam dosyc szybko i bez zadnych problemow. Gdy dojechalismy pierwsza rzecza do zrobienia bylo znalezienie kafejki internetowej, aby zobaczyc czy mamy gdzie spac... Pisalam zapytania na Couch Surfingu, ale bez powodzenia. Zdesperowana zostawilam wiadomosc na grupie "Couch Ultimo Minuto/Cali" majac nadzieje, ze jakas dobra duszyczka sie nad nami zlituje i przygarnie nas pod swoj dach. Z dusza na ramieniu sprawdzalam czy ktos mi odpisal... Ale... JEST! Victor, ktory mieszka pod Cali w Jamundi powiedzial, ze mozemy sie u niego zatrzymac na dwie noce. No to jestesmy uratowani:)

Nastepnego dnia caly dzien spedzilismy na zwiedzaniu Cali - uniwersytet, pieknie polozony na wzgorzu z widokiem na miasto kosciol San Antonio, stary, klimatyczny kosciolek La Marced, kosciol La Ermita... Powloczylismy sie po miescie, po jego ruchliwych uliczkach wypelnionych po brzegi straganami i wieczorem pojechalismy spotkac sie z Victorem, ktory zabral nas na piwo do klimatycznego baru. Podobno w weekendy bar ten jest pelen ludzi, ktorzy pija piwo, rozmawiaja, tancza salse... Jednak we wtorek miejsce to nie bylo przesadnie ozywione, aczkolwiek ciagle calkiem klimatyczne z delikatna muzyka latynoska w tle.


Problemy zaczely sie nastepnego dnia... Z samego rana pojechalismy na dworzec, aby zlapac autobus do Ipiales, skad dwa dni pozniej mielismy sie przedostac do Ekwadoru. Na dworcu okazalo sie, ze od poniedzialku nie odjezdzaja z Cali zadne autobusy w strone Ipiales z powodu strajku plantatorow kawy... Przez prawie dwie godziny staralam sie (bez powodzenia) zorientowac czy jest jakas szansa, ze ten strajk sie wkrotce skonczy ale nikt nic nie wiedzial. Znowu zdesperowani zadzwonilismy do Victora, ktory bez chwili zastanowienia powiedzial: "przyjezdzajcie!". Tym sposobem po raz drugi nas uratowal za co chyba nigdy nie damy rady sie odwdzieczyc... :) 



Na dodatek, coby nasz dzien nie byl tak do konca zmarnowany Victor umowil nas ze swoim znajomym Oscarem, ktory zabral nas na wzgorze, gdzie znajduje sie olbrzymi pomnik Chrystusa - Cristo Rey i skad rozposciera sie wspanialy widok na miasto, natomiast wieczorem zabral na lekcje salsy :)ia

W srode naprawde mielismy jeszcze nadzieje, ze strajk sie skonczy przed koncem tygodnia, ale mamy juz wtorek, strajk trwa dziewiaty dzien, a my ciagle tkwimy w Cali... Przenieslismy sie tylko do znajomego Victora - Oscara (w koncu ilez mozna siedziec biednemu Victorowi i jego mamie na glowie!), a od jutra mamy zarezerwowany hostel... Do plantatorow kawy przylaczyli sie kierowcy ciezarowek, ktorzy rowniez blokuja drogi, a rzad nie za bardzo ma ochote sie z kimkolwiek ukladac... Wszyscy mowia, ze jest to najwiekszy i najdluzszy strajk w historii Kolumbii... Tylko dlaczego musial wybuchnac akurat teraz?! Bilety lotnicze sa niesamowicie drogie, drogi poblokowane... Tak wiec coz mamy robic... czekamy...


English:


For more than a week we are siting in Cali and we cannot move on .... But maybe I should start from the beginning ....

From the coffee plantation in Recuca we went to the station in Armenia, from where we caught a bus to Cali. The trip passed us quite quickly and without any problems. When we arrived to Cali the first thing to do was to find internet coffee to see if we have a place to stay... I sent few Couch Surfing requests but no success. I left a desperate message to the group "Couch Ultimo Minuto / Cali" in the hope that some sort of good little soul will take pity on us and invite us under his or her roof. A bit scared I was checking if someone replied to me ... And ... YES! Victor, who lives in Jamundi next to Cali said that we can stop at his place for two nights. Well, we are saved :)

The next day we spent the whole day exploring Cali - university, beautifully situated on a hill overlooking the city church San Antonio, the old, atmospheric little church La Marced, La Ermita church ... We were wandering in the city, through the busy streets filled with stalls and in the evening we went to meet with Victor, who took us to a very nice bar for a beer. Apparently on weekends the bar is full of people who drink beer, talk, dance salsa ... But on Tuesday, the place was not too lively, but very atmospheric with a Latin music in the background.

Problems started the next day ... In the morning we went to the station to catch a bus to Ipiales, from where two days later we were to get to Ecuador. At the station, it turned out that since Monday no buses have departed from Cali towards Ipiales because of strike of coffee growers... For almost two hours, I tried to (unsuccessfully) to find out if there's any chance that the strike would finish soon but no one knew anything. Being desperate we called Victor again, who, without a moment of hesitation said: "Come back". This way, Victor saved us for the second time for what we probably never will be able to pay back... 

In addition, he tried to save our day from being totally wasted and he arranged for us a meeting with his friend Oscar, who took us on the hill, where there is a huge statue of Christ - Cristo Rey and from where there is a splendid view of the city, and in the evening he took us for a salsa lessons :) 

On Wednesday we really hoped that the strike will end before the end of the week, but now it is already Tuesday, the ninth day the strik, and we are still stuck in Cali ... We moved only to a friend of Victor - Oscar (on the end of the day for how long we could possibly be a burden for poor Victor and his mum!), And from tomorrow we have booked a hostel ... Few days ago truck drivers joined coffee growers in strike, and they are also blocking the roads, and the government doesn't seem to be willing to come to any agreement with anyone... Everyone says that this is the biggest and longest strike in the history of Colombia ... But why it have has to happened now?! Airline tickets are incredibly expensive, road are blocked ... So... What can we do .. wait ...

2 komentarze:

  1. the roads are 24hours blocked for everybody, cars, buses and everyone? A general strike or just coffee growers? wow, they know how to do a proper strike. Anyway good luck in the next days :)

    ANGEL

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  2. Yeah... they know how to strike... Apparently the longest and the biggest strike in Colombia.. Basically I agree with the coffee farmers but why now??????????????????? It just coffee growers now but there was a moment that truck drivers and cocoa farmers joined them as well....

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