Monday, 10 July 2006

Santa Fe Antioquia

This weekend I traveled north west via Medellín to celebrate my friend´s sister (Paula)´s 29th birthday. What a party!!!

Their holiday house is in the colonial town of Santa Fe which was the first capital of Colombia. This place is historic, stunning! Their house used to be a school, but the old convent kind, with really high ceilings, courtyards, and corridors running along the outside. The whole place has been renovated, but luckily you wouldn’t know it. It’s one of the best renovations I’ve seen. All the sandstone tiles are old, most are broken, the electricity has been wired using the original system and the pool has dark blue tiles making it look more like a pond then the Versace hotel at the Gold Coast. One of the elements I loved most was the outdoor living, even paintings have been hang up outside!

On Saturday we spent the whole day lounging around in the pool. There was a random English guy there as well, and because he hardly knew anyone he spent the whole time taking photos with his monstrous camera, so when he uploads them onto his website I´ll create a link. Everyone was drinking vodkas and aguardiente, which I believe is completely wrong. Anytime you’re in the sun you need Piña Coladas or at least Mojitos. Luckily I brought a bottle of Bacardi Coconut Rum with me and found a bottle of premix colada cream in the fridge and fresh orange juice… ummmmm too good. Before long everyone was begging me to make them one as well.

Now with the drinks flowing we needed some entertainment and who better than the famous model Andrea Serna. Yes, this house is so beautiful that a photo shot was being conducted with the bar and pool as the backdrops. Of course all the guys couldn´t believe their luck.

Paula had organized for the day to be catered so we were treated to platters of mixed meats and dips served on trays to us while we were in the pool from about 11am. I was horrified, but not surprised to find that all these plates had been entrees and that the main course of lunch was to be served at 5.30pm. Ooooo. Too much!

Their property also has horses and an original carriage with iron wheels. So after ´lunch´ just as the sun was setting I was taken on a private tour of the town… really, I couldn’t believe it. I felt like a princess. It was more romantic than the Sex in the City scene with Carrie and Big - pity my gorgeous tour guide was gay! Quiet a few people were out in carriages, the squares were packed with locals, ´cafes´ over flowing with people and music. I really felt like I had gone back in time, in the days where the boys visited the girl´s houses but had to stand outside like Romeo and talk with them through the wooden barred windows.

But back to the party. The music was pumping, an unusual mix of Latin and house music which was interspersed with random 80´s tracks and other favourites like The Macarena, remember summer of 1996? Everyone was completely gone and all of a sudden it became an outdoor karaoke party with all the girls singing… because I knew none of the words I thought I´d have a little swing in one of the hammocks hanging under the trees. Big mistake, I fell asleep and didn´t wake up till the early hours of the morning by which time the party was reduced to about 5 people.

Yesterday we drove back to Bogotá in record time. 4 hours and 45 minutes. Fernando could challenge Montoya! I have to say I´ve never seen driving like it. I had to hold on because with so many twists and turns I would have been sliding all over the backseats… but I can honestly say the trip was so smooth I thought the car was an automatic. We listened to the final World Cup game on the radio and I had to wonder what it was like at Federation Square with all the Melbourne-Italians.

Tonight I´m off to Cartagena with Catalina, so I´ll update again next week. XX Again, no photos, they won´t upload!!! Ahhhhh!


Anonymous said...

Must try the 'Santa Fe' lunch idea at Bunnyconnellen. Our lunch sittings at 3pm sound positively early! We will also have to smarten up the pool service by the sound of it. It is fun learning through your travels - thank you darling.

Gilly said...

Damn Andrea Serna is hottt!!! Not as hot as my Spanny though! ;)

Anonymous said...

Don't understand what all the fuss is about Andrea Serna - Jennifer Hawkins, I would understand! Only half joking, Andrea is stunning!!