A Bogota On Holidays
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TravelPod Member ReviewsA Bogota On Holidays
Recommended to me by a Colombian friend, this family run hotel is super clean and has a homey feel to it. We were picked up at 5am free of charge by the hotel in their little van and although we couldnt check in til 1pm, the staff gave us breakfast and then found a little room for us to have a sleep and get a wash etc for 7 hours before we could get into our room. They gave us a really big room with a huge bed between us and even walked us down the roadto show us where the supermarket and bank was! Tremendous :)
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... an hour later, after a bit of craziness trying to pick the best bus in a busy terminal, we hit the road. We really thought, and had been promised that this was a direct bus to Cartagena, it turned out to be false marketing, many stops were to come. Who cared, we were on the road and loving it. We zipped past shrimp boats and oyster farms of inland bays, nearing the large town of Baranquilla. As we passed through it, it looked rather spartan and ugly, I'm sure there were nicer parts ...
... well busking in this artsy hipster city, leaving us with kilos of coins to spend. And in such a cool area there was no shortage of stuff to spend a little coin on. First we hit the museums. There was the Botero museum, home to a huge collection of paintings and sculptures by Colombia's best known artist, Fernando Botero. Botero depicts all of his subjects as totally obese in order to create irony or criticism. The museum also housed works by a number of other artists, including Dali ...
Inside, there was more bling on display than on a rap star episode of MTV's Cribs. Armed with the audio guide we spent a good 2 hours looking at all the beautiful and weird artifacts, but, when I actually fell asleep staring at some masks (it was only for a second, but I was totally rumbled by the security lady!), we decided it was time to exit through the gift shop and get ...
... and lime combined.
On Sunday, we walked up a huge mountain that has a church at the top. Catholics, which make up 98% of the Colombian population, hike the two and a half hour walk everySunday. Everybody did it, including elders and little kids. The walk was very steep and we had to keep taking breaks.
When we arrived at the top, I felt like I couldn't take another step. We bought some drinks and popsicles and when we felt good enough ...
... pretty much off to bed in order to get up for my Spanish course that I was now two days late for rather than the one I'd discussed via email with the coordinator.
Got a good feeling about Colombia so far though.