Bogota Travel Blog› entry 21 of 27 › view all entries
September 30th, 2007 – by: sabremoose
... as you can imagine, here it is the complete opposite of what you would expect. Bogota is a city in the mountains and sprawls across the surrounding mountainsides. The south side of the city is the poorest part and includes a lot of manufacturers and industrial areas. The mountains towards the south of the city are where some of the poorest families live. Tonight we visited some more relatives who welcomed us into their home, fed us aguardiente (very strong typical colombian drink, tastes like aniseed and is much like uzo) and cafe con leche, and took us up through the four levels of their home to their rooftop balcony which looks out over Bogota. We went up at night so we could admire the view, which is spectacular. The man of the house, uncle Hairo, is a professional Tejo player (refer a previous entry). As far as I could tell, three generations of family lived in the same house, which included the original parents, their possibly three children and some of their partners and about four grandchildren. The whole family shares three bedrooms as the top two floors of the house are unfinished. As you keep walking up the stairs, you realise that the top of the house is (apart from having a roof) completely open to the elements. It´s fortunate it doesn´t get really cold here!
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