Try to imagine who recently picked up a spray can of paint and wrote this line from a 30-year-old Pink Floyd song Our writer made his mark in a comfortable neighborhood in Bogotá. This wall is around the corner from a gym that occupies several floors of a building. Although the gym is dedicated largely… Read More Pink Floyd in Bourgeois-tá, Protest Slogans on Churches: Graffiti in the Colombian Capital. December 2009.
My husband and I were standing on Montserrate, which overlooks Bogotá, when the music surprised us. “New World Symphony” by the Czech composer Antonin Dvorak (DVOR–zhak). David and I had gone up for a sunset drink on our last night in Colombia, stopping at the restaurant shown to the left. We had no idea that… Read More New World Symphony, Bike Paths and Other Pleasant Surprises : Bogotá, Colombia. December 2009.
The waiter told us the trick for enjoying a traditional Bogotá breakfast of chocolate santafereno style. You rip the block of mild rich cheese served with your breakfast into little pieces and sink them into the cup of rich chocolate. Then, with the spoon, eat the curd that forms. It may sound weird, but it… Read More Chocolate With Cheese, Exotic Fruits and Braised Goat in Ant Sauce : Eating in Colombia. November-December 2009.
The journey sometimes is better than the destination. My husband and I set out on a Sunday morning from the tourist spot of Villa de Leyva for one of Colombia’s big attractions, the salt cathedral at Zipaquirá. Luckily for us, we missed the direct bus connection between the two cities. Instead, we got a taxi… Read More Black-and-White Cows, Green Fields and a Salt Cathedral: Sáchica to Zipquirá, Colombia. November 2009.
It’s hard to tell from this photo, but the guy in the green shirt and cowboy hat is holding a puppy. He’s having a long chatty talk on a Sunday morning with the two young helmeted policemen on the minibike. I saw this friendly encounter in downtown Villa de Leyva. This quaint colonial city is… Read More Police and Tourists in the Street (Oh Yeah): Villa de Leyva, Colombia. November 2009.
Once I saw the landscape around Barichara, I wished we had time to do the hike that descends to the nearby village of Guane. The streets of Barichara slope upward, with a beautiful little park with palms and cactus at the top of the town. From this park, you can look into a tranquil green… Read More The Hike Not Taken: Barichara, Colombia. November 2009
My husband David and I had a lot to be grateful for when we woke up on the top floor of the building shown here. It’s kind of a supersized wooden hut. Backpackers can rent hammocks on the first floor, while there are two private rooms, or cabanas up top. David and I got one… Read More Thanksgiving at a Glorious Beach : Parque Nacional Tayrona, Colombia. November 2009.