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Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
Trip End Sep 14, 2008

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Thanks to the multitude of transportation delays I endured in Bolivia, and a little too much dawdling in Peru and Ecuador, I didn't have nearly as much time in Colombia as I'd hoped. No time for Cartagena or Medellin. Instead I just spent four days in Bogota, which wasn't so bad as it was easily my favorite big city of the trip. Why? By far the most diverse slate of cultural offerings, even though I took advantage of almost none of them. Good food at rock-bottom prices: pizza and soda for a dollar, arepas filled with whatever you wish, and even a good veggie set-lunch place. The cost was a relief after the wallet-suck that is Brazil.

I did make it to a couple museums, both free. Donacion Botero houses the work of Colombia's most famous painter, who makes everyone he paints look like an over-inflated balloon. Friendly guides showed off weapons and other relics, including the blood of Pablo Escobar at the Police Museum. I also took some time to explore the streets of historic La Candelaria, peopled with a mix of pensioners, businessmen, and mowhawk-sporting teens. The rest of my time was spent in internet cafes, where I trawled Craigslist for potential apartments in preparation for my return to LA. Found a good one, and as I write this I'm surrounded by boxes in my new room in Culver City. Time to unpack!

Here's the final flickr set of this trip.
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