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Dessert Tacos in Bogota

Building on my walk around Bogota today.

The trip is winding down, sadly. We’ve spent the last couple days in Bogota pretty much relaxing and enjoying the last days of vacation. Despite being on ‘summer vacation’ for the next few months, I’ve actually got to do a lot of studying, research, and writing…so I’ll be quite busy back in the NYC.

We hung out at the hostel (Destino Nomada) when we returned Friday, and participated in the BBQ they offered. For only 12000 pesos we got carne de res, salchicha, arepa, guacamole, and cebollas (beef, sausage, arepa, guac, and onion salad. So good, too bad we didn’t take a picture. After word got back to our friends in Medellin that we corrupted the hostel and tried to get everybody drunk. In fact, we were the responsible ones, and tried to move the mentality away from college drinking games. Headed out on the town with some Aussies and had fun in La Candelaria (the neighborhood around our Hostel).

Next day we were feeling less than useful, but managed to motivate out to the Jardin Botánico de Bogotá (the Botanical Gardens) for only 2000 pesos (~US$1.25). It was nice to get out of the city, and they even had volunteer guides. The guide told us names like ‘bad mother’, step-mother’, ‘elephant’s ear’, and ‘Micky Mouse ears’. Of course, I took too many pictures.

The sculpture that fell over and rusted. Obviously my favorite.

Flores en la Jardin.

'Elephant's Ears'. They have a fuzzy texture.

Step Mother...sharp barbs on the end, like on your step-mother's tongue.

Hanging lettuce growing out of trash bags.


Cisne Negra (might have spelled that wrong), a.k.a. Black Swan.

Today I just walked around the city a little more. Went back to the Botero Museum, because I can’t pass up a free museum that’s just down the street. One of the things I liked was the Henry Moore sketches and statues.

Moore Sketches

Moore Statue (little blurry)

Tonight is the last night, and since we have to leave early we probably won’t go out too hard. To tell the truth, all I can dream about is this taco/empanada store we found. They sell 5 kinds of empanadas/tacos, and all are delicious. One is ‘taco de queso y bocadillo’, and tastes like deep fried buttery strawberries. We’re going to head out and get some dinner, and buy some delicious Colombian food to bring tomorrow for tomorrow’s long day of travel!

Some of the buildings on the historic square. Bye bye Bogota.


Zipaquirá and Medellín

Zipaquira with ominous lighting.

We decided to take a day trip to Zipaquirá and check out the salt mine cathedral. Basically it’s a huge halite mine that’s still functioning, but the minors built an underground cathedral depicting the 12 steps Jesus takes during the holy week…or something to that effect. Very religious, but also some cool geology. The rock salt is stronger than pure salt, so there is no need for supporting structures (wood or metal berms), as long as the miners maintain the proper ratio of holes vs. walls.

Larger than life salt miner statue (can't tell the scale, but he's like 15 feet tall).

Mary and Jesus watch over us in Zipaquirá.

It took forever to get to the mines because every time we asked where the cathedral was people directed us to the actual church. Finally we made it to an area with a museum, the cathedral, the largest rock climbing structure in South America (their claim), and other touristy things.  We waited 3o minutes for an English tour, and learned a lot about the mine and Christianity. Interesting stuff, although the guides geology was off. Lucky for him my Spanish is not good enough to explain the difference between salty oceans and the ocean as a source of salt.

Zipaquirá from the Church.

We headed back to Bogotá, and on the bus met a nice guy who spoke English. He shared some of his fruit, which got Marley excited. We tried a Granadilla. It’s kind of like eating a pomegranate, but tastes more like a kiwi/starfruit combo to me.

Granadilla (fruit)

We’re in Medellín right now, about to head out to Manizales. We stayed at Casa Blanca hostel, which is nice and clean and fairly quiet. It’s also pretty close to La Zona Rosa, where there’s a bunch of nightlife.

Hostel Casa Blanca

We went out last night and I had a great Burger topped with refried  beans, ham, lettuce, and other stuff, to which I added guacamole, onions, jalapenos, and potato sticks. Delish…although extremely messy to eat! After, we got drinks at a super tourist bar which had a breathalyzer, to ensure you know how much booze is in your system. We then went to a German bar, which was quieter and more relaxed, before heading back to the hostel for the night.

One thing I’ve noticed is Colombia loves it’s Botero, celebrating him with a free museum in Bogotá (I’ll show pictures later, maybe), and sculpture parks around the country. As we walked around Medellín yesterday I got a great breakfast, and then had fun taking pictures of the sculptures.

Breakfast of champions: hot chocolate and pastel de guayaba.

Colombianos chilling by Botero's Caballo

Botero Sculpture in the park

Our goal is to make it to Manizales tonight, and then to Santa Rosa tomorrow where there are some cascadas and thermal baths. So, hopefully we’ll be relaxing in some hot tubs tomorrow around this time. SPA DAY!