Colombia
Centro Nariño

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  • Day129

    Bogotá lässt uns nicht zur Ruhe kommen

    February 15 in Colombia ⋅ 🌧 21 °C

    Bogotá ist die Hauptstadt von Kolumbien, in der 7,4 Mio. Einwohner auf 2600 Höhenmetern leben. Das bringt das Verkehrssystem an seine Grenzen. Der öffentliche Personennahverkehr besteht nur aus Bussen. Nicht vorhandene Metro wird durch öffentliche Doppel-Gelenk-Busse, private Kleinbusse sowie Taxis kompensiert. Im Ergebnis geht es im Straßenverkehr kaum voran.
    Nach einer langen Staufahrt kommen im Stadtzentrum Bogotás an und suchen eine Parkmöglichkeit für die heranbrechende Nacht. Am Fuße des hohen Stadtberges „Monserate“, der sich 550 Meter über die Stadt erhebt, erhoffen wir uns einen ruhigen Parkplatz. Wir finden einen guten Platz mit Blick über die Stadt. Beim Abendessen werden wir von Polizisten begrüßt. Nach kurzem Austausch eben die freundlichen, jungen Herren ihre Telefonnummer, für den Fall, dass wir behelligt werden. Nach dem Einschlafen werden wir von zwei anderen Polizisten geweckt. Aufgrund der hohen Kriminalität in dieser Gegend bitten Sie uns auf einen sicheren Parkplatz zu folgen. Hier werden wir am frühen Morgen erneut von einem Klopfen geweckt. Diesmal ist es das Parkplatzpersonal, welches uns zur Kasse bittet. Wir fahren zum Frühstück wieder auf den Parkplatz am Berg und genießen den Ausblick über die Stadt. Beim Frühstück werden wir erneut von zwei Polizisten, diesmal auf Pferden, begrüßt. Sie warnen uns erneut vor Kriminellen. Wir wollen ohnehin ins Zentrum und machen uns auf den Weg. Die bewachten Bezahl-Parkplätze sind für uns zu klein oder zu teuer. Wir parken in einer Seitenstraße und treffen zufällig einen netten deutschen Studenten, der in dem Haus lebt, vor dem wir gerade einparkten. Nach kurzer Unterhaltung und einigen Tipps, brechen wir zum Stadtbummel auf. Wir laufen durch das historische Stadtzentrum, welches seine Ursprünge im 16. Jahrhundert hat. Im Museum Botero gibt es eine Ausstellung des wohl bedeutendsten Künstlers des Landes Fernando Botero zu sehen. Vom netten deutschen Studenten wurde uns eine Ausstellung über den Friedensprozess in Kolumbien empfohlen. Auch dieser statten wir einen Besuch ab. Am Nachmittag fahren wir noch auf den höchsten Stadtberg „Guadalupe“, um die Dimensionen der Stadt in Augenschein nehmen zu können. Die nächste Nacht verbringen wir in einem wohlhabenden Stadtviertel am Ende einer Stichstraße. Auch hier werden wir nach dem Einschlafen von freundlichen Polizisten geweckt, die sich über unseren Aufenthalt erkundigen. Am nächsten morgen werden wir dann gegen 6 Uhr von einem Ranger wieder wachgeklopft. Er teilt uns mit, dass es kein Parkplatz sei, aber lässt uns weiter schlafen. Beim Frühstück bekommen wir dann erneut Besuch von der Polizei. Scheinbar hat ein besorgter Anwohner um deren Hilfe gebeten. Wir tauschen uns freundlich mit dem interessierten Schutzmann aus und begeben uns dann auf die Weiterfahrt in Richtung Medellin.
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  • Day1

    Colombia Days 1 and 2

    July 26, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ 🌧 57 °F

    Arrived this afternoon in Bogota Colombia. Traveling with friends Mary Lou (ML) (nurse I worked with at Santa Rosa Kaiser) and her husband Robert. They left a couple days before me and spent 2-3 days in Mexico City, the half way point of a flight from San Francisco to Bogota, Colombia. I took a red eye last night, leaving San Francisco at 11PM, arriving Mexico City at 5:30AM their time - 2 hour time difference from SF. Met ML and Robert at the airport and after a 2- 3 hour layover, on to Bogota. All via Aeromexico, uneventful and comfortable flights. I do not sleep much on airplanes but finally did get at bit of sleep after we left Mexico City about 8:30 this AM.

