Sunday, September 26, 2010

Salt of the Earth

Roger is off ordering equipment and drills in Canada and the U.S. this week, so I'm lucky that good friends from Calgary, Carol and Terry, are visiting Bogota so I'm happy to have their company.

Before leaving, Roger arranged a driver to take us to Zipaquira to visit the famous Salt Cathedral.  For two hours we toured the huge caverns with incredibly beautiful religious

The main cathedral hosts up to 3,000 on Sundays when Mass is held along with weddings and baptisms.

After the tour of the main part of the mine, we took a "miners tour" repleat with hardhats with lamps.

Left to right:  Craig Stratford    , Kevin Harvey, (both men have worked with Roger in other countries and are now here working at PetroTiger with Roger), me, Carol, Terry.
At one point we were asked to turn our lamps off as we were led through a tight space to show us just how dark it was. I literally could not see my hand in front of my face.  Not a place for people with claustrophobia!

After the tours, I asked the driver to take us to a restaurant in Zipaquira and he took us to a restored farmhouse that serves Colombian food.

A wonderful lunch of hearty soup, flank steak, baked potatoes and salad.   

The bricks are actually covered in salt
This is the wood burning oven where they cook baked potatoes
A great day spent with friends seeing new sights.  Marvilloso!

“A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.”

Antoine de St. Exupery

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