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.
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.
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!