Afrodisiaco · Bogota · Candelaria · Chapinero · Colombia · Disco Jaguar · La Arepera · Museo del Oro · Plaza de Mercado Paloquemao · South America · Teaching English · Travel

Puente Weekend Continued

We woke and got around slowly this morning –Ebony and Rachel had arrived around 2am and we stayed up chatting about our experiences so far in Colombia, so we were really tired!  It was so nice to catch up and compare and contrast our situations teaching English is different areas of the country.

Ebony is a lot like me – she likes cooking and we enjoy the same type of food – She had been interested in going to Paloquemao since orientation, so I was eager to take her there to explore the greatness of the market! Ekatarina was due to arrive about 1pm or so on a flight from her city of Santa Marta (She is the lucky one who gets to live by the ocean!!), and Gaby had still not left Funza, soooo.. we decided to go ahead and go out and get some things done.

We walked to the market and on the way we found a cute little garden with sculptures formatted on old stones from pre-historic times. It was tucked in the middle of a busy intersection. Of course we stopped to explore! It is called “Parque de los Talladores en Piedra de Los Martires”.  It was so cool – I love that about this city, there are things to see and explore everywhere you look!

 

We had a great time at Paloquemao and bought and sampled tons of fruit. They have so many fruits here that we don’t have in the US. I got some coconut milk and some frozen fruit pulp to make smoothies for breakfast tomorrow! Sometimes I feel so lucky to be living here!

We went back to the flat to meet with Ekatarina and get her settled in – Gaby still had not left Funza to come to meet us, so we decided to check another thing off the list and head out to Candelaria and the Museo del Oro.   El Museo del Oro is the top tourist attraction in Colombia. It is truly amazing and shares a lot of the Colombian history. It is not a big museum, but is impressive.  There is a room that has a cool experience of how important gold was as a sacrifice in ancient times here in Colombia.  When you enter the room it is all dark, then gradually lights shine on gold items around the room and get faster and faster until finally settling on a well in the floor in the middle of the room filled with gold items.  Then the sounds of a rainstorm erupt around the room.  It is super cool and very well done.

museo del oro

We walked around the area and had fish for lunch at a place called Afrodisiaco – it was run by some people from the Choco area of Colombia. It was delicious!  There are little places around Candelaria like this and it makes exploring so much fun.

Lunch Candelaria

We went back to the flat and met us with Gaby finally. We walked to one of my favorite restaurants in Bogota called, “La Arepera” and then we went back to the flat to get ready to go out to Disco Jaguar – a really fun dance club that has both a salsa room and a reggaeton room. It is a reasonably priced club and a lot of fun. It is on Septima in Chapinero and is only 15,000 COP to get in.  I have been there before and enjoy it for a night out and it is within walking distance of my flat!

 

We made it home about 3 am – tired and happy.

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Bogota · Candelaria · Canton Norte · Colombia · South America · Teaching English · Travel

Restaurante el Catedral

Today is an exam day for the soldiers, so there was not a lesson to prepare. I did prepare the quiz that they took over the last lesson to take before the exam. It was good to be in class and the soldiers are nice and have a great sense of humor. I like them.  This was my first real work since being here.

I talked with Angela about why exactly I was there at the base. I think it went well. She was nice and more inclusive and I felt good about the day.  As I have found to be the case, there is little communication and she had no idea why I was there, so it is possible that she felt threatened by me and this is why she was distant.  I went over what the organization I came through was and what they hired us to do and that I was there to teach English and the military was not paying me and I was not there to take her job or threaten her job in any way.  She seemed receptive and hopefully we’ll have a better relationship and she will be more inclusive.

After work I went to the downtown area in the afternoon in Candelaria as I needed to get something for Norbert to take back to Jenny and Robbie. I went to the area by the Museo del Oro as that is very touristy and there are a lot of souvenir shops to choose from. The traffic was awful and I hate shopping, but I do love Jenny, so off I went! I asked the cab driver for a good restaurant and he brought me to this touristy area where they had restaurants geared to tourists, so expensive. It was definitely not what I was looking for, so even though I was super hungry, I walked away and back to the museum hoping to find something more to my liking and price budget.

I found this little place up some stairs and way in the back of a building called, ‘Restaurante el Cathedral’.   They had a sign hung out in the front featuring the ‘Menu del dia’ and it sounded good – so I went off to find this restaurant.  The owners were this tiny, cute little couple who welcomed me and warned me to be careful of where I put my bag – they even brought me this chair to put it on. They told me what the plato del dia was, but all they had left was chicken, so they made me another amazing plate! They brought me some fruit juice, Sancocho soup ‘ vegetarian!´, a fried egg, rice, veggies, plantains, and salad ‘ it was so very amazing!! It was all only 11,000 COP! It was the best soup I have ever had in my life! It has plantains and vegetables in it and lots of cilantro.  I’m going to have to try to make it on my own.  I asked them for the recipe, but they wouldn’t give it to me!  The negative thing – they are only open Monday, Friday and Saturday. They also told me that they rotate the soups, so I won’t necessarily ever get to eat that soup again.  I’m definitely going to have to try though.

I left in a much better mood – but it soon soured as I had to go shopping and pick something out – and as much as I hate shopping, I hate it even more when I am being accosted the whole time!! But… eventually I found them something that I am pretty sure they will love.

I made it home eventually very tired and grouchy AND Norbert leaves tomorrow.