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Bogotá

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  • Day253

    Final countdown

    May 17, 2020 in Colombia ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    With the help of the German embassy, we got seats on a repatriation flight to Munich. So we said goodbye to our hostel family in San Gil and left for Bogotá. Juan Diego, the owner of the hostel, organized a bike rack for his car and drove us to the capital. The drive was quite nice: we passed beautiful mountain scenery and the "cycling state of Colombia", Boyaca. As interstate travelling is usually not allowed yet (we had an official document from the embassy), roads were empty and we made it to Bogota in about 5 hours.
    In Bogota, we organized bike boxes for the flight. Our host for a night in the city, Marcelinus, welcomed us warmly, helped us pack the bikes, cooked us Colombian meals and gave us a lift to the airport the next day.
    In Colombia, the airport is closed and only operates few humanitarian flights. Our flight was the only one that day. Necertheless, we had to be there 5 hours early because of security checks. After waiting in line for 2 hours (with a 1.5m distance of course), we had to wash our hands in mobile sinks and had our temperature measured. Check-in went smoothly, so we had to kill another hour before boarding. Luckily, we met a couple who we knew from the San Gil hostel before lockdown. So we played pantomime with them which was great fun.
    Boarding was line by line which took quite a while. Seats were uncomfortable, inflight entertainment turned off, food was served in a plastic bag and we had to wear a face mask all the time. We definitely had better flights before, but well - we landed safely in Munich.
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    Ulrike Thees

    Alles Gute!🍀

    5/19/20Reply
     
  • Day144

    Bogota

    December 25, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    So unglaublich ufgregt bin ich am 24.12 in Bogota ahcho und so fröhlich han ichs 4 Täg spöter weder verloh. Mit ehm Luca sim Flug esch zum Glück alles guet gange und mer händ üs nach über 5 lange Mönet ändlich weder gseh!

    Mer händ es härzigs chlises Airbnb gmieted und händ vo det us chli d Stadt erkunded und üsi wiiteri Reis planed. D Stadt hed üs viel besser gfalle als erwarted. Mer händ ah ehnere free Walking Tour teilgnoh, sind ihs Goldmuseeum und zu ehnere Chile uf ehmene Bärg go d Wiehnachtsbelüchtig ahluege 😊.
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  • Day4

    Ausflug zum Botanischen Garten

    September 25, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Vor uns liegen nun noch 3 Tage in Bogotá, die wir mit tollen Erlebnissen füllen können. Spontan entschieden wir uns am Morgen das schöne Wetter zu nutzen und mit einem Amerikaner aus unserem Hostel zum Botanischen Garten zu fahren. Die Hinfahrt mit den öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln gestaltete sich allerdings schwieriger als gedacht. Ausgestattet mit Google-Maps suchten wir zunächst 20 Minuten die richtige Haltestelle. Nachdem wir den richtigen Bus nahmen,  mussten wir nach einer Station umsteigen und fanden uns plötzlich in einem ärmlichen Viertel wieder, in dem wir uns nicht so wohl fühlten. Eine menge Busse fuhren an uns vorbei, doch unserer blieb aus. Für unsere Weiterfahrt hielten wir schließlich nach gefühlt weiteren 20 Minuten ein Taxi an. Am Ende waren wir überrascht, wie günstig man hier mit einem Taxi unterwegs ist. Endlich im Botanischen Garten angekommen, führte uns unser Hunger in ein Restaurant, bevor wir uns den wunderschönen Pflanzen der Natur zuwandten. Stiefmütterchen, Dahlien und Löwenmäulchen ließen uns zunächst ein wenig heimisch fühlen. Mit vielen Eindrücken von der beeindruckenden Vielzahl und dem Aussehen der Pflanzen verließen wir seelig den Botanischen Garten und entschieden uns anschließend noch zu einem großen nahegelegenen Park zu spazieren, in dem wir unsere Seele beim Schaukeln baumeln ließen. Nach einem ganzen Tag in der Natur fielen wir nach dem Abendbrot gemeinsam mit unseren Mitbewohnern in den Schlaf.Read more

    Ingried Behfeld

    Welche Schönheit

    9/28/19Reply
    Ingried Behfeld

    Na, hat anne was schönes gefunden?

    9/28/19Reply
    Lisa B-Feld

    Ja eine tolle Kette ☺️ und jeder hat ein Armband als Geschenk bekommen.

    9/28/19Reply
     
  • Day45

    Bogotá Tag 1

    December 9, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Spannende Radtour durch die Stadt, mit viel Geschichte, Street Art und leckerem Obst und dem Nationalspiel Tejo, eine Art Boule wo es allerdings gilt die mit Schießpulver gefüllten Papierziele zu treffen 😀natürlich funktioniert das ganze nur bei einem Bier 🍻...Read more

  • Day2

    Bogota - Sunny traffic, traffic, traffic

    October 4, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    1st full day in Colombia - fighting the jetlag & exploring the neighborhood of my hotel with lots of walking. Why? Because the traffic here is a big mess, lots of smog, but the weather was comfortably good with pleasent sunny 18 °C.

