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Merlin’s Cafe

We didn’t get much sleep and it was really hard to sleep in – the flat is very light and so I have been waking up much earlier than I used to. It was really nice to wake up with Norbert here! The poor guy had to wake early for work and I tried to sleep in – but – it was hard.

I have not yet been to Candelaria. People here tell you that it is a dangerous area – but then they tend to say that about a lot of areas. I have heard many things from people about how dangerous things are here. So far I have not found that to be true. So far I have felt safe and secure here.  I do take care not to take out my phone in crowded places, and to hang on to my bag with two hands, but I take those precautions in big cities around the world when I travel.  I don’t want to tempt fate and say I feel totally safe, because of course, anything can happen. I do know about other fellows who have had things stolen and have been robbed from. I don’t want to be one of those people!!

Now that Norbert is here to go with me, it is the perfect time to explore Candelaria! It is about two miles from our flat, so we walked down there and enjoyed seeing everything.

We found a little tapas bar that was selling a wine that was affiliated with Arsenal. Norbert LOVES Arsenal – so of course we stopped! They were having a promotion for the wine and giving away Arsenal items with purchases. We had some wine and scotch with olives while chatting. It was nice and relaxing.

There were a lot of street performers and Norbert really enjoyed them. He loves that sort of thing.   The people dancing, painting and singing were entertaining. There was a painter who was really really good. He used spray paint and heat to make the most amazing art. It was actually very impressive.  He put on a great show as well by selling cheap tickets and then picking a winner to get the same amount of money he was selling his art for.  He said you could buy the print for $20,000 COP, or you could buy a ticket to win the print for $2,000 COP.  He had 10 people buy the tickets and then had a boy pull a number out – that person won the print.  It was rather ingenious of him – of course we had a go at it!

We continued walking around the area and made our way to an amazing restaurant called Merlin’s Café. There were dragons everywhere and the atmosphere was rustic and quaint. The food was delicious and affordable. We had grilled meat with mushrooms and a delicious salad. The smell of garlic was what drew us into the restaurant and we were not disappointed! The service was very good and they brought us an oregano basil bread with oil and vinegar to dip it into.  It was a great experience.  We left feeling refreshed and satisfied.  I can’t wait to go back!

What an amazing and perfect day. We made it home thoroughly exhausted!

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