Colombia Pictures, Finally

Scenes of Bogotá.

Skyline from where I was working:

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Street kiosk:

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From a youth home that gorgeously overlooks the city spread out below it.

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The youth home in the hills.

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This next one is taken through a (not very clean) taxi window. Sorry for the poor quality. Apparently there had been some shooting in this neighborhood a few days before, and the army was stationed around the area to prevent further violence. I thought the image of the soldier next to the child was quite ironic.

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The same barrio (neighborhood) from across the ravine.

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Once we got in the barrio, the taxi driver told me to put away my camera. “D0n’t give them a reason to start shooting,” he said. Actually he said, “No le da la papaya.” That apparently means “give them a reason.” So, note 1 for visitors to Colombia: papaya=reason. Ok.

We fit five people into these tiny taxis, which were everywhere, regularly.

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Homes in the Chapinero neighborhood.

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People were always out on thee street, no matter what time of day. These were taken in the morning.

I really loved the brick and the old architecture. Plumbing is a nightmare, I’m sure.

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They are serious about security here.

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I think this was an embassy, or a club or something.

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The oldest church in Bogotá, late in the afternoon.

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And right in front of the church:

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Beautiful, huh?

One of Colombia’s best inventions: arequipe. It’s kind of like caramel, but do you notice how they eat it with a spoon out of a mini yogurt container? My kind of snack. Yum. I brought back a six pack.

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Dinner with friends, including ice cream with MORE arequipe.

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Tomorrow: Medellín.

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