Tag: Bogotá

Photo of the Week – Learning English in Bogotá

March 2017 By Michael A local Bogotá newspaper caught my eye. The publication written in Spanish had above the fold the big letters of the title written in English. Now I wonder how many of my fellow urban dwellers in this city of over eight million people understood what it said. Well, if all goes […]

Our House Hunting Experience in Bogotá, Colombia

By Michael February 2017 My wife decided it was again time to look at homes in Bogotá. Such is not always an easy task. There aren’t that many of them. The city has the 9th worst population density in the world. When comparing the quantity of apartments to houses the latter is a definite minority. […]

Bogotá Recyclers are More of a Solution Than a Problem

October 2016 Soiled hands grasp the ends of wooden 2X4’s rounded off for the purpose. A man wearing an old coat and stained wrinkled blue jeans leans forward. At the same time feet search for traction on the asphalt road. Slowly the car tires of a cart laden with cardboard, plastic and wood  begins to […]

Chicalá Brightens the Landscape Around Bogotá

With bunches of bright yellow bell type flowers the chicalá trees are easily spotted around Bogotá. Visitors find them in town squares, lining the medians of streets, surrounding parking lots and bringing color to the surrounding hills. Considered a shrub the trees can grow to about 7 meters (20 feet) or more. Known by other […]

Visitor’s Guide to Getting Around Bogotá, Colombia

Michael: Colombia’s capital is unlike any other city in the world which my wife and I visited. There are many transportation options but not a single one blatantly sticks out as the best for everyone. Each has pros and cons. And many residents state that government officials are really not thinking of what best serves […]

El Pórtico Restaurant Near Bogotá is a Must for Visitors

July 2016 Michael: El Pórtico has it all, ambiance, great Colombian style food, a playground for the kids, a coffee shop and a church. All these features contributes to a dual personality. Depending upon the time of day it can be a restaurant for the family or a romantic dinner. But this Bogotá area establishment […]

The Life of a Colombian Curuba is from Flower to Healthy Drink

Curuba flower and stamen

Colombia is home to the largest variety of curuba. Also know as the banana passion fruit it is loaded with antioxidants especially proanthocyanidins and catechin. It contains vitamin A and vitamin C as well as high amounts of phosphorous, niacin, calcium and iron. When the Spanish conquistadors arrived in the Bogotá area they found the […]

Photo of the week – Chinche bug

Graciela: This bug caught my eye while outside the house. It looks like someone painted it. Michael: Neither my wife nor I knew what kind it is. I put a photo on Facebook asking for help in identification. A relative sent me an Email with a link. It is called a Chinche del Colores. They […]

Moving to Colombia

By Jenna Oppenheimer April 2016 I became fascinated, and to be honest, borderline obsessed with moving to South America about midway through my university studies. After switching my major from communications to international business and traveling abroad as an exchange student in Europe, I still couldn’t shake the feeling that I was destined to relocate […]

Trattoria de La Plaza – Un restaurante donde los bogotanos tienen una experiencia culinaria

Colombia restaurant Expat Bogotá

Marzo 2016 Michael: “ Lo que màs me gusta es que està ubicado en un barrio donde nadie espera encontrar un restaurante como èste”. Este fue el comentario que recibì de la persona que nos invitò a conocer el lugar. Tambièn le preguntè còmo lo conociò? Y dijo: “ me encanta encontrar lugares que no […]

Colombian Papa Rellena – A meal in your hand & a recipe worth trying

March 2016 Michael: Calle 53 just East of the Avenida Caracas is a part of Bogotá I always enjoy wandering, looking and tasting. This is the area where Bogotanos go for art and craft supplies as well as lessons. My wife and her sister shop the many craft stores which line both sides of the […]

Trattoria de La Plaza – Where Bogotanos Experience Italian Cuisine

Colombia restaurant Expat Bogotá

**Michael: “What I love is it is in a neighborhood no one would expect to find it,” said the person who invited us. I then asked Georgio how he found the place. “I like to look for these places that have a speakeasy feel to them.” The restaurant seems out of place in an area dominated […]

Our Furniture Purchasing Experience in Bogotá, Colombia

February 2016 Michael: When a husband hears, “We need new living room and dining room furniture,” there exists limited options. But once the words have exited the wife’s mouth your best response is “Si mi amor”(Yes, my love) and try for the best deal you can get. Graciela: Sometimes I believe men really do not […]

Chez Moi Coffee Shop in Chia Displays the Owner’s Culinary Talents

January 2016 There is bread, then there is pan artesanal  (artisan bread). Among those in the art group there are a few at the top of the game. Now one of them opened a coffee shop in Chia, Colombia. Daily errands took us down the street known as Avenida Chilacos in the small town outside […]

Centro Comercial Fontanar – Espectacular o no?

Enero 2016 Graciela: “Espectacular” dijo la señora luego de que le preguntàramos su opiniòn acerca de este centro comercial. Durante los fines de semana y la època de navidad siempre estuvo lleno de visitantes. Michael: Mi esposa y yo estuvimos allì el dia de la inauguraciòn en octubre, 2015 cuando hicimos nuestro primer reporte. Varios […]

Centro Comercial Fontanar in Chia Revisited – Spectacular or not?

January 2016 Graciela: “Spectacular,” the woman said. The answer came to our question of her thoughts about the new Centro Comercial Fontanar in Chia, Colombia. On weekends, especially during the Christmas season, the place attracts large crowds. Michael: My wife and I showed up on opening day of the mall in October 2015. We based […]

WASSA – UN COFFEE SHOP CON “ASTUCIA” PARA LOS PANES Y LA SALUD

Deciembre 2015 Michael: Entrando por la puerta principal uno ve hacia el fondo un arco en donde funciona la cocina. Arriba se lee un aviso que dice: “Todos los dias se hornean tus deseos” y en la otra pared “El arte de hacer pan”. Afortunadamente èste es un lugar en donde se cumple lo que […]

Probocatto – Upscale Coffee Shop Without the Upscale Prices

November 2015 Graciela: Probocatto is one of the most enjoyable coffee shops we go to. It is clean. Service is fast. And it is quiet. And yes, they have Wi-Fi. Michael: Everything focuses on elegance with customer enjoyment in mind. The decoration invites one in. Glass windows and a glass door draws one’s eye to […]

Photo of the Week – Black Friday Comes to Colombia, South America

November 2015 Graciela: The above is a composite of photos of the Black Friday sale signs at a local mall. Big deal you say. However if you look closer you will notice that only the words, “Black Friday” are in English. Everything else is in Spanish. These photos were taken at a mall in Colombia, South […]

Coffee Shops of Centro Chia – Breads to Eclairs & Cheesecakes

October 2015 You find yourself in one of those situations where you know that you want a coffee, but that tasty treat to accompany it sits as an unknown on your taste buds. Our solution is usually to go to the Centro Chia mall. They have eight coffee shops each offering something different. There is […]