Far away, in the foothills of Colombia, in a pretty Spanish town called Zipaquirá, lies a hidden cathedral -- Catedral de Sal. This cathedral was constructed within a salt mine in the mid 1900's. If you press your tongue against the wall, like a kid dared to the frozen flagpole, the smooth grey stone tastes of salt. In fact, it is salt.
Other interesting facts desde mis ojos azules:
- The tour of the cathedral was really a run through the stations of the cross, each of which had a salt-carved cross at varying heights, depths, and distances from various precipices.
- It looked like they called in the tech department from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to do the lighting effects.
- In the forties, people toured the mine/cathedral in their automobiles. These days, they've perfected their circular ventilation design with occasional draft vents, and prohibited things like smoking and, ahem, driving your vehicle inside the mountain.
- The singing from a mass once held in the underground cathedral is rumored to have been heard out to the coast.
-You can have your picture taken in front of a giant purple altar, and then printed on a slab of salt! Or a t-shirt. Whichever you prefer.
And finally, to end the day, a kindly gentleman with a yellow-umbrella-ed cart will prepare for you, from twenty years' experience, an oblea con todo. This is, a waffle wafer the size of an outstretched hand, slathered with: arequipe (dulce de leche/caramel), leche condensada (sweet and condensed milk), crumbled parmesan, y mora (blackberry jelly). It looks somewhat like the following photograph (I still have not replaced my stolen camera):