Destino Nomad a welcoming hostel
31.08.2009 - 02.09.2009 12 °C
We arrived in Bogota and it was quickly apparent that this was a very different city then good old Medellin.
Nevertheless we were fortunate to have booked into a great hostel called Destino Nomad. Not the biggest, or the most amenities but a really nice staff, amazing kitchen and comfy beds! The guests and staff welcomed us and wanted to know much of where we had been along our journey. The well stocked kitchen creates an extravagant cooking and social environment which is rare in a hostel. Backpackers have roast in the oven, Indian soups on the stove, and marinated meets in the sizable fridge.
We hit the streets of Bogota with camera in hand, clicking away memorable buildings, statues and street scenes. Not sure why some of these did not download properly to the blog.
High over Bogota we viewed the city after riding the funicular train. Atop is also a deeply religious scene, set on a pathway, with statue after statue depicting the death of Christ, accompanied by pious chamber music blaring from outdoor speakers, culminating at a big church.
Bogota is chilly due to it's altitude of 2,640 meters high and the third highest city in South America. For some, the altitude of this city leaves them breathless with headaches. It's also a massive with an estimated population of 8 million people. Our hostel is in the Candalaria district which is a mash of old and new bohemian buildings peppered with Universities, colegios, bibliotecas and other educational facilities.
Unfortunately we can't stay long as our friend Felicity is meeting us in Solento, in the coffee region and we have a long bus ride ahead. Bus stations in Colombia are big, well organized, and clean. This is not a place for riff raff whatsoever only the orderly movement of people in and out. Companies compete for your business yet very little bargaining is accepted, and sometimes you take your chances with the next bus leaving. Will it be over crowded, will the bathroom work, air con or not, on time or not? Who knows some days.
I gamble on a bus and loose. The journey is supposed to take 7hrs but we don't arrive until 9 hours later. He has minor mechanical difficulties along the way which makes me really nervous as we spend at least 3 hours in very mountainous terrain. Our stomachs roll with the up and down during tight curves. Finally we arrive in Manizales, find our hostel for the night and we must still ride another couple of buses in the morning. The views of Bogota will be posted also as video on you tube in the next couple of days.