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    Estoy Baho Control

    by travelife Updated Jun 3, 2005

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    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!

    View from caras's balcony next morning

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    Colombia, as Venezuela and...

    by lichinga Written Sep 12, 2002

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    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.

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    Ajiaca

    by JessieLang Written Mar 30, 2012

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    Ajiaca is traditional soup made with 3 kinds of potatoes, corn, chicken, and a spice called guasca, which gives it a unique flavor. It comes in a large bowl and makes a full meal. The corn in this dish is still on the cob, and you pick it up to eat it. Ajiaca is very good--give it a try .

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    Motel

    by travelife Written Jun 2, 2005

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    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.

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    Obleas - Great Street Food

    by JessieLang Written Mar 29, 2012

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    You will see food carts on the sidewalks all over town. My favorite snack was an Oblea, and I had them several times.

    The Oblea starts with a thin wafer cookie the size of a tortilla. It gets covered with any or all of the toppings, including caramel, blackberry sauce, crema, cheese, and chocolate syrup, and topped with another wafer. They are messy, delicious, and cheap.

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    Bogotá’s most famous museum...

    by AndreasK Written Sep 7, 2002

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    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.

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    Try at least to learn some...

    by Ossi.P Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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...

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    Try to speak in spanish, most...

    by ca13 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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

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    Colombiana

    by Saringuis Written Dec 20, 2005

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    This is a local soda most compareble with Fanta. Different though, extremely sugary! Colombian kids love it!

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    Minutes for sale

    by JessieLang Written Mar 29, 2012

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    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.

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    Colombian Spanish

    by travelife Written Jun 2, 2005

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    As the guidebook says I really felt Colombian Spanish sounds nicer than other South-american country.

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    Do not slam doors

    by Valderamma Written Nov 28, 2004

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    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.

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