Passing through Santa Fe de Antioquia was a pleasure - though it's about the same age and general history, I'm still surprised to see how similar it is to Santa Fe, New Mexico... the Plaza Mayor surrounded by two-story wood-framed thick-walled adobe buildings, park filled with local artesans selling their crafts, artist studios, restaurants galore, tourists abound. Fascinating.
This part of Colombia has proven to be pretty comfortable pilgrim land. Medellin is a clean and tidy city, modern and bustling, like Lima, and very livable. I chanced to meet a family man who invited me to his daughter´s highschool graduation party at the house. I accepted, of course, and enjoyed an afternoon's minivacation from the pilgrimage in such comfortable surroundings with pleasant conversation with the various guests. Despite the temptation to stay the night in great comfort, I moved on instead to the convent of Franciscan nuns in Medellin in order to get critical information regarding the location of their missions in the Darian Gap. Onwards, now, toward the thick of the jungle, three more days until I encounter the last town (or maybe four days) and then footpaths to the unmapped tribal villages. Stay tuned. I'll try to blog once again before I'm totally off the grid, but expect at least a week to ten days before I pop up somewhere in Panama. A solid plan.