Reunion in Bogota and beyond! (Days 8-11)
Sofia and I met in Tibet. Luckily we got along very well since we were the only two on our tour and were with each other 24/7 for over a week. So, here we are reunioning in Sofia's home country and town, Bogota! She picked us up at the airport and was the most amazing host ever! We can't thank you enough.
|Sofia and I drinking salpicon in San Bolivar Park.|
|Library at San Bolivar Park. Great architecture.|
|Fruit lesson at the store. Curuba is a tropical fruit unlike any in the US.|
By now, we drank lots of tropical fruit drinks (curuba, lulo, zapote, nispero, moracuya, mango) but most of them we had no clue what they looked like or couldn't even pinpoint the flavor. So Sofia gave us a lesson on Colombian fruits. So delicious!
|One of the many awesome breakfasts Sofia made for us. Fresh fruit (no that is not cucumber or squash), hot chocolate and other delicious treats. I recall Sofia talking about these meals in Tibet and now I finally get to enjoy them myself.|
Exploring La Candeleria: Old town (Day 9)
|Plaza de Bolivar. Christmas decorations still everywhere!|
|Side street in Old Town with mountains in looming in the background. Bogota is at 2,600 m (yes, I'm totally in the metric system)|
|Traditional homey ajiaco soup (the one we are staring excitedly at), one of our most favorite meals in Colombia.|
We had been waiting a whole week for this ajiaco soup made of chicken, corn, potatoes and cream. It's only in Bogota where the temp is a lot cooler than the Carribean Coast. Also beans/rice and a chicken soup. All with the largest avocados ever. So delicious!
Also note I am wearing some new travel clothes never seen before. That's because Shar actually overpacked warm clothes and I underpacked for cold weather. Thanks for the many loans, Sharlene!
Hitting up the museums
|National Museum: |
new interactive exhibit with LCD screens and audio that more accurately portrays Colombia's recent past.
|Museo Boteo, where everything is playfully plump, even the books and fruits.|
|Monkey! Our favorite at the top-rated museum in Bogota, Museo de Oro.|
|Panoramic view from atop Monserrate|
|Honoraries of Colombia! Thanks Ibraim for tracking down the restaurant workers to sash us.|
We went to a branch of the famous Andres Carnes de Res restaurant for the "experience" as Ibraim said. And it was quite the experience. We saw Ghostbusters and zombies reenactments, lots of crowning of kings and queens and given our sashes above. Definitely unique. It was a first for all of us so we were celebrating just because!
Bussing to Zipaquira for the Salt Catedral (Day 10)Thus far we had been sitting luxuriously in mini SUVs of Sofia's or her friends or in taxis which are relatively inexpensive. This day, we finally hopped on the amazing public transport called the Transmilenio. Bogota opened up these express bus lines which have their own lanes and platforms in the middle of major roads and freeways. Pretty ingenious.
|All time favorite pastry in Colombia called Milhojas. Neopolitan flakiness with custard goodness and arequipe (dulce de leche) sweetness. Yum!|
|New amigas: Sofia, me, Sharlene and Diana hanging out in suburbia Chia. Still enjoying the holiday decorations.|
Exploring beyond Bogota (Day 11)
For our last day, Sofia arranged for us and her friends to check out Laguna and lake Guatavita and some small towns.
|Posing at Laguna Guatavita, aka El Dorado. Do you see the gold?|
|One, two ... wait, is Diego jumping already?! Sandra and her baby are just chilling while we engage in our shenanigans. Fun with more new amigos.|
|Postres at the small town of Guatavita. Some were quite delicious!|
|Last stop, Lake Gautavita. What a fun day!|
|Good night Bogota! It was a splendid time|