While searching for a new destination to travel to,I mentally listed our continents of mother earth. After accepting that I wasn’t too sure if I knew them by heart I bought a regular globe and started counting. So far so good. Where have I been, what do I want to see. To make my decision just a little easier I just turned and turned the globe and with my finger randomly picked a destination:
And now the real Story. I have two girlfriends that I haven’t seen in a year because we’ve been too busy. We had been to Seattle last year and decided that we wanted to travel a different place this year, we spontaneously decided to make Bogotá the place to be. End of story.
As we all have a real life apart from traveling and strolling around, being busy with our jobs and uni we decided to make it a Weekend getaway. A real girls-trip.
After endless discussions on Whatsapp, considering the weather, restaurants, the colors of our Bikinis and of course how bad Brazilian waxing hurts we were ready to go. Tickets booked, off to the airport and welcome to Columbia. Finally.
After an incredibly long, 12 h flight (my poor skin) we arrived. We grabbed a taxi to our Hotel and by the time we had reached our rooms it was around 4 am. But before I tell you all the incredible stories of what happened to us and how many beautiful white pillows I had on my beautiful bed here are my top 5 secret tips for your journey to paradise:
If you are vegetarian or vegan you should skip this paragraph and move on to number to. I’m only doing this for you guys, so trust me.
Go and eat Steak. As many as you can. Especially if you struggle with the height of 3700m above sea level. But I don’t speak as your doc here but as a true Steak-lover. It depends on where you’re staying how good the meat will be but if you’re staying around where I lived visit the „Tienda de Café“ (Callle 119 No. 6-16) in Usaquén. I will never have any other meat. For at least a week.
But seriously, let me tell you: it was INCREDIBLE. I think you have around 15 different types of Steaks to chose from. But me, as a typical “my-dad-prepares-the-steaks-during-summer- girl“ I just picked whatever sounded good to me. And as a non-spanish speaker they all did. It was delicioso! A little Heres my advice: If you usually have your steak medium rare or even underdone, remember that you are in a different country or even on a different continent (yeah, ha. Ha., I practiced, okay?!) So you better have it well done because people in South America tend to leave it a bit… bloody.
South America vs Wherever you live
Well done Medium rare- but still perfectly fine
Medium rare You’ll see more blood than on Greys Anatomy
underdone You get a free lasso on top so the cow won’t escape
„Please neither Blood, nor rare! “ You’ll probably chew around 9 minutes on each and every piece because you offended the cook
El Mercado. The markets, they are not big and not very popular either because for some reason people (and by people I mean tourists) believe they are dangerous. I don’t think so, so give them a chance and grab a cab. You shouldn’t wear your most shiny jewelry and diamonds around your neck, because people are poor and wherever you go, you’ll always come across some criminal guy. But if your hotel can recommend a Market, go there. I mean it. If not, you’ll regret it. For sure. Depending on where you go, you’ll find everything and anything. Starting with real golden jewelry and beautiful stones over to decorations that are handmade and absolutely unique. Things you won’t find anywhere else (except on tumblr, you can find everything on tumblr). And the prices on these markets are really fair. Don’t worry to become a victim of betrayal, the people are absolutely warm-hearted (fbf to Bangkok where sellers started to run after me, screaming and shouting why I didn’t buy a watch that said Mikal Kurz instead of Michael Kors on it) and you’ll move in a great price range, just don’t be shy!
My advice: You can try and bargain. But only a little. Don’t be cheeky.
Nature. I know the jetlag is bad. Really bad but if you’re only there for a couple of days, like I was, get out of your hotel ( I almost wrote comfort zone, too much instagram for me today) There are huge Parks and the woods and waterfalls and animals and everything you’d ever wish for, I can’t even describe! If you have always admired pictures of New Zealand, but can only reach Columbia. Get a ticket. Travel there. And enjoy!
My advice: Mosquito repellent. I heard those guys live there. And they have families.
For all the adrenalin junkies among you: Go out rafting.
Wikipedia says: „Rafting and white water rafting are recreational outdoor activities which use an inflatable raft to navigate a river or other body of water. This is often done on whitewater or different degrees of rough water, and generally represents a new and challenging environment for participants. Dealing with risk and the need for teamwork is often a part of the experience. “
In other words: Ist fun, and dangerous, and fun and you’ll get a great tan and even greater sore muscles. But give it a shot. And send me pictures afterwards.
My Advice: Make sure that you have the ability to swim. Just in case.
Shopping. No matter what you hear, don’t visit the regular shops, like Zara, H&M, Forever 21 or Bershka, because they tend to be a lot more expensive in Bogotá. I’m only telling you this because some people (me) tend to make mistakes while converting currencies without a calculator. Instead don’t stuff your bags to the maximum and go food shopping! Especially fruits! You’ll get Papayas as bi gas Nicky Minajs butt for $0,5 and Mangos and Passion fruit and everything you love! Given, that you don’t have Snickers and Mars for breakfast, lunch and dinner at home.
My Advice: Meat doesn’t count as fruit. That’s illegal. Don’t even try.
So, in case you want to get away from all the stress and early mornings in your home, just get away to South-America. It’s probably completely different from what you already know, but it’s worth a shot and incredibly beautiful. Viva Columbia (I feel like a native speaker when I scream this under the shower.)