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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.


Street Art in Bogota

One of the things I’ve noticed in Bogota is the plethora of street art. I was expecting it to be more of a country-wide thing, but have really only seen it in Bogota. Admittedly, it’s a large country, and I haven’t seen every street in the few cities I’ve managed to visit. Anyway, here are a bunch of my favorite images. Not sure of all the symbolism behind them, so you can feel free to interpret as you wish.

Two more days to see what this city has to offer. Looking forward to exploring!

Adios Brooklyn, Hola Colombia!!

Sooooo, COLOMBIA!!! It’s kind of awesome. I’m here with my friend Marley, and after a 4 hour delay and no movies in the airplane (Jet Blue gave us a nice credit for our troubles) we made it to Bogota, Colombia! Right off the bat it was an adventure, as we couldn’t locate the shuttle that we had ordered to ease our transition into the world of Spanish speakers. None-the-less, we managed to get into a legit taxi and bargain them down to a reasonable price and get to our hostel at the early hour of Midnight! We’re staying at Destino Nomada in the Candelaria district, which is kind of the old town center. They’ve got some silhouettes in case you aren’t sure what to do in the facilities.

Bathroom Silhouette

Shower Silhouette

The first day Marley and I woke up bright and early and walked and walked around the city. We got a ‘typical breakfast’ and watched the people walking around us, explored the supermarket, and did the ‘walking tour’ in the guidebook. Near the end we just started wandering, and noticed a cathedral at the top of a hill. After consulting a map and my guidebook (tourist alert!), we discovered it’s the Cerro de Montserrate.

Me and the cable car

Cerro de Montserrate from the cable car on the way up.

Buisness district of Bogota from Montserrate.

On our way down we wandered into The Warehouse Art, a gallery that had a great photography exhibit (I wrote the artist in my notebook, but of course that’s not near me now).

The Warehouse.Art . . . free art!

We made it back to the hostel, where we had some drinks and went out in La Zona Rosa, which is far away from where we were staying. It was fun, we partook in the traditional Aguardiente shots (tastes like anise), and stayed out nice and late.

Next day we went to La Catedral de Sol (the Salt Cathedral) in Zipiquira, about an hour outside the city. If nothing else exciting happens, I’ll share some pictures next time I get a chance.
Heading to Medellin today, and then La Zona Cafetera (the coffee growing region). So far so good, and looking forward to seeing some new sites and meeting new people!

(forgive my lack of accents…I don’t know how to add them with this PC computer!)