Bogota, Colombia, South America
Melissa and I got up really early this morning, to make sure we could enjoy as much time as possible in San Gil. We got all of our stuff together and left it in the hostel at about 7:15am. We went around the corner to the central market and found a little place to have breakfast. I had scrambled eggs and a fresh strawberry juice, and Melissa had an arepa with orange juice. Both meals were pretty good, and it came to about $3 for both of them. I love Colombia!!
We walked down to one of the parks in town called Parque Gallineral. The main attraction here is these really tall trees that have spanish moss growing on them. They look really cool, especially with the incredibly blue sky behind them. San Gil’s major attraction is adventure sports, but we just didn’t have enough time for any of that, so we spent a couple hours just walking around the park and enjoying the beautiful morning.
We went back to the hostel around 10:45am and picked up our bags and checked out of the hostel. We got a taxi over to the bus terminal to catch our bus to Bogota at 11:30am. We got there in plenty of time, exchanged our voucher from the hostel for tickets, and found out that there was some sort of accident on the road and our bus was going to be 1.5 hours late. That’s annoying.
We sat around the bus terminal and kept a close eye on all the busses coming in just to make sure we didn’t miss ours. They are not the most efficient people here, so we were afraid that if it was only delayed by one hour, they wouldn’t make an announcement and our bus would just leave without us. Lucky for us that we kept an eye out, because it was only about an hour delayed, so we got to head out around 12:30pm.
It was a nice seven hour ride back to Bogota, and it was so much nicer traveling with Melissa than on my own. I’ve become so accustomed to traveling alone, that I forgot how nice it is to have someone with me. We thought it was going to take eight to nine hours to get back, so we were pretty happy when we arrived in Bogota around 7:30pm. We got in a taxi and we were back at Melissa’s house by 8pm. We ordered a pizza, ate it at the house, and then took a taxi over to the hotel for the next couple of nights, Celebrities Suites.
By the time we got here, we were a little too tired to appreciate it, but this is a really nice hotel. All the suites are themed after a different movie star or singer, and somehow we got stuck with the Richard Gere room. It was pretty cool the way they set it up though. There were posters of his movies around the apartment, some information about him, and just random pictures. We have our kitchen, dining room, living room (with a fireplace), bathroom and bedroom. It’s beautiful. Really nice, especially for $80 a night. It also includes breakfast that will be brought to the room in the morning, so I can’t wait to see what that’s like!