Category Archives: Colombia

Missing Bogota

I look back on my time in Colombia with a lump in my throat because I miss everyone so much!  I had the most amazing time and made the most amazing friends ever.  From the first moment when Ben and Maria picked me up at the airport to the final day when Freddy took me to the airport to fly to Panama, every day was exciting, interesting and wondrous and everyone I met was kind and generous.

Here are some pics of my last few days in Bogota. A BBQ with Lena’s extended family and friends, and I say goodbye to the music department at the Anglo Colombiano………

As I left, I wondered if things would ever be the same, or if I my future trips would ever live up to or compare with the experiences I had in Colombia………

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(it might be blocked in Colombia due to my choice of music)

 

 

 

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Carolina’s finca

IMG_6964When Carolina invited me to her finca I did not know she had lots of horses and absolutely no inkling that we would be riding!  When Carolina’s father asked me if I could ride, I hesitated in answering.  Could I ride?  Well I used to be able to ride but that was over 30 years ago (good grief – was it really that long ago?).   Continue reading

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A wonderful weekend in Peñalisa

IMG_8135I was kindly invited by the Nixon family to go to their holiday home for the weekend in Puerto Peñalisa.  Puerto Peñalisa is about 120 km from Bogota but traffic makes the journey somewhat longer.  It is a beautiful complex of many houses in lush tropical gardens and includes several communal facilities. Continue reading

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Botero: inspiration & nightmares…..

As much as I like and admire Botero’s work, going to the Botero Museum in Bogota was a little disconcerting for me, and walking through the gallery gave me a feeling of discomfort. It was the closest thing to revisiting my recurring childhood nightmares that I had experienced.  Seriously!  It was a little creepy. Continue reading

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Medellin: the city of eternal spring.

Medellin is an incredible city!  After staying at the finca, Marta invited me back to her home in Medellin.  She lives on the 16th floor in a beautiful apartment with views in every direction. Continue reading

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Llano Grande: a weekend in paradise

I consider myself so incredibly fortunate to have enjoyed a memorable couple of days in paradise with Marta and Camilla on their beautiful finca in Llano Grande, a region of Rionegro. Llano Grande has been a traditional holiday destination for Medellin’s upper middle class for over 50 years.  It has many fincas- small hobby farms that families visit for the weekends. Continue reading

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Gold Museum, Bogota

  • The Gold Museum in Bogota has the biggest collection of pre-Hispanic gold pieces in the world. It has over 55 000 pieces of incredible intricacy. The museum is divided into sections that represent the different cultures and their techniques that existed before the arrival of the Spaniards.   Continue reading

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