Bogota, Take 2
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August 5th, 2008 – by: AndySD
My first impression was that I had come to the right conclusion after my first stay here. The climate is very nice here, with warm sun during the day but cold at night due to the 8,500 foot elevation. There was some occasional rain, but nothing very heavy and never lasted very long. Compared to the other South American cities I thought that Bogota had the perfect balance between being modern enough without losing much of its traditional culture, that along with the warmth and friendliness of the people makes for a great combination. Since the gold musuem was being renovated the last time I was here I went back to see if they had finished the renovations but sadly they still hadn´t finished and the same temporary collection was on display at the Botero Musuem.
Nearby the tower is the Plaza de Toros and luckily my visit happened to coincide with the 12th annual Summer Festival and they were holding free bullfights on Saturday and Sunday. I hadn´t been able to catch a bullfight yet in South America so I was interested to see this traditional cultural event. The stadium was packed with people and the bulls were as big as 350kg and the crowd really got going when some of the matadors performed some behind the back olays and other daring maneuvers. This was especially true at the end after the alcohol that everyone was consuming had taken affect.
I also made a trip to San Andresito, a big marketplace where they sell all sorts of gray and black market goods and discounted items such as sunglasses, watches, electronic stuff, perfume, and footwear. There are some stalls selling pirated movies for about $1.50 a disc and they have seriously extensive catalogs of movies with everything you could want. Some 15 blocks away is the central market in Bogota where they have all sorts of different tropical fruits and juices that are so good, something I´ll certainly miss once I get back to the United States.
Amidst the immense complex of city parks is the Botanical Garden.
Considering the other big South American cities I found Bogota to be my favorite. While Buenos Aires, my second favorite, was also very nice, the problem with Buenos Aires is that in many parts of the city you could look around and what you would see could literally place you anywhere in the world. It is nice enough but it doesn´t really have any charisma or anything to really draw you in, in addition to being so touristed, which also makes things less enticing. I´m glad that I was fortunate enough to spend my last few days here but now, after 8 months on the road, it is finally time to go home.
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