I arrived at the airport and caught a taxi to the hostel. There was lots of traffic and the streets were dirty. The people looked poor and the houses looked rundown. I began to worry about the safety. It took about 30 minutes to get to the hostel. I arrived and there was a big wood door with a doorbell and video camera. They beeped me into the door then there was a second gated door to get into the office and was beeped in again. Talk about security. Anyways the people were very helpful and gave me a tour around the hostel. The hostel is an old building with lots of little rooms to hang out. A dining room with a glass roof and cute tables and plants. A kitchen a living room lots of cute hallways with plants and rooms scattered about. It has a feel of a home. It is all wood and tile with old doors. My room in on the third floor and is tall ceilings and all wood with lots of windows. 6 beds I have the top bunk which is well very high. It's a task to get in and out of bed. Anyways I slept the whole day because I felt run down. Read my book and slept some more. Eventually I ventured out to get an ATM and some food. I got lost about three times, but the locals were helpful in giving directions. Mind you, I had to ask 4 different people where the ATM was and everyone gave me different directions. The neighborhood where the hostel is is very cute and quaint. There are water fountains all along the road and the buildings are all old and colorful. The streets are busy with people selling candies and snacks. The locals dress nice in jeans heels and fancy shirts. Makeup and hair is nice. It makes me feel more comfortable as this hood is a nicer one than I had driven through earlier. Anyways I got a delicious hot tuna sandwich with flaky break and a coffee and headed back to the hostel to sleep more. I ate dinner at the hostel and chatted with a few people before going to bed early. I woke up today feeling worse than the day before, throat swollen painful to swallow and ear ache. Guess a trip to the pharmacy will be needed. This morning 5 of us walked to this little local cafeteria. We walked along the main road that has fountains all along it. A view of the mountains with a church on it is pretty. The city of bogota is in the mountains some 2,600 meters or something. Oxygen is sparce up here. Anyways the sidewalks are in good condition minus the need to watch out for dog poop. The city is busy with people walking around. For breakfast I had juevos, pan con queso y chocolate. I also ordered cafe con leche. The coffee was 80% milk and barely any coffee but the eggs and bread hit the spot. Everyone else ordered tamales. They didn't look at all like te type I'm used to. Chunks of chicken including bone, rice, and eggs all wrapped in a leaf and cooked. It was basically like a
Of soup. Anyways that is all for now. Happy 4th of July!!!!