While exploring the Entoto Mountains, my Italian and I were approached by a local boy who, after a brief conversation, offered to show us an “outlaw’s cave” in the woods. Eleonora was slightly reluctant, but I interrupted with, “Yes. Absolutely. Please show us.”
And so we were led through the woods along a route I doubt many tourists venture (In fact, we were probably the first):
Until we arrived at the cave which is carved into the side of the mountain:
Inside it is fairly spartan. The boy informed me that the area on the left of the floor of the cave is where one would sleep. The dark space above is a shelf where one can store books, food, gold, guns – or whatever it is that outlaws store. The opening to the right serves as a window and also provides ventilation:
Outside, a seat was carved into a large stone. And it was surprisingly comfortable. If an outlaw grew tired of cave life, they could sit out here and work on their tan, or dream about future travelers and caravans to rob, or count their gold or watch the birds or whatever struck their fancy:
Another view of the cave – this shows what the window (seen above from the inside) looks like on the outside:
One can find the most interesting things in the most unexpected places.