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Old 12-31-2012, 07:08 AM   #199
RexBuck OP
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Joined: May 2010
Location: Interior BC, Canada
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Dec 23 Dec 28 Cali

One of the reasons I wanted to get to Cali is I thought it would be a good place to spend Christmas. They get into Christmas decorations so it does feel a bit like Christmas except it is comfortably warm.

Had a manger scene in this funky looking building

In addition to Kedgi and Mike, a few more traveling bikes showed up Frankie from Hong Kong and Tony from San Francisco on their KLRs. Frankie is an expert at the ADV salute.

Adam from Perth Australia showed up without his KLR. Took a bus over from Popoyan as the Cali Hospital has a reputation for first class medical care. Great attitude - just wants to get his bike fixed and continue his trip. Plans to hang out for a couple of months while he gets himself and his bike back in running condition.

Pretty relaxing time. Casa Blanca is well located with numerous bars, restaurants and shops nearby. This little place next to the bar we frequented had a barbeque out front and made all sorts of tasty stuff. There were a number of bars in the neighborhood and they did a pretty good business delivering food to the hungry drunkards

Like this

About three blocks away is the Chipichapi Shopping Center a very nice, upscale shopping center that would rival any in large North American cities.They even have an artificial skating rink inside

A Colombian Zamboni (Just have to wash the dirt off)

A big hotel is attached - looking up the inside of the tower

A few random pictures around town

Saw this truck built around an old Willys pickup body - Colombians can make these old vehicles last forever.

Folks collecting cardboard and other recyclables frequently used these giant hand-trucks

Some of the Transit Police - usually 2 up on these little bikes. Ideal for the city as they can easily weave through stalled traffic and get through places a full sized vehicle never would

We are all familiar with the Vespa scooter, of which you see thousands around town. How about this rig, a Vespacar

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