Family matters cont.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

So where did I leave off....

On the 9th day (which was December 31st) we drove from Villa de Layva back to Bogota.  We had wanted to stay in Villa de Layva another night because we heard there would be a pretty big celebration in the center of town, but it was just too many logistics to coordinate changing our plans.  So we set off back to Bogota with an hour stop in Raquira.  As we started to drive through the town of Raquira we instantly became overwhelmed by the amount of crafts and textiles bursting out of every shop on the street.  I at least hadn't expected this it all, but Becca put it perfectly when she said (right before we got out of the van) 'we are about to feel like we are on one of those supermarket sweep shows, we just need to divide and conquer'.  I think we were all even a little TOO overwhelmed to buy to many things but it was incredible to see all of the art and textiles that are produced in this town.  I looked it up later and found out that Raquira is a pre-Colombian town dedicated to the production of ceramics (on an industrial level as well) and exports ceramics and textiles all over Colombia.  So after running through the streets of this little town, we jumped back in the van and head towards to Bogota.  By the time to got to Bogota you could tell that we were all exhausted and not looking to have a 'typical' new years eve.  Since all of the restaurants were booked up (claro) we ended up having a nice meal at the hotel, sharing our new years resolutions and going to bed early.  A few of us also broke out in a weird rash which lead to benedryl and passing out before the ball dropped...woops.

Day 10 - So after the beautiful cities of Cartagena and Villa de Layva, I was really nervous to have my family end their trip in Bogota.  Bogota is a large industrial capital that definitely has it's nice areas but it also a lot dirtier and a little sketchier than the other places we had been.  But I underestimated my family.  Because being the wonderful people that they are - they had no problem looking past the graffiti tagging and smog, and instead appreciated the life in the city and the colonial architecture.  They even loved the beautiful graffiti murals.  New Years day was a little on the quite side as the city nursed their hangovers but in the evening we went to a restaurant outside of the City called Andres Carnes de Res and it was one of the most incredibly places I have been in my life.  Check out some pictures - they couldn't possibly do it justice but they give you an idea of what it was like.

Day 11 & 12 - The last 2 days were spent exploring La Candelaria (the old city of Bogota), taking the telefernico up to Montserate (the monastery that overlooks Bogota), going to Zapaquira (a cathedral build into a salt-mine - and MADE completely out of salt), going to Museo del Oro (the gold museum, the Botero museum, and exploring La Zone Rosa. There is actually quite a bit to do in Bogota (and it is a huge city). We had great weather and while people were exhausted they still seemed to be having a great time.

It was absolutely amazing having my family with me in Colombia and showing them all of the enchanting culture and sights that I have been so lucky to visit over the past few months.  On the last day my dad said exactly what I feel while I'm down here, 'I don't want to go home, I just want to go to another country now.'  I think they might understand my journey just a little bit more now :)
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