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Oct 28, 2018 - Farmers market, Flea market, Museo Botero and Gold Museum

Today we are on a city tour. First we go to the Paloquemao farmer's market. This is a fruit, vegetable and flower market. We try some fruit, Granadilla which is a sweeter passionfruit and Guanabana which has white flesh and tasted kind of like a combination of pineapple and strawberry while also being somewhat creamy and it had large black seeds. We also see the ususal Hass avocado but also another varitey which we try with salt. It is huge in size but not as creamy and dense. We also try two traditional lunch dishes one called which is...

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Oct 26, 2018 - Rio de Janiero to Bogota Colombia

Today up at 4am. We didn't get to bed till midnight after our tour around the Lapa district so not much sleep. Explore transfer us to the airport and we say our goodbyes to Diego. Flying Avianca who are very organised and and we are actually all boarded ready to go early. The flight is 6 hours to Bogota. I watched a movie and we had breakfast and a ham and cheese roll with sundried tomotoes and the flight went quickly. On arrival quick immirgation and customs and into offical taxi to the Hotel. The driver didnt speak much English but he had...

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Mar 18, 2018 - El Dorado (Gold Museum)

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Colombia chapter Bogotá has to say about Museo del Oro: Bogotá’s most famous museum and one of the most fascinating in all of South America, the Gold Museum contains more than 55,000 pieces of gold and other materials from all the major pre-Hispanic cultures in Colombia. It’s all laid out in logical, thematic rooms over three floors – with descriptions in Spanish and English. Second-floor exhibits break down findings by region, with descriptions of how pieces were used. There are...

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Feb 26, 2018 - Sunday Am Cathedral Del Sal and horsemanship display

After our best nights seleep for what appears to be some time we started late today at 9am. We headed out of the ciity and to Zupaquira where a cathedral had been carved out of the redundant salt mine and like the day before at Montserratt, the creator had developed 12 stages for prayer of Christ the Passion. In each sector Christ was represented as a Cross and each of the stations were dramatically lit. So having prayed at each point you are then able to enter the main cathedral, which was massive. It was also very acoustic with...

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Feb 25, 2018 - Museo Botero

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Colombia chapter Cartagena has to say Museo Botero: “The slightly confusing web of museums run by the Banco de la República, including Museo Botero, Casa de Moneda, Colección de Arte and Museo de Arte del Banco de la República, are essentially one massive and labyrinthine inter-connected museum complex and form what is easily one of Bogotá’s top attractions. Museo Botero The highlight of Banco de la República’s massive museum complex is several halls spread over two floors dedicated...

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Feb 25, 2018 - Candalaria

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Colombia chapter Cartagena has to say about Candelaria: “Blissfully alive and chock-full of key things to see, La Candelaria is Bogotá’s colonial barrio, with a mix of carefully restored 300-year-old houses, some rather dilapidated ones, and still more marking more modern eras. The usual place to start discovering Bogotá is Plaza de Bolívar, marked by a bronze statue of Simón Bolívar. It was the first public monument in the city. The square has changed considerably over the...

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Feb 25, 2018 - Sat 24th Bogota morning

Woke early Saturday morning full of expectation, open our shutters on the balcony and blearily looked out. It was raining the clouds hung over the mountains and I looked down as I heard a number of camera clicks. Only to realise that a group of German tourists were photographing me. Not a pretty sight for the, but I enhanced their view of the hotel. We really did not know what to make of Bogota, it is a grimy place with lots of litter, lots of street sellers, lots of graffiti over buildings, lovely colonial,buildings but not looked after,...

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Feb 24, 2018 - Usaquén

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Colombia chapter Cartagena has to say about Usaquén: “Once a village to the north, Usaquén has been overtaken by Bogotá – but still lives at its own quiet pace. You’ll find a smorgasbord of chic dining all within a few blocks of the tranquil plaza. A weekend pilgrimage to Usaquén is in order to indulge in the creative breakfasts and delectable mains and desserts. Inventive arepas and seriously good egg dishes such as migas (scrambled eggs with bits of arepas and hogao, a concoction...

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Feb 19, 2018 - Bogotá

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Colombia chapter Bogotá has to say about Bogotá: Bogotá is Colombia’s beating heart, an engaging and vibrant capital cradled by chilly Andean peaks and steeped in sophisticated urban cool. The city’s cultural epicenter is La Candelaria, the cobbled historic downtown to which most travelers gravitate. Here, preciously preserved colonial buildings house museums, restaurants, hotels and bars peppered amid 300-year-old homes, churches and convents. Nearly all of Bogotá’s traditional...

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Jul 28, 2017 - Exploring Bogata & Monserrate

We had the breakfast buffet in the courtyard just below our room. It was ok. It had an omelet station if you desired one. Then at 9:00 we had our orientation meeting. We met in the lobby because our guide did not know what conference room would be available. Our assigned room was on the fourth floor. This is the floor which you have to climb a spiral staircase because the elevator only goes to the third floor in this section of the hotel. We walked through a bar/restaurant area and up a few steps to get to our "conference" room. Our room...

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Jul 27, 2017 - Travel day to Bogota

We got up at 4:00 to shower and shave. We had to have our bags out by 5:00 am, and be in the lobby at 5:30 to leave for the airport. We went down a little before 5:00 to the continental breakfast. It was juice, tea/coffee, with breads and some pastries. We ate and returned to the room to refresh and for our backpacks. We left about 5:25, and the morning was not as chilly as previous days, but the skies were cloudy. We made good time to the airport as there was very little traffic on the road at that hour. At the airport, Juan & Wendy took...

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Apr 18, 2017 - A Life You Will Remember

During my cross country road trip, I saw a couple of my old childhood friends. I don't have many friends, but the ones I have and actually care about, I tend to make an effort to keep in touch with them. Anyways, these two guys both had little babies - one a one-year-old and the other a three-month-old. This made me stop for a bit and question where I am and where I'm going. I want to have a wife and family too. The whole teach English in Chile thing, I don't see a long-term career in that, it's still along the lines of do what you want to...

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