Alot of Colombians don't go out at night for an emergency pack of smokes or a couple of beers to drink with the buddies. They have 'em delivered! There is a shop that does this kind of service exclusively. They have a number, you call, they bring whatever, you pay (regular store price!!) Very handy if you don't want to risk getting out in the middle of the night! So spoiled...
After the eating out we were on our way to Cara's place (who is from USA but work in Bogota) to try some Colombian shots.
Cara's genrous hospitality, that is giving me frequent and larger share of the shots made me think, perhaps it wont be easy to wake up early next day to use the day to the utmost.
My friends in Denmark say, whenever I start losing control, I keep saying 'I am under control, I am under control, I am ....' So what is it in Spanish? I asked someone.' Estoy baho control but I don think you are' he replied!
After the riding we were on our way to Bogota to a restaurant. But two of the guys (not them in the picture) decided to go to motel instead. In Colombia motel is the place where you stay away from home and family and have your romantic / personal time usually in the weekend.
Years ago I came to know a friend from Colombia while doing my exchange program in Maastricht, Netherlands who used to live in the same guest-house. He regularly sent group and individual emails to all of us and last year and half we some way lost contact. But when I became sure of my trip I wrote to him and found out he works in NY and he intends to visit Bogota around same time. With some change in his plan he introduced me online to Daniel. Daniel and his girlfriend Carina wanted to include me in the horseriding the same afternoon I arrived in Bogota. I found out all about it much to my surprise since I could not check email previous couple of days. And phoned him and was told they would pick me at my hotel. They were on time and we were on our way to La Callera. I did not feel for a moment that I met them first time that day. So friendly and hospitable floks. Hats off to you guys!
Colombia, as Venezuela and Ecuador, has gained total independence around 1830. Simon Bolivar was the leader of the movement, together with Santader (celebrated in Colombia) and Sucre (celebrated in Ecudaor). While the number of statues and references to 'El Libertador' does not reach the peaks you may experience in Venezuela, in Colombia, Simon Bolivar is widely celebrated. Its monument dominates the Parliament square in central Bogota.
Bogotá’s most famous museum is the Museo del Oro, the biggest gold museum in Latin America. The museum is an important repository of pre-Colombian goldwork that offers more than 33000 objects, which reflect the artistry and richness of the Indian societies that flourished in the country before the arrival of the Spaniards. Colombian Indian cultures produced the finest gold work in the Americas. The legend of El Dorado has its origins in central Colombia.
Try at least to learn some Spanish or if you already know Spanish try to speak it. Don't try to speak English. First, most Colombians don't know it proper and second they are even more friendly if you're talking their language. Speaking Spanish you'll be their friend at once...
Try to speak in spanish, most of us don't understand english.
Only in expensive restaurants is common tip the waiter.
Here in Bogotá, we don't have carnivals like in Barranquilla or Cali, but periodically (every year, 2 years ....) we have festivals, the most important are:
exists a lot of outdoors festivals like:
Festival Rock al Parque (rock festival, every year, 3 or 4 days, biggest free outdoors south american rock festival)
Opera al Parque
Rap al Parque
Salsa al Parque
Festival de Teatro al aire Libre
Another festivals are:
Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro
Festival de Cine de Bogotá
and many others, for more information visit the Distrital Institute of Culture and Tourism, the address is Carrera 8 No 9 - 83,
Phones 3 36 65 11 / 3 36 66 14 / 3 36 66 17
You will see people standing on street corners carrying a sign and wearing t-shirts that say “Minutos.” People here buy cheap cell phone minutes from these vendors instead of having a monthly plan.
This is a local soda most compareble with Fanta. Different though, extremely sugary! Colombian kids love it!
As the guidebook says I really felt Colombian Spanish sounds nicer than other South-american country.
When using a taxi, never close the door hard or slam them like we do in the states. Cars are a valuable commodity here and your driver will show his anger.