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Bogotá weather: ‘cloudy with sunny spells!’

July 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Everyone knows how much the British enjoy talking about the weather and since I moved to Bogotá these are some of the weather-related comments/questions I’ve had from people back in the UK, along with some answers! ‘What’s the weather like in Colombia?’ There is no single answer to this question. Firstly, Colombia’s topography and [more]

Bogotá vs. London – Things I miss about Bogotá

June 19, 2015 // 3 Comments

Bogotá has a bit of a marmite quality about it. People seem to love it or hate it. For a long while I certainly fell into the latter category, though in time I have acquired a taste for it. They say you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone… well my story has become a Tale of Two Cities. I’ve recently had to leave Bogotá and return to London [more]

Andes Ecotours: Exploring Beyond Bogotá

June 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Personally I’d say one of the best things about Bogotá is its beautiful surrounding regions. Life in the city can get pretty stressful so you really should take advantage of all those long weekends and go and explore outside of Bogotá. The main concern people have is being able to travel safely, with a bilingual guide, to places which are worth visiting, at [more]

Learn Spanish in Bogotá

June 1, 2015 // 11 Comments

Many people ask me what advice I would give to people thinking of moving to Bogotá; among other things, I always say – learn Spanish.. or at least learn enough to be able to get by. There aren’t many people in Colombia who speak good English – and certainly not in supermarkets, hospitals, cafés and other places where you will want to be able to [more]

Bogotá’s Got Talent: Erin* the street-performer

May 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

It was a bank holiday Monday and I was on the cross-trainer in the over-priced (yet conveniently close to my building) Bodytech gym in Chapinero, when I spotted street-performer Erin* performing at the traffic lights next to Carulla supermarket. I’ve seen her numerous times since I moved to Bogotá, and always watch in admiration. I approached her that day to tip [more]

Street Art in Bogotá and the Bogotá Graffiti Tour

May 14, 2015 // 2 Comments

Those of us who have lived in Bogotá for some time will agree that it is a bit of a grey city. Often cloudy, chilly in the evenings, extremely wet during the rainy season, it’s not the best weather you’ll find in Colombia! That said, Bogotá’s talented artists have done a wonderful job brightening up the city with stunning and thought-provoking [more]

Car Horns and Cacophony: A Tale from Gabo’s Colombia

April 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’m so pleased that a piece I wrote about one of my everyday experiences in Bogotá (namely sitting in traffic!) was accepted for inclusion in an anthology, which includes work by a number of writers with a connection to Colombia, in memory of the great Gabriel García Marquez, who passed away one year ago on 17th April 2014. My piece considers themes [more]

My favourite Bogotá bakery

April 15, 2015 // 3 Comments

When I first arrived in Bogotá, I have to say that I wasn’t particularly impressed by the bread and pastries I found on offer in the local bakery (at the time) and supermarkets. Not only that, I found it very difficult to find a PLAIN croissant.. i.e. one that wasn’t filled with ham or cheese or guava jelly or something else. Earlier this year, I came [more]

A little piece of home in Bogotá

March 10, 2015 // 2 Comments

Museo del Chicó courtyard In comparison to my home town, London, there aren’t many parks in Bogotá. This is probably why one of my favourite places in Bogotá is Chicó park, just beside Chicó Museum (or Museo del Chicó) located on carrera 7 with calle 93. The museum itself was actually the home of Mercedes Sierra de Pérez, daughter of an extremely wealthy [more]

How to eat ajiaco

February 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ajiaco is a Colombian dish which features on most menus here in Bogotá, but what is it exactly, and more to the point, HOW do you eat it?! Ajiaco is a type of soup containing potato, guascas (a type of herb), usually chicken, and with corn (like giant sweetcorn, but not sweet), rice and avocado served on the side. When it was first presented to me by my [more]
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