Bogota

We didn’t plan on staying in Bogota for 5 days, it just happened. We needed time to recover from all the fun we were having. We spent our days doing a bike tour of the city which covered the beautiful graffiti murals, tallest building in the world (196 meters, but it has a leg up on Shanghai and Dubai starting at 2625 meters), bull fighting ring (not used for the last 2 years due to the mayor’s decree), fruit market and the historic district where we were staying. We also hiked the Bogota equivalent of the Grouse Grind, with some altitude and heat thrown in for fun. The view at the top was worth it.

We loved the museums in Bogota. Our favourite was a close tie between the famous gold museum, which highlights the indigenous gold products from across Colombia, and the Botero museum, a Colombian artist known for altering proportions in sculpture and paintings. Our favourite pieces are below. We spent a lot of time in Bogota just wandering around, sampling whatever food looked tasty – more of that in a Colombia food post later.

Maybe more memorable in Bogota though was the nights. We got a taste of the expat lifestyle meeting up with a friend of a friend and learned that Irish bars really are the same all across the world (including the prices!). Most notably was a night at Andres Carne del Ray, a famous, huge restaurant/bar/club about 45 minutes outside the city. We went there by bus with about 10 new friends, and finished the night with about 10 more on the dance floor. The day after, Sean cited his economic experiment excuse to get some McDonalds and we had fun at flea market.

Bogota was also a nice place to finally drink some real beer – we met up with some friends from our lost city hike at the Bogota Beer Company which satisfied our craving for a little while at least. We returned back there to watch the Seahawks win the Superbowl.

We earned this view from the top of Monserrate - Grouse Grind at 3000 meters!

We earned this view from the top of Monserrate – Grouse Grind at 3000 meters!

Bottero's take on the Mona Lisa

Bottero’s take on the Mona Lisa

Sunset street view in the Candelaria district

Sunset street view in the Candelaria district

Tribal gold outfit from the Bogota Gold Museum

Tribal gold outfit from the Bogota Gold Museum

Partying at Oudres Carne Del Rey with new found local friends

Partying at Oudres Carne Del Rey with new found local friends

This way to Camille!

This way to Camille!

Bar and club the size of 3 football fields about 40 minutes outside of Bogota

Bar and club the size of 3 football fields about 40 minutes outside of Bogota

Sean performing his economic experiment, Big Mac meal in Colombia: $7.50 USD

Sean performing his economic experiment, Big Mac meal in Colombia: $7.50 USD

Cami smelling the roses at the Bogota farmers market

Cami smelling the roses at the Bogota farmers market

Sean ordering an organic coffee from an inventive barista

Sean ordering an organic coffee from an inventive barista

The historic central city square in Bogota, home to the presidential house, church, and the new palace of justice (old one was destroyed in 1985 by armed guerillas & the military)

The historic central city square in Bogota, home to the presidential house, church, and the new palace of justice (old one was destroyed in 1985 by armed guerillas & the military)

Sean ordering a roadside treat, Olbea, a round wafer filled with cream and dulcce de leche

Sean ordering a roadside treat, Olbea, a round wafer filled with cream and dulcce de leche

 

 

2 thoughts on “Bogota

  1. Ashley

    Was lovely meeting you guys! Glad you enjoyed Andres Carne de Res! PS. I will be living in Belgium come August.. so if you are that way then, please let me know!

    1. seandgwilson Post author

      Great meeting you to and thanks for showing us around Bogota! We will send you a note if we head to Belgium.

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