Bogota Travel Blog› entry 4 of 71 › view all entries
September 4th, 2007 – by: RainyDayToast
Well we are finally here! Felt like 2 days of travelling, and in fact it was as we left on 4th Sept from Chch to Auckland at 11am (flight 1hr), then Auckland - Buenos Aires at 4:30pm (flight 12hrs) and then we had to rush like mad to get to the transit counter as our flight was leaving in 45mins for Bogota! The line was pretty long, but slowely but surely we got there and were on our way. Annoying thing was though that the flight didn´t leave for another hour due to god knows what (there were dodgey maintaince people on the plane running tubes through the eisles.... DODGEY Argentina Airlines! Also, NO movies like on Thai airlines, but we did get to see Shrek 3 and some old-time movie called Waitress.
Bogota is noted as "extreme high risk" on the travelsmart government website. To be perfectly honest I know I have been a little on edge but really there is no need to. People are so friendly here and it´s not far from the hostel to walk to everything )which we have done).
So we had a nice sleep in until about 9am this morning and then wondered out to the streets of Bogota´s city centre. After getting money out so we could infact eat, (and the security guard telling us he was sorry cos he had to check our bag - this is what I mean by friendly cos you could tell he felt like he was invading on us as tourists as we aren´t used to it).
We went to the Gold Museum after eventually finding it - pretty amazing place. We sat down to figure out where we would have lunch while there as we were both starving by this stage as we had no brekkie! Some dodgey guy was wondering around us and then sat beside us.
So, after bellys rumbling we went down this little street with some Italian pizza bars. We were looking in one and then one of the guys comes up and said something in Spanish, motioning us in - so that was that pretty much. Now some of these guys spoke English (horray!) although we understood what they said anyway, they usually just say Buenos dias, ¿como estas? (Good day, how are you?), so for an expensive amount of $4,000 COP ($2.60 NZD!!!!!!!) we got a Pepsi and massive bit of pizza. We were also introduced to an interesting way of getting people to buy things. A little kid comes up to each table and gives our 3 lollies, to which Nathan says "Gracious!!" and nearly opens one, until I say not to incase he comes around wanting you to buy them.
We´ve also seen the poverty here, and a low scale I am sure. People with cups begging (again, trying to say something to us we can´t understand and probably just as well as I feel sorry for them as it is without the sob story). Also while sitting down today we had some guy come up to us who seemed pretty geniune and we had to tell him we spoke little Spanish and he then spoke again saying ¨money¨ and then motioning getting his throat cut. We said no and he went away. I have no idea what he said but would´ve been interesting anyway!! Don´t worry Mum and Dad - we´re OK!!! Everyone is pretty friendly and have gone out of their way to help since we have been here, and Soraya - you don´t have people coming up to you trying to sell you things like in Thailand either (just people saying something that sounds weird, which we have guessed is something to do with selling cellphones!)
We also went up on the tram way thing (pretty much a gondola, but it looks like tram in Spanish) to the Monserrate.
So... that´s Day 1 for all! Don´t worry, wont be sending out these long emails all the time, we actually have ana ccount which we will upload photos and news to for everyone which I´ll email out soon.
It´s nearly 6pm on 5th Septmber, )and 11am 6th September NZ time!) we have 2 full days here and we are off to the Salt Cathedral tomorrow hopefully and no idea about the next day, we really should try to get on our bus to San Gil then but we will see.
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