Bogota Journals

Surprised in Bogota

A September 2006 trip to Bogota by PNelson

Plaza de Toros Santamaría Photo, Bogota, Colombia More Photos
Quote: Surprised in the good way. My typical American perception was of a country whose economy relies on coffee and kidnappings. I found it beautiful.

Surprised in Bogota

Overview

Let resting dogs lie Photo, Bogota, Colombia
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While apprehensive on learning of my need to travel to Colombia, I was excited for the new experience.Even the book I read on the plane "Freakenomics" referred to the hazards associated with foreigners to this South American country. Strangely enough the book also references the theory of what makes "Common Knowledge." It explains that common knowledge is the perceived truth with a given subject or action. It does not have to be true, just believed to be true by the general population.While I was only in Colombia for 4 days, I found my impression of Bogota to be no more dangerous than my other Central and South American destinations.I was shocked to see the modern buildings of ...Read More
Radisson Royal Bogota Hotel Photo, Bogota, Colombia
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To be honest it was a nice hotel. The problem I had is that I didn't feel like I had left the United States. I had no problem checking in, ordering meals, or checking out. All the staff seemed to speak English.

Nice, safe, just not what I expected to be Colombian. Maybe there isn't such a thing? I mean this was my first trip. Maybe Colombian looks just like American? I doubt it.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 12, 2006

Radisson Royal Bogota Hotel
Calle 114 9-65
Bogota, Colombia
+57 (1) 629-5559

Casa Vieja Resturantes Photo, Bogota, Colombia
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This restaurant is in what appears to be a church, complete with bell and steeple.The interior is local in flavor and crafts. The staff wear traditional Colombian uniforms.It was suggested that I order the popular local dish called Sobrebarriga. This monstrous plate includes fine chopped beef, beans, rice, a fried plantain, a sausage, a fried egg, and piece of chicharrones. A chicharon is a piece of pork still attached to the skin that has been deep fried.I have to say I loved the meal. I also have to say I didn't want to eat for two days. I am not saying the food was bad. I am saying that the serving was so large and filling that I felt f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 12, 2006

Casa Vieja Resturantes
Cra. 10 No. 26-60
Bogota, Colombia
284 7359

Club Colombia

Restaurant

Club Colombia Photo, Bogota, Colombia
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This experience starts as you enter the driveway of Club Colombia. A Koi pond and a mature tree with lit baskets make you feel as though you were just invited to visit a dignitary at his/her exquisite residence. It must have been a grand home at one time, but now it is a grand restaurant! There are seating areas that invite conversation and sharing throughout the lower floor. There is also outside seating with fabric covered patios that reminded me of what I expect a Sheik might have if living in this green and lush valley.Club Colombia the restaurant also shares this name with a locally produced beer. I expect they are managed by the same company or person.The atmosphere set w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 13, 2006

Club Colombia
Avenida 82 No. 9-11
Bogota, Colombia
+57 (1) 249-5681

Plaza de Toros Santamaría

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Attraction

Plaza de Toros Santamaría Photo, Bogota, Colombia
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Driving through the city and seeing this beautiful structure stopped me in my tracks. After a business meeting my friend and guide talked the security guard into allowing us into the bullring. It doesn't seem to be too hard to be granted this privilege. The matadors had just finished practicing and we had the opportunity to explore and take pictures. The bullfighting season doesn't start until the December/January time frame, but for a moment I was Pepe Caceres, (the only bullfighter name I know due to a statue in near the entrance). I would like to think my guide got us the special privilege of this tour, but immediately afterwards an entire preschool was offered the same opportunity. I think...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 12, 2006

Plaza de Toros Santamaría
Carrera 7 at Calle 26
Bogota, Colombia