Bogota - better than expected
Trip Start Jul 09, 2007
31Trip End Sep 10, 2007
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I was so surprised how quaint the area was as we navigated around in the taxi searching for the hostel. Donkeys strolling down the street without owners and streets busy with pedestrians going about their business. The hostel is perfect (www.anandamayihostel.com), a sanctuary amongst the busy streets. The poverty is prevalent and the Piaza de Bolivar had experienced a riot the previous months.
When we arrived we had to press a buzzer as the hotels is always locked... we felt like we had entered an oasis, hammocks dotted around the courtyard and a beautful garden at the back of the hostel (with hummingbird).
We aquanted ourselves with all the other guests, a Liverpudlian, an Irish, some Americans and us as the owner, Margarita, sat us down to cover all the highlights Bogota had to offer. She speaks perfect English and has such a mild caring manner. The hotels seems to have positioned itself for those wanting a more peaceful break rather then some of the others that are typical young get drunk hotels.
The Liverpudlian works 2 months in London as a paramedic to fund the other 10 months in Colombia. The Irish lass has been in Colombia for the last 13 years working on communes. Both are lovely welcoming people who are really interesting to chat to.
As we write this blog, the employees of the hostel are taking an English class and are giggling away asking us for pronuniations. The facilities around us are basic but so fitting. We share a communal kitchen and other guests are quick to share their coffee and offer to share their food.
Today, we ventured to a couple of museums. An art museum of the famous Colombian artist Bolero which also included pieces of Dali and Picaso. After a coffee stop (the coffee is not as good as Sydney - can you believe it) we kicked onto the Gold Musem. The former being the most interesting.