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Fonda la Chismosa

Google translate says that means "Fuck the Gossip"

semi-overcast 16 °C

Where does one begin? We have experienced two full (very full) days in Bogotá since we last blogged and all of us are brimming with excitement about what we have learned and experienced. Let's start with where Jess left off (Jess, Cindy and Renata will all be contributing to this entry).

June 18, 2017 - second full day

We had a 9:30 am start (and surprisingly we all felt pretty decent following the previous evening's activities) and off we headed to the Usaquén Market, a street market and fair taking place every Sunday in the Usaquén neighborhood of Bogotá. Numerous vendors come out and sell quality locally made handicrafts, as well as cheap trinkets and various food items. Jess sourced our guide, Diana, from 5Bogota and we all instantly fell in love with her. Excellent English, knowledgable, sweet and funny, all excellent traits in a guide. First stop was breakfast sourced from a local, hole-in-the-wall establishment where we sipped Colombian Hot Chocolate (hot chocolate with marvellous mozzarella cheese in it, don't knock it until you have tried it) as our guide quipped, "Chocolate without cheese is like love without kisses". We dined on Pastel de Huevo (pastry filled with egg and meat) and Mantecadas, are a type of spongy pastry similar to a muffin (butter, flour and sugar I think are the ingredients), but flatter and tasted very much like pound cake. Stuffed full we headed into the market where Diana showed us the local crafts (and we may or may not have sourced some new jewelry to return home with us). We wandered for a couple hours before heading towards home but not before trying local corn on the cob (done on an open flame grill) and Obleas con Arequipe, a very sweet waffle cone type pancake with caramel in the middle dessert.

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Most of the afternoon we kind of went our own ways. Jess went off to acquire random knowledge about the history of Gold, at the Gold Museum, Cindy & I toured the local gym down the road (gyms look and smell the same no matter what country you are in) and Ren took it easy catching up on some work at the condo.

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Shockingly (not really for anyone who knows us) by the time we all reconvened we were hungry and thirsty so off we went to another local BBC (Jess mentioned this in her post, and has an addendum to her contribution, BBC was sold to AmBev in 2015 (Brazilian and the biggest brewery in Latin America and the fifth in the world)) to source some fuel.

The evening progressed fairly typically for us, nachos and beer, bottle of wine, new location and another bottle, turns out the Colombian Soccer Finals were last night, Atlético Nacional vs Deportivo Cali Results here in Spanish, which made for exciting time at the pub before we headed to the Wok for dinner. Asian fusion with Colombian and it was delicious (and cheap). As we strolled home to our condo, we passed Fonda la Chismosa, an odd establishment with mannequins on the outside. Once we popped that into Google Translate and it came back with "Fuck the Gossip" we had to go in. After a full pat down from security we were led upstairs to the oddest little dance club? bar? gay club? we still don't know but it was highly entertaining people watching. FYI - hard alcohol is sold by the bottle here but you can take leftovers with you, convenient.

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I'd like to say we went home to bed but I think we went home and another cocktail (watermelon, vodka water) and some popcorn. Vacation time after all.

Until next time,

  1. bitchesinbogota

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