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The scene from yesterday’s landslide in Colombia’s Purace National Natural Park
Nathaniel Perlow: Corn Nation

The travels through Colombia continue. In the last two weeks, I have traveled to the Colombian cities of Jerico, Jardin, Salento, Cali, and Popayan over the course of a couple weeks. I’ve danced salsa in the salsa capital of the world, hiked in the Colombia Andes, observed the world’s tallest palm trees and seen a waterfall in a cave.

However, the most interesting day might have been yesterday. I was riding in a minibus from Popayan to San Agustin (my next destination) when suddenly we came upon a huge traffic jam in the middle of nowhere (but technically inside the boundaries of a national park). We soon discovered that an early morning landslide completely blocked the road.

I ended up talking with some of the drivers at the scene of the landslide who said they had been stuck there since 6:00 am (we arrived at the scene around 2:30 pm). Rain started to come down a bit. We were high up in the mountains so the weather was chilly and the visibility was low due to the fog.

We weren’t really sure when the road was going to be clear. I noticed that some people, from other minibuses that left hours before us, were removing their luggage from the back and walking across the mud to the other side of the landslide to catch a ride to their destination. I wanted to do the same thing but we couldn’t find our driver.

We decided to stay put on the bus. I eventually went outside again to check on the status of the road and discovered the road was partially cleared with cars, buses and trucks starting to move across. I quickly rushed back to my bus and we were on our way to San Agustin (after a 2.5-3 hours delay).

I guess this is a good as time as ever to open the floor and share your stories of times where rare natural events (landslides, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc.) delayed your travel plans. Anyways onto Flakes...

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They look so fluffy and soft.

Have you ever been hypnotized?

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