26 Feb

The coffee growers of Central and South Colombia have decided to hold a strike, demanding higher subsidies for their coffee exports (I gather). This isn’t any old strike with big banners and rhyming calls… instead, they’ve decided to block the roads in the whole south of the country meaning that no cars or buses can get anywhere. Apparently a few buses have tried to get through today, which resulted in them being burned to the ground (we assume with nobody in them).

This means that we’re stuck in Popayan and not able to make it through to Ecuador. There’s a hundred and one mixed stories going around about what’s going on and when the buses will be running again, though it sounds like we’re going to be here for at least another day. We woke at 4am this morning to try and sneak through on an early bus, but ended up back in bed by 5am after soon realising we were going nowhere. We’ve thought about catching a night bus to the border, but it’s apparently not all that safe with 2 or more hijackings in the last 6 months… I’m not such a fan of those odds, especially when the roads are already blocked with mud and angry coffee growers.

We’re going to try again tomorrow- don’t stress, we’re safe and sound and won’t take any dangerous travel options (at least for the next few days). For now, we’ve resigned ourselves to the fact that our days are going to be filled with the following…

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