Our last stop in South America - Bogota

Trip Start Apr 12, 2011
Trip End Apr 01, 2012

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La Pinta Guesthouse

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Friday, September 2, 2011

After a night's stopover in Cartagena, we fly to Bogota – our last stop in Colombia. We stay at a good hostel called La Pinta, halfway between the old town and zona rosa (there seems to be a zona rosa in every town which has the bars and restaurants in it).  First night we head out to a local restaurant which is quirky and unusual called Treflon.  We get a good platter of food and some drinks before exploring some of the local bars.  We seem to be in the student area of town as most of the bars look like garages with graffiti.  Can’t say we fitted in with the dark haired, dark clothed regulars but we had a beer or two before slipping off home. 

Next morning we look to explore Bogota, Sunday’s are pedestrian day and lucky for us the main road from our hostel to the centre is closed to cars and so it makes a pleasant walk into the centre (even if it took us over an hour and a half).  Everyone is out either running, cycling or walking and there is keep fit classes in the parks along the road – takes a Sunday stroll to a new level!  We also come across a market selling everything from DIY to clothes to antiques.  The city definitely has a good buzz to it on a Sunday.  Finally we get to the centre which is a mix of old and modern buildings so not overly pretty but has plenty squares and governmental buildings which have a slight resemblance to Buckingham Palace (although security is even tighter, we’re not even allowed to stand on the pavement beside the large security fence).  We went to the gold museum which has an impressive collection of gold artefacts which after one floor does feel a bit same-ish but considering it was free entrance on Sundays, we can’t really complain!

Quiet night back at the hostel – felt like a novelty to sit on a sofa and watch some tv – we may have turned into that type of travellers that just seem to hang about watching tv and not do anything!

Next day I have finally plucked up the courage to get my haircut after five months in South America – the communication between myself and the hairdresser seems to go well enough and I leave with a haircut I’m almost happy with (as a true girl I would struggle to be completely happy with a haircut)

We then head to Zona Rosa which turns out to be where the people with money hang out in the city.  Filled with shopping centres (including the most upmarket food court I’ve seen), bars and restaurants this is the most cosmopolitan area we have found in the whole of South America.  It’s nice to spend a bit of time in this type of area – we get some Asian food at a restaurant called Wok which is probably the best Asian good we have had yet and then take a walk up to one of the park areas to relax for a bit.  We finally hit happy hour at pub called Bogota Beer Company, this might be Jonny’s new favourite place as it served English style beers and seems a popular place for the evening paseo. 

For our final day in Bogota we go to the museum of modern art which may not be a massive tourist attraction given that the security guard in the park next door couldn’t provide directions to it...But we enjoyed it.  The main exhibition was Ruven Afanador who appears pretty well known considering there were recent and older portraits of a lot of famous people including Hilary Clinton, Oprah, Johnny Cash (Jonny’s favourite), Madonna and Britney Spears – it was pretty interesting.  We then head back up to Zona Rosa to pass the time looking in expensive shop windows before our flight to Mexico.

After just under five very fun and interesting months we are leaving South America with over 5000 photos, amazing memories, new friends and a couple of future holiday destination ideas....
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