Sunday, 23 September 2012

A weekend in Bogota

We were fortunate enough to see Bogota the way the residents see it. Having two friends in the capital city made the experience far better than we could have planned. We got to party, Colombian style!
The city lights of Bogota
My friends Laura and Collin, whom I met whilst studying Italian in Florence, were currently living in Bogota so we got the full Colombian experience (yes, that means the food too!). 

We were hosted by Laura's lovely family who took us to the town of Tabio 45km outside Bogota which was a breath of fresh air after being in the bustling city of Medellin for a few days!
Harry, myself, Laura and Collin at the crafts fair in Tabio
We walked around the town, visited a community crafts fair and saw local children dancing to traditional music. The town resembled many small cities we have visited in Central America, as it had a quaint close-knit vibe and everyone was extremely friendly. 
Local children dancing traditional Colombian dance
Cream of corn soup...amazing!
Tabio was definitely worth a visit if not just for the food and dessert (or postres). We discovered that Colombians make very good soup! For meat option try Ajiaco (chicken, corn and potato) and for veggies, I had an amazing cream of corn soup with mini fries!

The landscape surrounding Tabio...not bad!
That night we went out with Laura, Collin and their friends to one of Bogota's biggest (and most expensive) clubs, Andres. It was quite a bit out of the city but we got van to take us and pick us up for COP 15,000pp. 

The club was also a restaurant and partly outside which kept things cool (maybe a bit too cool). It was a great night, with good music, dancing and (strong!) cocktails (though too pricey to have more than one). The food looked amazing and half way through the night we got a portion of the best chunky fries I have ever had!

The next day, everyone was feeling a bit 'precious' so we spent most of the day chilling until we went out for dinner in Bogota's upmarket eastern side of town to Crepes and Waffles; one word, dessert! 

The food was fantastic as it was both savory and sweet BUT save plenty of room for dessert! There was an impressive selection of desserts; we had the monster chocolate fondue... full doesn't even come close to how we felt afterwards!

We are all smiles BEFORE we destroyed that dessert!

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