A slice of EADA in Bogota
Trip Start Jan 04, 2010
18Trip End Mar 23, 2010
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The next day Carlos took us on a driving tour of the city. The city is very unique with most buildings being constructed out of red brick. To get the best possible view of the city and its over 7 million inhabitants we took a funicular up the mountains that run parallel to the city. Great vantage point to understand its layout and to get some nice pics. In addition to the city sites we also learned a little bit about Bogota´s innovative health and environmental initiatives. First, Bogota has the most extensive network of bike lanes in the world. Second, every Sunday the main road is closed to traffic and turned into a giant biking/rollerblading street for families to enjoy. Finally, twice a week, depending on whether your plates end with an even or odd number, you cannot drive your car and therefore must carpool or take public transportation. Three great ideas that Canadian cities should investigate to improve our carbon footprint and to encourage healthy lifestyles.
The next day we ventured on our own into Bogota's downtown in the old city. We enjoyed walking around the main plaza then headed to check out some of South America's best museums
The next day we headed off to the beautiful land of coffee, which we've put in a separate entry as we had lots to say!
We arrived back to Bogota on Friday and headed to the Zona T, a newer commercial area in the north of the city with lots of shopping, bars and restaurants. Shannon did a bit of shopping in preparation for the upcoming hot climate. That afternoon we met up for beers with another EADA friend, Alan, who was in town for business from Cali. A few other friends joined us on the patio and then we made our way to the Hard Rock cafe...with a good reason...to watch the Canadian hockey team take on Slovakia in the Olympic semi finals.
We woke up to another beautiful day (about 23 and sunny, a bit warmer than usual for the city). Early afternoon we made our way to one of Bogota's most famous sites, Cathedral de sal, a cathedral built underground in an old salt mine. It was quite an impressive place unlike anything we'd seen before. That evening we headed to the home of other friends from EADA, Julian and his wife Maca. We had seen them at the beginning of our trip in Lima, where Julian was on a project, and now again they had extended an invite to the group to see their lovely new home just outside of Bogota. We had a really great evening with great friends to close our time in Bogota.