More on Bogotá

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The New York Times posted this piece by Jada Yuan today: Beautiful, Complicated Bogota and I wanted to throw in my two cents.  I missed most of the places on Ms. Yuan’s list  – the city is huge and there is so much to see (and eat!).  Each neighborhood is a city unto itself so I think you can get a totally different vibe depending where you are.   I noticed a commenter recommended the Museo Botero (pictured above) which I thought was awesome.  It also merges into some of the other museums in Candelaria such as la Casa de moneda.  Unfortunately, I ended up there after climbing Monserrate (by foot – seen in the background of the photo) so I was super tired and didn’t get to spend as much time there as I could have (hello, altitude!).

I would also suggest using your own common sense about security.  I was super anxious about using my phone in public before going because I had read so many posts about safety, but once I was adjusted to my neighborhood (Chapinero) I realized it wouldn’t be a problem there and wished that I hadn’t been so stressed about it in the first place (of course, use your own common/spidey sense!).

Flying Avianca from Boston to Bogotá

In February and March, 2018, I flew round trip from Boston to Bogotá on Avianca.  These were direct flights and, as far as flights go, they were great.  I didn’t take any photos on or of the plane for you though, but here’s one of the kids play area in the El Dorado lounge in the El Dorado (Bogotá) airport:IMG_9315

I say the flights were great because (1) they were direct; (2) one of them was on time; (3) they give you hot towels; (4) they give you food.  Who even does that anymore?  The return flight was so not on time, however, it was due to a nor’easter in Boston (one of the real ones not that last fake one) and totally not the airline’s fault.  Nevertheless, Avianca provided vouchers for a night in their airport hotel (Movich), as well as three meals at the hotel.  They went ahead and canceled the flight ahead of time instead of keeping everyone waiting for hours to see whether it would leave and then canceling, which I really appreciated.  Had I not spend the night at the Movich, I would have been totally fine at the Priority Pass El Dorado lounge, as I found out the next morning when I was searching for snacks (and scored some chocolate con sabor de arequipe).  There was tons of space and it looked clean.  There were sleeping pod/chair-type things plus tons of smaller rooms with couches.  It’s pretty well reviewed over at Lounge Buddy so I won’t go into detail but will share the following photos of the hallway and a second of the kids lounge because, well, it had a volcano. IMG_9310IMG_9314

One more from the airport of a Colombian pato:

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¡Que precioso! Pienso que él querría viajar a Boston conmigo.

¿Habéis volado con Avianca? ¿Qué pensais del aeropuerto El Dorado? ¿De patos?

Have you folks flown with Avianca? Checked out the El Dorado lounge?  LMK

-caro

Paloquemao

Do you folks want to know about the Paloquemao market in Bogotá, Colombia?  It was already covered pretty well here: http://seecolombia.travel/blog/2016/06/visit-paloquemao-market-in-bogota/.  Actually I thought that blog as a whole was great for Colombia travel.  Good thing, since that’s what it’s called.

Anyway, I went there, I thought it was ok.  Here’s a photo:

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I went on a Sunday morning, via taxi.  There was pretty much no traffic so it was easy to get there and, although I was a little concerned upon the drop-off, it was no problem getting back to Candelaria.  Man, did that taxi driver on the way back like to talk though. He really wanted to get deep into politics which I was not ready for–en español–on a Sunday morning.  Nice enough guy though.

I mean, it was definitely something to see, I don’t know if I would have spent a whole day there.  In fact, I know I would not have spent a whole day there.  Or even half a day.  But an hour, hour and-a-half was cool.  If I could have taken them home I would have bought so many flowers.

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I would not have bought a lot of these things, which tasted ok but just looked so gross on the inside: IMG_9142

I was told it’s a granadilla. Very cute on the outside though, but I neglected to take a photo. My bad.  At the time I didn’t know I had a blog to report to.