Ready for part #4 ?
▶ If you want, you can find the previous posts of this Colombia Travel Diary series right here ! :
- Colombia Travel Diary #1
- Colombia Travel Diary #2 : Breakfast, Witchcraft & Shopping !
- Colombia Travel Diary #3 : Cheese Empanadas, National Day, & Finca
- Colombia Travel Diary #4 : Dentist, Finca Lunch, and Gambling Games !
So, as I said in the previous post we had a dentist appointment that morning, and the next morning too !
Fear of the Dentist :
I don’t hate dentists, I know they only do what they do to take care of your teeth’s health. I just hate pain, and especially pain that involves touching my skeleton (maybe you didn’t realize this, but your teeth are the only part of your skeleton that pops out ! IT’S WEIRD OK ) I hate that vibrating and sharp sensation you get from the tools touching and filing your teeth, resonating though all your bones. Plus, I have sensitive gums that bleed easily, that doesn’t help at all with the pain !
Anyways, we always go to the dentist in Colombia, because for some reason they’re waaay better than the french ones.
They’re more professional, kinder and softer, they listen to you when you say you’re hurting, AND they have all the latest techniques and equipment from the United States. French dentists lack all of the above, so really the choice is pretty simple.
I went to get a regular cleaning, and also to try out teeth whitening ! I’ll show you how it turns out later !
Lunch at the Finca :
One of my uncles was inaugurating his new cooking kiosk, so we had lunch !
They prepared a Sancocho, which is a Colombian kind of “stew” soup made with hen meat (or chicken), tubers (plantain, potatoes, cassava/manioc…), vegetables (corn, carrots, peas…) served in a broth. I looove this soup, it also tastes like childhood to me (like almost everything in Colombia let’s be honest).
My uncle also grilled some meat on a mini brick grill :
It was really good !
We also ate some (obviously) homemade Guacamole :
And here are some Envueltos de Choclo, (to the left), they’re like soft moist corn cakes, wrapped in plantain tree leaves, it gives them a particular taste ! To the right, these are Chontaduros, a kind of weird fruit you eat with salt, it tastes terrible to me, but everyone in my family seems to love it.
Then we chilled a bit on the grass, chatting with some beers.
Also, my uncle has the cutest doggie, she’s called Avena (it means oatmeal in spanish) :
Gambling Card Games :
In Colombia we always play a particular card game, which is called 31, where the point is basically to get as close as possible to 31 with the cards you have, you have only three lives (that are represented with stones, corn seeds, or any small object).
The particular thing is that here, this game always involves money, be it a 100 peso coin or a 1000 peso bill. I don’t think we ever played without money at all, even when we were little !
I know for some people it can be a weird thing to do, or even something that can make them uncomfortable. But for me the fact that it involves money has always been part of the game, so I don’t really mind.
My grand mother regularly meets with her sister and other friends, in the sole point of playing 31 all evening.
We stayed there playing, until the sun went down. The sunsets are always a nice sight in my grandfather’s Finca !
And for dinner, we went to a small restaurant and we had some Empanadas with Morcilla, a kind of blood sausage mixed with rice and blood (I don’t really like these) :
(Have you heard of my Colombian Empanadas Recipe yet ?)
The next day, we were taking a plane to Florencia ! Since Colombia doesn’t have a train system AT ALL, we always have to go to Cali’s Airport, because it’s the one with the most flight options.
So next stop : Florencia !
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