Celebrating my birthday – Colombian style.
A welcome break from the staff quarters came in the form of an invitation to spend the eve of my birthday at ‘Casa Principal’ (the main house). A room here normally costs circa £100 a night – it is a gorgeous place in an amazing location.
Casa Principal is equipped with a huge outdoor cinema, so that evening we watched ‘a good year’ staring Russell Crowe.
Next morning I was treated to ‘breakfast in bed’ followed by a leisurely ‘lie in’. All the staff at Hacienda Venecia had got to hear about my birthday and as I met them, as the morning unfolded, I was bombarded with smiles, hugs, and kisses. Later that day Hanna and I were driven into Manizales where we enjoyed lunch and some retail therapy.
At around 7.30 pm we arrived back at Hacienda Venecia and enjoyed a sumptuous meal with Juan Pablo and his parents. A simple but absolutely scrumptious birthday cake was also quickly devoured along with the odd glass of Malbec.