After a day of gorging ourselves with all the food, we decided it was time to get to work on the whole touristing thing. We cooked breakfast at the Airbnb in an attempt to not have all our money go down the drain immediately. From there, we headed off to the Museo de Oro (the Gold Museum).
I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge museum fan, so my reviews won’t be as intellectual as most I would assume. So taking that into consideration, the Museo de Oro was… well, a lot of gold. The history was interesting, but I would probably say that it could be covered in about a third of the space that it currently does. The history about some of the spiritual traditions and beliefs of the earlier colonies was pretty cool though!
After a quick spin through the museum, we decided to go post up at a local cafe and work for a while. Portugal and Spain were playing in the World Cup (Viva Espana!), so we ordered two micheladas ($1.75), which are my vice this trip. It’s basically a beer mixed with lime juice, and assorted sauces, spices, and peppers. It’s served in a chilled, salt-rimmed glass. Yum!
At 2:00 we had a graffiti tour of La Candelaria booked, so we headed out to meet the group. Bogota is known for it’s amazing graffiti, and La Candelaria in particular has some amazing pieces. The history, challenges between the local artists and the government, and how things have changed even in the last few years, were all so interesting. The intricacies of the graffiti community were also surprisingly. Fun fact: throw up is what those big bubble letters are called! While the tour was beautiful, our guide seemed to have a massive chip on her shoulder, making things a bit less enjoyable. Pero, que puede hacer, verdad?
During the tour, we met an awesome Belgian couple who were also heading to the Museo Botero next. We wandered over to the museum and looked around. For me, I recognized Botero’s work from the popular ‘y tho’ meme. Sad, but true. The rest of Botero’s work was equally entertaining, one piece in particular standing out because I saw the super-size version when I was in Singapore a couple years ago.
Museo Botero is a quick stop, and free (woo!), so afterwards we decided to head back towards our side of town. We grabbed some beers (yasss micheladas!) at Bogota Beer Company. They have lots of locations around the city, but each location has a fun local vibe. We were getting hungry, and decided to grab a bite to eat with our new friends. It still gets a little cold at night, so we opted for something close by.
There was a Colombian restaurant across the street called Chibchombia. The vibe inside was cozy, but the local musicians were a bit loud, making it somewhat difficult to have conversations without shouting. We ordered an arepa ($1.50), a popular local food, which I can best describe as a savory pancake that at times they shove things in. For my entree, I went for the most Colombian sounding thing I could: Bandeja paisa ($9).
Let me tell you, this thing, is a monstrosity. It includes white rice, red beans, ground beef, plantain, chorizo, morcilla, chicharron, arepa, avocado and a fried egg all in one skillet. If you’re looking for all ze meat, this is your dish. I think between Alex snacking on it and my portion, we finished about 60% of the food.
After the delicious dinner, we had a nightcap and then headed off to bed early. We had an early morning of adventuring to prepare for the next day!