Without a Pig

Trip Start Jul 21, 2009
Trip End Apr 28, 2010

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Well, I`m afraid we couldn`t find it.  We searched up and down the streets of Bogota, but we did not find guinnea pig races.  Oh well.  (Someone we met along the way had reported that this could be highly entertaining, to watch three guinnea pigs race along the sidewalk in a form of performance or street art).

Luckily, though, we did find several other things to keep us entertained during our days in Bogota.  For example, there`s a business up there owned by Miguell Cabrero.  He`s well known for making bulletproof clothing.  So we stopped by to visit.  And although we weren`t able to get shot (another rumor that failed to come true) we did get to try on a bulletproof trench coat, which was pretty neat.  We also visited the Gold Museum (dedicated to all things gold, from its history, to how to form it into pretty objects, to a wide variety of golden objects from different areas of Colombia), the Botero Museum (more works of the Colombian artist Botero, and a few other things), and the Police Museum (with a section dedicated to the pursuit and capture of Pablo Escobar)

Outside of Bogota, we took a day trip to visit the locally famous Salt Cathedral.  Although this turned out to more closely resemble a theme park than a small town church, it was still interesting.  At this site, there is an active salt mine, and a second extensive mine system that was used until 1990.  At that point, they changed the location of the active mining, and converted the old mines into a tourist attraction / church.  Entering through the main mine enterance, you descend along a path, passing by the stations of the cross.  Each one is built into what was once salt, and is now an extensive empty chamber.  At the bottom of the mine, several chambers have been converted into a cathedral area, creating a church underground.  It was an interesting tour, and an impressive church, mostly for the sheer size -- the spaces underground were amazingly vast.  One of the smaller chambers even had a 3D movie theatre. 
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vivacious09 on

I'm thinking it might be ok that they wouldn't shoot you, even if you were wearing a bulletproof coat...

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