    1st encounter: English rarely spoken, big need for improving my Spanish. Looking forward on my crash course next week 🙂!
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    Volker Jezerkowsky

    Ei Ei Ei, el trafico es loco...

    10/4/19Reply
     
  • Day22

    21. Cartagena Colombia

    September 13, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    Love Cartagena! This city has it all: history, charm, beaches, a major port, great restaurants, a cool bohemian vibe, and then some.

    We're here for 5 days, which includes 2 days of processing paperwork and payments to get the car released from the container at the dock.

    Since we don't have the car at our disposal, we are taking taxis everywhere. I wish I could take a video of how crazy these drivers are, but my eyes are usually squeezed shut in anticipation of a collision. These guys have no interest in lane markings, and are not shy about using their horns. As you cross the street in a crosswalk, the cabs continue to come at you, veering in one direction or another at the last moment. I've learned that you need to avoid eye contact with them - if you act like you're waiting for them to pass, you'll wait forever. If you confidently "take your space", and pretend you don't see them, they will yield. (Or at least it seems to work this way). I'm from NY and have some experience with aggressive city driving, but NY cabbies ain't got nothing on these guys.

    Another outlet for aggressive behavior is demonstrated by the street vendors. You can't go 10 feet without someone jumping out at you, thrusting their wares in your face, and launching into their sales pitch. They are not deterred by your response of a smile and a "gracias, no", and continue their pitch as they follow you for 10 feet or so before moving on to another more amenable looking target to accost.

    That said, these things are all part of the experience and, despite my implications otherwise, they add enjoyment to the whole travel adventure.

    We are staying in Bocagrande, which is a strip of hotels, shops and restaurants on a peninsula, and which is aptly nicknamed "Miami Beach". Not the quaintest part of town, but we're right on the beach and a few minutes from the more intetesting parts of the city. We spent a few hours on the beach the other day, and after resisting multiple times, I finally succumbed to a 10 minute foot massage for 20,000 pesos ($6). Felt sooooo good!
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    Yuki Yang

    $6 foot massage. 🙌🏻

    9/16/19Reply
    Janice Hechinger

    Nice legs!!

    9/17/19Reply
     
  • Day22

    23. Cartagena - Castillo de San Felipe

    September 13, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    Castillo de San Felipe is the most magnificent fortress built by the Spaniards for any of their colonies. Cartagena, founded in 1533, was the main port from which Peruvian silver was shipped back to Spain, and as such, became a target for pirates. The Spaniards attempts at making the port impregnable consisted of walling in the city, and constructing forts, the most impressive of which is Castillo de San Felipe.Read more

    Yuki Yang

    Love the new hat!

    9/16/19Reply
    Janice Hechinger

    Was thinking that!!!!!

    9/17/19Reply
     
  • Day24

    25. Cartagena - the Old Town

    September 15, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    Cartagena's "Old Town" is aptly named for its colonial style 16th & 17th century architecture. It is an UNESCO World Heritage site, full of history and local culture, and is safe and friendly.

    This part of Cartagena is particularly lively, and almost attacks your senses. There were sounds of horns honking (pay special attention when its a bus - they can't stop as fast as the taxis can), street vendors selling their goods, music playing, entertainers performing, the clacking of horse hooves on cobblestones, tour guides leading their groups, children playing in the parks, and the occasional political orator sharing his ideals through his bullhorn.

    We wandered through the town, which was full of churches, plazas, restaurants, shops, and street vendors selling locally made trinkets. We visited, amongst other places, the Palace of the Inquisition, which provided a disturbing reminder of the horrific practice of identifying and eliminating heretics through torture. On a happier note, the Chocolate Museum we went to provided free tasting before purchase. Yummy!
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    Janice Hechinger

    I didn’t see any french horns..... do they pay??maybe you can add another semi retirement option

    9/17/19Reply
    Janice Hechinger

    I don’t think its there.... any cocktails??

    9/17/19Reply
     
  • Day9

    Spanish crash course finished!

    October 11, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    After I experienced first hand during my first days in Bogota, how hard it is to get along here without Spanish, I enrolled for a 1 week half day crash course.

    Much happier now, beeing at least able to order food & understand basics. I will keep on learning & practicing though!Read more

  • Day4

    Getting into the Columbian lifestyle

    October 6, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    More + more settling down in Bogota:

    Had yesterday an super interesting free walking tour about recent Columbian history (incl. Pablo, cartels & connections to politics/guerilla) and went out with some Columbians to a Salsa Party. Lots of fun 😀!

    Today enjoyed some traditional cuisine in an friendly Columbian family. Tasty & heavy bowls!
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