We had lunch at a vegetarian restaurant that was run by an elderly couple. The food was ok, but one of the side dishes tasted terrible, like the veggies they put in it were evil and rotten. I told the waiter about it and got him to try it. He came back with a side of mashed potatoes instead and thanked me for pointing it out. I felt gross after just one bite of the stuff – it was like grilled zucchini and some other squash-like thing (I know, normally that would be delicious) – and an hour later I knew it wasn’t going to go away. I spent the rest of the day barfing and other, for the n’th time in the last six months.
The next day we took it easy. We went out wandering a little bit more and checked out the modern art museum (always entertaining).
Once learning about the rich history of his newly acquired property, the owner decided to abandon his restaurant idea and committed to excavating and preserving all that he could. It must have taken years and cost a fortune (really, a fortune) to do what this guy did. There were underground tunnels extending very far, and we walked through some of these on our short tour. The brickwork was very impressive and the arches were amazing. Everything had been cleaned up nicely, with gorgeous finishes, sound-absorbing panels and lighting added, along with information plaques. They now act as a museum, offering tours once a day at noon (that we missed), although most of their money is made in the hosting of weddings and corporate events. Such a cool place to find, and getting in for free was extra nice!
Well, we’re off to Colombia for the final leg of our trip! Keep bein' chili,