    On arrival, after through all the usual protocols, we were met by distant relatives of Robert's who live here in Bogota - Carlos and Claudia. Robert had arranged this and they are a delightful couple who are happy to show us around Bogota!! How lucky is that. We had booked a Bed and Breakfast in the City and, after some "rush hour" traffic woes, found our B & B the Bogota Bed and Breakfast Inn. It is lovely and hosts are so very gracious and helpful. We did just bit of settling down and then had a lively cocktail hour over a bottle of Chilean wine, in their lounge with the 5 of us. Carlos speaks fairly English, Claudia not much, Robert speaks quite good Spanish (that is going to be a blessing), Mary Lou understands more than I do and I catch a work, phrase or 2 during the conversation. :-( Got a local typical Colombian restaurant recommendation from our hosts and we all went to dinner - lots of conversation, did not hit religion but, of course, did hit politics. I had a typical Colombian fare - Canzuela Montenero (not exactly sure that is right) - pork, chorizo, plantains, beans in a hearty broth with rice and avacado on the side. Along with Sangria and a lemon yerba buena combination - non-alcoholic - and like a slurpi (very good) - we are all ready to crash.
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  • Day2

    Colombia Day 3

    July 27, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ 🌧 54 °F

    A "get organized" morning. Late breakfast - this is a really great B & B - breakfast at whatever time you ask and whatever you want. :-) Mary Lou not feeling great - she brought a bronchitis/asthma condition with her from the US and its not getting better. Robert and I out to the closest ATM for some local money. Colombia is one of those countries with a lot of pesos to the dollar - around 2,880 pesos to the dollar!! The math gets complicated but still not as bad as the old Italian lira. (I think I am dating myself) Next to get SIM cards for our phones. Robert and ML have 2 phones and the acquisition was quite a process so mine has to wait until tomorrow as our friends had arrived to escort us around for the day. The B and B folk found an MD for Mary Lou who would come to the B and B !!! House call was $30 US!!! We went to the Museo Nationale while ML waiting for MD. A very interesting museum - some English but not in all areas. My Google translator was on overtime. The museum was a combination of Colombian history and art. The museum (not the building it is in) was just started in 1999. All of their history is so very recent - they really just united the country in 1991. Lots to learn in this country as I really have not paid much attention to Colombian history.
    Back to the B & B to pick up Mary Lou - stronger decongestants prescribed. (and the pharmacy delivered the drugs to the B & B) !!! Off to the La Macherena section of the city for dinner - and a walk around the upscale area before dinner. A wonderful restaurant, Santa Fe, recommended by our hosts. Good Chilean white wine and wonderful food - wonderful white fish cerviche and salmon carpaccio for appetizers. Great service and even serenaded by a saxophone player during dinner. A really fun experience and again - lots of lively conversation.
    Back to B & B around 8PM. ML "beat" for the day. I went to do this blog downstairs in the lobby with a cup of tea and after a short while, new guests arrived. As it turns out, they had been guests at this B & B last year so knew the hosts and I spent the next 2 hours with the hosts and the couple from France talking about everything in the world - it was just wonderful. And the conversation was in English !! :-) Now getting the blog done and soon time for me to crash.
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  • Day6

    Colombia Day 7

    July 31, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    A rainy catch up AM and some rest for Mary Lou. Off to explore the La Candelaria area in more detail today. Using Uber most of the time for transportation within the city. First stop, the Teatro Colon - could not get in so only a picture. Looked to see if we could attend an event there while we were here but only a play going on, they also do symphonies,opera and ballet but not this week. Wandered around the pedestrian streets for awhile, checking out the stores and wares for sale. Tried to go to the Museo Botero but it was closed on Tuesdays. Fernando Botero was a Colombian artist know for painting fat figures. So off to the only 3 star attraction in Bogota - the Gold Museum, Museo del Oro. A very well done museum with a lot of gold as well as interpretive movies on the making of gold designs and other metallurgy work. Definitely worth a stop. ML and I out to thee the San Francisco church listed in the guide books. A stark reminder of all of the catholic churches that I had seen in Ecuador and Peru - walls of gold - and very poor parishioners. Not my favorite thing to experience. A light snack and a beer at a cafe and home for a late afternoon rest.
    Out for dinner locally at the recommendation of our hosts. El Barrio - a neighborhood Colombian restaurant - just OK - dinner for 3 - $45. (only 1 beer in that for me). Early evening home for ML to get some rest. Off to Pereira tomorrow.
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  • Day66

    Hotel Royal city

    March 4, 2015 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Tilbake på hotellet for å prøve å slappe litt av. De siste dagene har vert preget av stress og hard påkjenning på både kropp og sinn.
    Colombia har vert en utrolig positiv overraskelse! Vi har blitt behandlet veldig godt av alle hær. Veldig hyggelige og sørvisinnstillte mennesker.

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Centro Nariño, Centro Narino

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