Exploring the Hood

Colombia - Bogota December 2015 - January 2016 046Being located in the historic center makes it easy to explore the downtown area, but it is also confusing with the way the streets run. It would seem logical that they all run parallel east to west and north and south, but there are many that zig and zag diagonally or there are triangles in some areas, throwing it all off.

Plaza de Bolívar is the main square of the city and is home to all the most important government buildings of the country. The Supreme Court is in the building named the Palace of Justice on the northern side. Directly opposite it is the National Capitol, the Colombian Congress.

On the west side, is where the Bogota major has offices; the building is called the Liévano. Across from the mayor is the Catedral Basílica Metropolitana de la Inmaculada Concepción, the Church Pewsprimary Catholic Church in the country and the seat of the Bogota Archbishop. This church is the largest in the country and one of the largest in South America.

When we went in the cathedral, there is the Crecheobligatory crèche, but what tickled me was the construction of the objects. All the heads were like rag dolls. There were also some strange looking pews, which were like individual cubes.

Casa de Florero, which we have not explored yet, is on the northeast corner. An alternate name is the Museum of the 20th of July. This is where Colombia first tried to shed Spanish rule.  This is on the list, but the opening hours of various places have been off track due to the holiday.

One thing that continues to impress us and make our mouths drop are the number of graffiti art Bogota Wall Artworks all over the area. They are truly incredible.

Typical Colombian Soup

Another thing that gets our mouths going is the typical Colombian soup called ajiaco. It is usually made with chicken and three kinds of potatoes, corn and an herb called guascas. This was our first bowl. It is not only delicious, but hearty as well. After having this for a late lunch, we passed up having dinner and munched on cheese and crackers instead.

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.