almost like you're in europe
from Cartagena, i had one night to stay in Bogota before my flight home. i didn't like staying in Le Candelaria, and a friend that i met there had said that northern Bogota is usually nicer than the south. i looekd through my lonely planet and saw a listing for La Casona del Patio Amarillo and decided to give the place a try. the taxi driver,, even when i showed him the address, had some trouble getting to the area, but it was well worth the 50min drive (by the way, don't forget to go to the taxi stand at the airport in Bogota to get a printout of the bill so you won't get ripped off)! the man sitting at the check-in desk was very courteous and helpful. he even helped me book a taxi for the next morning to the airport. when i saw my room, i was blown away. this room was nicer than my own room back home! i had requested a taxi for 530am the next morning- when i got down to the lobby, the man was there, as if he had woken up just for me, even though i had paid the night before. he was at the lobby at 5am on a sunday morning to make me a coffee, say goodbye, and open the door for me. although this place is in a residential neighborhood, it is one street over from the main street, parallel to each other. unfortunately, there were no places within a 10min walk that offered internet use. however, the main street has sidewalk cafes, nice restaurants, and busses that go everywhere else. everyone here is in business suits-- no jeans, sneakers, anything like that. turning away from the main street, the residential places almost feel like you're walking in western europe somewhere, with cobblestone roads, lamp posts, the look of the buildings, etc. it's a lovely place to be in the evening, even if i was by myself-- there are policemen that walk along the blocks and greet you with smiles and nods.