New World Symphony, Bike Paths and Other Pleasant Surprises : Bogotá, Colombia. 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.

Pink Floyd in Bourgeois-tá, Protest Slogans on Churches: Graffiti in the Colombian Capital. December 2009.

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.

Chocolate With Cheese, Exotic Fruits and Braised Goat in Ant Sauce : Eating in Colombia. November-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.

Black-and-White Cows, Green Fields and a Salt Cathedral: Sáchica to Zipquirá, Colombia. November 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.