Our first impression of Bogota was dark and underwhelming. But after a couple days of exploring, the city grew on us. We found great coffee, food, and beer, cool shops and outdoor markets, and good people. Our grand finale, albeit on Lauren and Geoff’s penultimate day, kicked off when a group of locals, gathered on a sidewalk, offered us a beer. Being a tall gringo has made me a beacon for anyone looking to sell or beg for anything. I had to discard the assumption that these guys wanted something from me, and I was glad I did. We had a memorable half hour chatting with the group of them, and they asked for nothing in return for the beers we drank. What followed was a hilarious night of tequila shots and “salsa dancing” at Bogota’s largest and most unique restaurant-bar-club, Andrés Carne de Res.
Lauren and Geoff’s visit was full of highlights. Most of them were the sort that don’t make for good story telling: friendly people, beautiful places, good food, meaningful conversation. Traveling with the two of them was a breeze, and while invading their hotel, I got a rare taste of amenities like plush towels, powerful air conditioning and hot showers.
I’m getting weary of being repetitive. Hopefully you aren’t tired of reading about people and places that are amazing, beautiful, friendly, or incredible. I’m glad to have a new adjective; the three of us had a boomin’ time. It was difficult to readjust to traveling without them.