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South America » Colombia » Bogota January 28th 2013

Hola Amigos Three of the things I was planning to do before I came was to hike in Colombia, find a nice beach and do some salsa dancing. Not sure exactly what I will end up doing but for want of a catchier title, this is the plan thus far! I arrived in Bogota on Saturday 19 January after a 12 hour flight from Frankfurt and stayed in a quietish hostel in the nonbackpacker part of town. The first person I met was Irish and we had a good day sightseeing with an American guy and a German girl. Bogota is a city of 8 million, so there is loads to do and it just feels a bit like I could be in any capital city. We did the usual museums: Gold Museum and Botero Museum ... read more
My first day in Bogota
San Augustin sculptures
Bogota Graffiti

South America » Colombia » Bogota January 28th 2013

"Ik heb de hanen niet gehoord" "Hier zijn geen hanen" zei José Palacios. "Hier is niets" zei de generaal. Dit is een land van ongelovigen". Ze waren immers in Santa Fé de Bogotá, zesentwintighonderd meter boven het niveau van de verre zee,... (Uit 'El general en su laberinto' door Gabriel García Márquez, over de laatste reis van Simón Bolívar, de grote bevrijder) Eerst aanbeden, dan verguisd, El Libertador had geen goed woord meer voor de Bogotános. Sinds de tijd dat hij deze bittere woorden sprak (1830), is Bogotá uitgegroeid tot een stad van meer dan 8 miljoen inwoners. • Zaterdag 26/01/13 Na een probleemloze vlucht over Madrid, landen we in de late namiddag op de internationale luchthaven 'Eldorado' in Bogotá. Het is rond 20°C. ... read more
Werk van Botero
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Cerro Monserrate

South America » Colombia » Bogota January 27th 2013

Introductie "Onterecht onbekend onbemind" blokletterde Knack Weekend in zijn editie van 20/11/2012, waarin Jo Fransen een vurige pleidooi hield om onze vooroordelen over Colombia voor goed te laten varen. "... het toerisme staat er nog in de kinderschoenen. Daar vallen nog ontdekkingen te doen" !!! Klinkt goed. Daar gaan we voor. Maar... is het daar niet gevaarlijk? zullen velen zich afvragen. FARC, ELN en andere guerrillagroeperingen (links) en paramilitairen (rechts), beruchte kartels rond de cocateelt... Dit alles stemt inderdaad wel tot nadenken. In de jaren '90 was Medellin zowat even gevaarlijk als Beiroet! En heel het land werd beschouwd als een 'no go'-zone. Gelukkig blijkt inmiddels de veiligheidssituatie er de laatste jaren erg op verbeterd. "The only risk i... read more
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Teleferico y funicular

South America » Colombia » Bogota January 8th 2013

Bogota. Kako opisati grad koji ima preko 8 miliona stanovnika, što će reći, više nego cela Srbija? Kako se uopšte opisuje grad? Siguran, nesiguran, veliki, mali, lep, bogat, prljav, našminkan, prepotentan, čudan. Hm... Šta li je ono što opisuje glavni grad Kolumbije? Bogota funkcioniše drugačuje od mnogih evropskih gradova. Svi nekako uvek prvo hoćemo da idemo u centar grada, da vidimo ono tipično što ima da nam pruži, da kroz centar grada prodremo u njegovu srž, da zađemo duboko u njegova pluća i oslušnemo kako diše. Paaa... Ne znam da li se to baš može reći i za ovaj grad. Ako odete do centra, nemate baš predstavu toga kako se ovde živi i vrlo lako možete steći pogrešan utisak o gradu u kome živi jedna ipo Srbija. Centar je prljav, ne, ne, bolje reći štrokav, pun ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Bogota January 7th 2013

Nakon 30 sati putovanja i potpune oduzetosti uma, nespavanja i nemogućnosti da bilo šta radim osim da zurim ispred sebe u prazno, stigoh u Bogotu. Gde? Da, u Bogotu, na drugi kraj sveta. Čudan je osećaj pisati ovo i gledati u mapu sveta, koju kao neku amajliju vučem sa sobom gde god da krenem. Još od SAD-a me prati, kao pas lutalica, sada već pocepana i izmorena od silnih zidova na kojima je visila. Danas svečano visi ovde, u Bogoti. Posle dva meseca života u istoj i dalje se nekada zapitam gde sam i nateram sebe da pogledam u mapu sveta i još jednom se uverim da sam zaista u Južnoj Americi, hiljadama kilometara daleko od mame i tate, od majke Srbije. Neko bi rekao u nedođiji, ali taj neko bi se i začudio kada bi ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Bogota January 7th 2013

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South America » Colombia » Bogota December 26th 2012

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South America » Colombia » Bogota December 12th 2012

Sadly Colombia will pass at midnight tonight when I board a flight to New York. I had an awesome time here, was truly a game changing experience! As I've a little less than four hours before I must head to airport I won't ramble and no pictures till I'm in New York or home in Seattle. Where's next trip? Well I've ideas floating through my head already but won't divuldge them just yet. Stay tuned! Hasta pronto a todos.... read more

South America » Colombia » Bogota December 10th 2012

Well I am alive! Reason for no blog till now is hostel in Santa Marta lost its wifi the day I arrived and likely still doesnt have it. But preceeding that I had milled about the hostel in Cartagena wondering if I ought to go out that Thursday night. I passed by "Havana Club" looked dark and dank, but returned a little later to odd stares by the bouncers! Not the type of place you wear shorts and a wife-beater T-shirt to. So slid home and showered and put a nice shirt on and headed back. Ok the cover alone was 15,000 pesos or 9 bucks and beers were 8000 a drink 23000 and a little bottle of liqour to share started at 150k...big bottles dont ask! Am so glad I did go and it was ... read more
Club Havana
Club Havana
Club Havana

South America » Colombia » Bogota November 25th 2012

The last couple of weeks have been..... eventful, to say the least. Let's start at the beginning, before the robbery, before Colombia, even. Otavalo, the town with the biggest market in South America was interesting, hilarious and a little frightening at one point. We stayed at a hostel called Rose Cottage, about 3km out of town, up in the hills. It is a beautiful property, run by a gorgeous (and mildly insane) Ecuadorean woman named Rosa. She usually lives in London with her family, so we were very lucky to have her there with us, driving us around in her beat up 4WD (and getting lost), cooking us breakfast and telling us... well, everything! On our first day, we decided to go and see the market on a regular weekday, as we had heard it can ... read more
My spectacular dog bite
Bogotá graffiti
Beautiful Bogotá




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