Blogs from Bogota, Colombia, South America - page 3


South America » Colombia » Bogota March 30th 2014

When you hear the word Colombia, what are the first things that spring to mind?!...Cocaine, drug lords (namely Mr Escobar), crime and general lawlessness?! From what we had heard from hoards of other travellers, the aforementioned are all a thing of the past, with the new Colombia offering vibrant cities, stunning beaches, beautiful countryside and the friendliest of people. It was now time to find out for ourselves. We arrived at Bogota's clean and modern international airport early in the afternoon, hopped in a taxi and made our way to our hostel. Having shared the taxi with an English couple we had just met at the airport, the taxi dropped them off first at the city centre area of La Candelaria. The area is still pretty notorious for crime, especially at night. Despite this, it still ... read more
The gardens at the top of the viewpoint
Coffee...and a hot chocolate
Plaza Bolivar

South America » Colombia » Bogota February 21st 2014

Thursday 20th February (Odyssey Day 104) Since the drive today was long, we left camp at 0700. So we got to see the dawn this morning, even if the sunrise itself was out of sight behind the clouds. I had the front seat today, which means I fell asleep along the front bench as soon as we got out of town. I hadn’t even realised I was tired! We stopped and started quite a lot as there seemed to be a lot of areas of roadwork along the way. But at least the road is a properly paved one. Looking out the windows you can quite often see a military presence just off the road but we were not stopped at all. We arrived into Bogota after dark this evening. From what we could see driving ... read more
Bogota Hotel

South America » Colombia » Bogota January 7th 2014

Again we woke early to the sound of the street hawkers as today is the Three Kings Day and a public holiday here and therefore another opportunity for these people to try to sell their wares. The man directly below us has a guitar, binoculars, some toys and some electrical goods spread on his tarp. Flo called the Boliviariana bus company for us to arrange a ticket to Cali for the first bus tomorrow morning. It is scheduled to depart at 6:30 am and takes between 8 and 9 hours. We asked to make a reservation and pay for it with a credit card now and collect the ticket tomorrow morning. That was not allowed. We could make the reservation now but we had to come to the bus station to pay for the ticket today, ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Bogota January 7th 2014

Depuis mon dernier article, il s'est passé bien des choses... Premièrement, j'ai eu droit à la visite de mon amoureux pour le temps des fêtes, et il vient malheureusement tout juste de partir hier. Depuis mon dernier article, nous sommes passes du Costa Rica au Panama, puis a la Colombie. Depuis mon dernier article, nous sommes aussi passés de l'année 2013 a 2014. Beaucoup de changements en deux petites semaines, beaucoup de routes, beaucoup d'amour, de rencontres, de beaux moments et quelques moments un peu frustrants. A l'arrivée de Phil, le 20 décembre, jetais encore dans ma famille, nous avons fait une fête pour son arrivée qui coïncidait avec son anniversaire (le 19). Soirée merveilleuse remplie de sourires, de moussaka, de cacique (alcool national du Costa Rica) et surtout de beaucoup d'excitation a l'idée de retrouver ... read more
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Starfish beach

South America » Colombia » Bogota January 6th 2014

Bogota: Gold Museum and Cerro Monseratte We went to the Museum of Gold in the morning with Flo, the young woman who lives in and looks after the apartment where we are staying. The Museum del Oro displays a vast and extraordinary selection of pre-Hispanic gold work and is the largest such collection in the world. A recent exhibition at the British Museum of London featuring 223 pieces from this museum claims to the ‘most visited exhibition in London’ during the autumn of 2013. The museum has a collection of 55,000 pieces, 6,000 pieces of which are on display at any one time. We spent a very enjoyable and interesting couple of hours there. The detail and craftwork of the pieces is incredible. And the gold death masks more than a little bit creepy. Sunday entrance ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Bogota January 5th 2014

3 January 2014 – Friday – Bogota, Colombia Walkabout Bogota. Our apartment is on 22nd Street, just off 7th Avenue, which is the ‘Main Street’ in Downtown Bogota. We walked north for a bit until we saw another western couple studying a map. I approached them and asked where they got their map. They were German and staying at the IBIS Hotel nearby, and the hotel provided them each with a map. So we went there and asked for a map too! Colombia has next to none typical visitor amenities like visitor centres or maps so the hotels produce their own for their guests (and any else that asks for one). They are very accommodating. We were looking for a 472 office to send another small parcel to Louise in France and found it nearby, but ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Bogota January 5th 2014

Day 2 in Bogota: This morning we started out with two goals for the day: visit the Botero Museum here and have lunch at Fulanitos in La Candelaria. Unusually we accomplished both; usually we start the day with a plan and within an hour of commencing our day the plan has either changed or been abandoned to the improvisation of the moment. Bogota’s Botero Museum is housed in a converted Spanish courtyard building and contains 208 paintings and sculptures donated by the artist, including 123 of his own and 85 by international masters such as Renoir, Monet, and Picasso. This museum was as enjoyable as our visit to the Botero Museum in Medellin and we remain enthralled and amused by his work. And we look for evidence of it in the people of Colombia as we ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Bogota January 4th 2014

Coach Trip Medellin to Bogota We woke at 4:30 and got a taxi to the North Bus Station for our day long coach journey to Bogota. We had reconnoitred the bus station two days ago to ensure we were familiar and comfortable with the set up. Bus and coach travel is the only form of long distance public transport (with the obvious exception of air travel which is quite expensive here). The North bus station is massive, with buses and coaches going in all directions, from local buses to the hillside favelas to long distance coaches to Brazil. There are three companies who ply the Medellin-Bogata route, each with 6 to 10 coaches per day. We had done a little bit of web research and prepared our hoped-for itinerary in writing. We stopped first at Empressa ... read more

South America » Colombia » Bogota December 6th 2013

Our first impressions of Bogota weren’t that positive. There were long queues to the taxis, the street numbering in Bogota is so confusing our taxi driver had problems finding our hostel, and it was cold and gray. Also, we weren’t that impressed by our hostel. The room was noisy with a bar right outside the window, both mattresses and pillows were protected with plastic bags so they were hard and noisy to sleep on and the room was cold. After the first night we almost changed hostel, but in the end we were too lazy to move for one and a half more nights, so we just changed into sleeping in our sleeping bags on the thick blankets we got which made the bed a lot less noisy. The first morning in Bogota it was raining, ... read more
Bogota - Botero's Dancers
Bogota - seashell from the gold museum
Bogota - miniature raft from the gold museum

South America » Colombia » Bogota December 5th 2013

Wow, wieder mal Ewigkeiten seit dem letzten Blogeintrag vergangen, war glaube ich Juni 2013, grade im Ashram angekommen nachdem wir von thailand kamen, und bin nun wieder im Ashram angekommen, ist Anfang Januar 2014, viel passiert. Habe in Kolumbien angefangen die Fotos zu sichten, aber irgendwie war immer so viel los, dass ich nie zum schreiben kam. Kein Wunder, waren 7 Wochen in Kolumbien, 2,5 Wochen in Deutschland und kurz vor silvester ging es zurück nach Indien, einmal um die Welt gereist. Aber der Reihe nach. Nach Ankunft aus Kalkutta im juni 2014 haben wir uns erstmal wieder im Ashram gut einleben können, aber ging wie immer schnell mit dem Job (Karma Yoga, selbstlosem Dienen) los, unser Chef fuer den wir an uniporjekten mithelfen hat uns gleich abgegriffen, obwohl man das ja nicht Chef nennen kann, ... read more
Krisna Geburtstag
Amma geht im kleinen Ashram Schwimmbad vor Abfahrt auf ihre USA Tour mit allen baden

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