Colombia – the touchdown

After almost 24 hours journey I arrived in Colombia.

Some key facts:

Bogota is around 2600 above the sea level. Which, on one hand means that I didn’t have the drop pressure in my ears while landing, on the other.. It is 9 degrees in the morning, during the day rarely above 20, and it can rain anytime.

Plus it is steep (as you would expect of the city located high in the mountains).. Which can be good (look at that last picture, its the view from my window now!), but climbing here can give you an heart attack (high altitude+ road steepness more than 20%).

Some quick notes about the place.. If on the main street various sellers offer second hand (feet) shoes, it is for me basically the definiton of what is the third world country.. But here it looks that I’ll like it.

Why?

  1. food. First day I spent eating from the street vendors. On the plate there is Lechera, classic food from bit up north of Bogota – Rice with pork (porn in my mouth). Accompanied by fresh squeezed juice from mandarin – I couldn’t believe it is without the sugar addition, this sweet it is! I also had arepa with eggs/ham/cheese. Yummy!
  2. language.. Since my studies Spanish is somehow closer for me than English, and in Bogota they speak very clearly.
  3. sporty attitude. Each sunday and main holidays main streets are closed for the traffic and opened for bicycles and runners (without aparently “demolishing” the traffic).

In the end of the day I went to the museum of Colombian Arts. As long as I’m not into museum stuff in general, this one had few good parts – interaction with the audience. By asking good questions (and putting them on the walls letting people write their own answers to them) gives a good insight for how the locals think and what their believes are. Have a look in the gallery (will be understood as long as your Spanish is somehow ok).

 

On the first day, only one thing went wrong. I didn’t prepare too much and didn’t take the converting plug for Colombia (its very similar outlet to the one used in US). Lesson learned!

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