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Overnight Bus To Barranquilla

On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, I took the metro to the northern bus station in Medellin and with a little hand gesturing and patience, managed to buy an overnight bus ticket to Barranquilla, a large city on the Caribbean coast which plays host to Colombia´s biggest annual Carnaval celebration.  The one way ticket cost was about $40.  Countless other travelers passing through the hostel had already confirmed for me that the long range buses were safe and comfortable.  I booked a return flight on Avianca thanks to a promotional fare of just $53 (about half price).

The bus terminal seemed fine by day, but when I returned Thursday night, it had a more ominous and crowded feel (as bus terminals anywhere in the world often do).  I kept my bags close, and after a thirty minute wait, boarded my 9pm bus to Barranquilla.  The seats were amongst the most comfortable of my entire trip.  The air-conditioning revved up and froze me to a degree reminiscent of my overnight bus in Laos, however I was prepared with long pants and a hooded sweatshirt.

The start of the 13-hour ride was nauseating as we wound up the curving mountain rodes out of the valley.  It was dark, and raining, so visibility was limited to within the bus.  A DVD of currently popular Spanish music videos began to play at an agreeable level.  I managed to get a few hours of sleep during the journey.

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