We woke up early again today – again, I was the last one up. Our Airbnb lady was so nice – she messaged us a couple of times yesterday to make sure we were ok – she offered to go out with us and guide us around. She also cleaned up our rooms while we were out and washed and folded our clothes!! She re-made our beds and got us fresh towels!!
We hated to break it to her, but we decided to go out for breakfast and coffee as we wanted something satisfying and not greasy! We were really wanting some good coffee too, NOT instant. It was raining today and we wanted to go to the botanical gardens later – our hostess told us that rain here rarely lasts and to not give up on the idea as it would probably abate later.
We found a restaurant called “El Viejo y el Pancake” online that had really good reviews- plus, who doesn’t like pancakes! It was delicious and exactly what we wanted. We hung out there for a while drinking coffee. It was owned by an American and her husband and had free refills on coffee! We were talking and visiting and deciding what to do for the day. We decided to go back to Parque Botero as there were some touristy shops in the area that we couldn’t visit last night because there was a power outage. Gaby wanted to get some souvenirs for her family. We took some more photos and then went to a mall so that Ekatarina could get some things. It was a really posh mall. We left with nothing, but I got to see a really cute dog!
It had stopped raining by this time, so we decided to go to the Botanical Gardens. We had talked to our hostess and she let us keep our things there until we went to the airport so that we didn’t have to lug them around town. She was super nice!
The gardens were amazing – there were a lot of stray cats around that were super sweet. I found an iguana and got to hold it! We absolutely loved the gift shop! We all got multiple things there. It was a great experience and there were so many families there having picnics and enjoying the gardens, it is free! How amazing is that!!
It was time to go back to the flat to get our stuff to go to the airport. We found a café on our way back – it was called ciudad café and we had a pizza – the food was not good and the service was very rude – our first bad experience, it was next to this restaurant called El Aula that we had wanted to eat at but was closed.
Uber is illegal here and the taxis are fighting the drivers very actively. I got a text from the driver who was picking me up to ask me where I was and what I was wearing – it was the first time that that had happened to me since being here. He then asked me to meet him by the parking garage – where he paid for parking and walked me to his car. He told me that apparently lately they were really cracking down on uber drivers and impounding their cars and fining them and taking away their driver’s licenses. Wow!