A Revolution Over a Vase

Colombia - Bogota ChurchDue to the holidays, the museums were off track with their opening hours. We went to the Museo de La Independencia Casa del Florero multiple times to find it closed. Then we noticed the sign that offers tours in English on Wednesdays at 3 pm.

On our way there, we took streets yet traveled and found some fun things. First of all, there was an awesome building that turned out to be a church. It was closed, so we only were able to get exterior views. LlamasThe fun part while we were there was watching two indigenous people bringing their llamas from wherever to Bolivar Square. They pose the animals there for children to sit on and be photographed.

At 2:55 pm, we entered the museum. The ticket seller took one look at us and automatically gave us the senior fare tickets – Free. Ron asked where the English tour would start, but the response was no English tour today. Frustrated, we started looking around on our own until we heard others asking for the English tour too. Told to wait in one corner for a guide to begin the tour, we joined them.

One family waiting, the father was speaking Spanish with the tour guide. A little confused why they were not on the Spanish tour, we soon discovered the reason. Our guide’s English was about an elementary level. He apologized for not speaking well, as he is just learning. Generally, he is the Spanish tour guide. The father of the family assisted with translations often.

Fight for Colombian IndependenceWe learned from our guide that a Spanish man José Antonio González Llorente fought with a Creole man, Francisco Morales over a vase. During the dispute, the vase broke with only a portion of it remaining intact to be on display. This started the war for independence from Spain. This is about as far as he was able to get before telling us to explore on our own. The rest was worthless; there were no translations in English.

Speaking to the family, the husband shared that he was from Venezuela, but went to university in Italy. He is an agricultural scientist who lives and works in Sweden. However, his two children were born in the US when he worked there. The children do not speak Spanish.The vase fought over

From the Museo de La Independencia Casa del Florero, we went to the Contemporary Art Museum in the same complex as the Botero Museum. At first glance, we had not realized how extensive it is. It has six exhibition halls, but these divide into numerous partitions. Thankfully, this museum is open until 7 pm. It took us until minutes before closing time to complete our self-guided tour of the collections.

The day started late, but it filled in nicely regardless.

After completing my Ed.D., the frustration of finding a teaching position where I was willing to live, led to Ron and I leaving the country. We intended to travel for a year before settling somewhere in MA or RI. We left the US without any credit card debt, no car payments and our house mortgage paid by renters. We had $10,000 in the bank to make our way through a year.