Big buys in Bogota

Trip Start Aug 26, 2009
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Trip End Jun 24, 2010


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Monday, November 23, 2009

We arrived in Bogota a little miffed due to the sticky fingered thief that had helped themselves to our mobile phone. Grrr. Nevermind, to make up for it we treated ourselves to filet mignon in a cozy restaurant followed by chocolate browines by an open fire. Hoorah! Who needs a phone anyway!

We continued our theme of blowing our budget by spending the entire next day shopping for a laptop. We ended up in a giant mall that only sold computers and spent hours trying to haggle down the prices. Eventually we got one and hurried back to the hostel to use it (we know, saddos!).

The day after we decided to do something a bit more cultural and took a bus to the salt cathedral about two hours out of the city. Luckily we had an English speaking guide to take us around the mine and cathedral. It was stunning and quite eerie as everything was lit with soft blue or green lighting. It was seriously beautiful and we could have spent hours gazing at the amazing feat. The cathedral is used regularly for services and there was one happening while we are there. It is a sight to behold in the high salt ceilings, far underground with the sermon echoing all around.

Next up was the challenge of buying some warmish clothes for our trek in Venezuela. Kind of hard work considering all the decent warm stuff we could find was also designer and ridiculously pricey. Eventually we got stuff and also managed to squeeze in a visit to the gold museum. Another really gorgeous place. The gold was amazing and it was really interesting to discover how it was made in something like 1000 AD.

Our last awesome discovery in Bogota was Crepes & Waffles. It is a chain and does what it says on the tin. The servings were humungous and ice cream and arequipe (a kind of caramel crossed with condensed milk ) flowed like there was no tomorrow. Truly the stuff of dreams and a great way to end our stay in Colombia.
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lisypoo80
lisypoo80 on

Pictures look amazing! Why is it after reading all your blogs u make me hungry and I have to go in search of chocolate?!! Stop it please!! Off to Egypt tomorrow skype when back, love love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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