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Published: March 30th 2016
My final day in Bogota was spent at the Museo de Oro. A very large museum dedicated to gold artifacts found throughout Colombia dating back thousands of years that were made by the indigenous peoples of the region up until the Spanish came and ruined everything. The museum was realy well presented and I enjoyed it a lot. Best of all, the exhibitions and explanations were in both Spanish and English and being Sunday the entrance fee was free. Yay!
After the museum it was time to say goodbye to Erique and collect my bag for the overnight bus trip to Armenia. Figuring out how to get to the bus terminal and getting a ticket was easy. My plan was to get the nicest bus in the fleet for Boliviariano ($18). This was scheduled to depart at 10pm and I would arrive in Armenia at 6am when the minibuses start to run for the transfer to Salento. Somehow the lady at the ticket counter did not understand my request (probably my great Spanish) and I ended up on the 9pm bus which is small and not as nice. Once on the bus the journey was hardcore. 2 minutes in the
driver blasted both the AC and Salsa music at full level. I also was lucky enough to have a seat near the bathroom at the back of the bus where the door does not lock unless the facility is in use. So when not in use the door swings wildly and slams the wall and doorway very loudly. Oh iPod iPod how I love thee. I was able to drown these variables out but still remained cold. being night time I was also unable to see the impending doom if we rolled down the mountainside. The highway was very winding road with many switchbacks up and down the mountains. Long story short, the journey did not take 8 hours as advertised, but took six and I ended up at the terminal in Armenia at 3am. Another night sleeping on the tile floor of a transport hub. But hey, at least I saved on a nights accommodation! I need to get better at my logistics.
My bed and pillow for the night. I figured no one would rob me at the police office.
After little to no sleep I finally was able to get onto the minibus to Salento
($3). Once I showed up in town - about 8am - I decided to check into a hotel ($15) for some badly needed sleep. I was a little disappointed in myself for not getting a hostel where I would meet some people, but I was fresh off the bus and had no plan or idea of what to do. I'm now in a hostel in Salento from where I have had an amazing time. For now some final photos from Bogota.
Every Sunday Bogota closes all of the major streets to traffic. This lets the residents walk, bike, and skate down all of the thoroughfares. Very progressive indeed. It was strange being in a city of 8 million and having complete silence on the roads due to no cars being on them.
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