Tag: tourism

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 […]

Readers’ Top Ten Favorite Blogs of 2015

January 2016 Last year was great for us thanks to you, the readers. In the first six months our visitors and reads exceeded all of those in the previous 18 months. For the second year in a row our site was voted as one of the top five for blogs about Latin America. Michael was […]

Arte Luna in Centro Chia – Colombian Crafts and Knowledgable Helpful Staff

November 2015 Michael: Time closed in on us before our last trip to the USA. Now add to it that my wife is Colombian. By that I mean that part of her culture is to bring gifts for everyone whenever you travel. Bottom line, that means a gift for just about every relative and friend […]

Café Kerub – Best Way to Build a Coffee Shop is From the Ground up

August 2015 Michael: Great coffee, friendly service, tasty accompaniments, enjoyable atmosphere. It does not come by accident, but with thought and planning. In the outskirts of Cajicá on a street between the Autopista and Antigua via Chia, my wife and I watched a building go up over the course of several months. Located very near the Colegio […]

El Inglés Gastro Pub- English Restaurant in Bogotá has humour

July 2015 Michael: A sign on the wall exposes the English type chuckles the moment you walk in the door. There were seven of us filing in with my wife in front. I anchored the line snaking single file between he tables and chairs of the narrow rooms. Up front I heard my wife say, “Good, […]

Your Checklist Before Arriving in Colombia

July 2015 Michael: My wife and I want to entice people to visit this interesting and exciting South American Country, plus get maximum enjoyment from your visit. Graciela: We know that a small problem can sometimes hurt an otherwise excellent trip. Therefore Michael and I came up with this list of things you should probably think […]

Colombia is a Country for Travelers

June 2015 Graciela: We were a group of all Colombians and my gringo husband discussing travel to other countries. I mentioned my experiences going to Italy, France, Spain, England, The United States and Mexico. That was during my early 20’s. My protective parents felt better when I took a group tour, which I did in […]

What to pack and wear to enjoy Bogotá

January 2015 Michael:  There is a joke that goes: A man calls up his wife and says, “Honey start packing. I just won the lottery.” The wife responds, “Should I pack for warm weather or cold? The husband says, “I don’t care just don’t be there when I get home.” Though I am pretty sure […]

Medellín taxi driver who speaks fluent English

Graciela: Earlier we wrote about a taxi driver in Bogotá who speaks fluent English. But then we received a question from a reader for a different city. “I am flying into Medellín. Do you know of a taxi person there who speaks English?” Michael: The good news is that many taxi operators in Colombia’s second […]

Stroll with us through a place to buy Colombian arts and crafts – Carpe Diem in Usaquen

Michael: Colombia has some great artisians. you can find items that are not anywhere else in the world. One would be remiss to return home without something. Graciela: Of course the absolute best place to see and purchase these useful art pieces is at the Expoartesanias. We wrote about it before showing many photos.Unfortuately it […]

Photo of the week – Pigeon feeding in Usaquen

Michael: I watched this man stroll into the Usaquen park about lunch time. His plastic bag was closed but the pigeons seemed to know what was coming and immediately flew to him like an old friend. Graciela: This barrio of Bogotá is a part that my husband refers to as gringolandia. On some days I […]

Visit Bogota Before it Becomes Touristy

Originally published in the Fenton Patch newspaper in November 2011 ****** The soldier’s weapon waved up and down about a foot from me. I could not comprehend his words. He seemed distraught and at odds of what action to take. My first day in Colombia and I was thinking it could be my last day […]