19.09.2009 - 20.09.2009 60 °F
Buenos dias everyone!!! After two days of airport travel we finally arrived in the Capital City of Bogota, Colombia. The city sits above 5000 ft. (2600 meters) and is surrounded by green lush rising peaks topped with colonial churches and a statue of jesus overlooking the whole city. Our first destination today will be up one of the mountains bordering the city with a ritual Sunday pilgrimage in which the Bogoteños trek all the way up for a church service. We are quite excited to get a good sense of the city's layout from above, and it will certainly help with my navigation within the city itself. We are staying in Candelabra, which is the oldest section of the city, characterized by narrow winding mountain streets and structures dating back 500 years. Check out the pics of the neighborhood and the plaza de Bolivar, the main plaza in Candelabra. Yesterday we had our first taste of Colombian cuisine- mine turned out to be pig intestine soup, i was not expecting this but i did my best to put it down, but i ended up eating the rest of Laura's more appetizing dish of yucca and or potato soup and huge chunks of pig or beef vertebra. Laura dug right in.
The city has this eclectic mix of colonial oldness meets modern hipster flare with dilapidating buildings sandwiched between funky cafes and reggaeton bars. The streets of the candelabra area undulate under the cobblestones, making one lose their breath by simply walking a few blocks. Sundays seem to be the day out in Bogotá and we are excited to not only climb the mountain but stroll the streets to see flea markets, the legendary emerald trading area, and of course hitting the oro museum.
We shall send more word later as the other hostellers are slowly waking up and giving me that eye---get off the computer. Much love.
Adam and Laurita