Striking Gold and Fat People

Bogota Segway OfficersWe are back on track with our museum haunting. As we were making our way, we witnessed these police officers on Segways. What an incredible idea! Why aren’t other cities using this method? It saves on the officer’s stamina when not riding a bike and saves money from not having horses.

The Museo de Oro is quite spectacular. The first time we had been in a gold museum was Peru many years ago. Due to our advanced age, entry was free. For a country that is not within Museo de Oro Bogotathe first world category, but described as a developing nation, this is an incredible museum. The building is modern. The displays are widely spaced so there is no chance of crowding even with numerous people in attendance and the individual pieces stand apart from each other with English translations for everything.

With four floors divided by historical periods, there is plenty to see. Each object needs more than a few Museo de Oro Bogotaminutes to assimilate the artisanship involved in its creation. With objects decades B.C., I have difficulty comprehending how they mined the gold and knew how to work with it. We spent a glorious three hours here starting on the top floor and working our way down. It would have been more, but the temporary exhibit closed for a makeover.

After grabbing some lunch at a nearby café, we headed over to the Museo Botero. We have had the privilege of viewing this artist’s work in various countries, but a few years ago, the Fine Arts Museum in Budapest had a wonderful temporary exhibit. His human figures as well as his Botero Museumstill life paintings tend to hyper-exaggeration.

Fernando Botero Angulo was born in Medellin, Colombia. Though some may say his work is Rubenesque, “Boterismo” is the style attributed to him. He is still alive and still working. His range flows between paintings, sketches, and sculpture. Botero MuseumWithin my personal favorites, he ranks second right after Bruegel, though their styles are completely different.  This museum is free entry; the artist has donated the majority of the work. It was not at all unreasonable for us to spend over three hours admiring his work.

Botero MuseumOn the way back to the apartment, we passed by a completed wall painting. Just the day before, the artist was in progress. Now it is finished. Here are the two views.

Street Art in ProgessStreet Art Completed

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.