Bogotá como en casa – At home in Bogotá

Bogotá como en casa – At home in Bogotá
15 al 17 de Mayo, 2011
Tabio a Guatavita: 1.5 hs
Guatavita a Bogotá: 1.5 hs

En la laguna de Guatavita conocimos a Roberto, Natalia y Martina. Roberto había encontrado nuestro blog y estuvimos en contacto por un tiempo hasta finalmente conocernos cerca de Bogotá. Si ya habíamos dicho que los colombianos son muy amables y amigables, haber conocido esta familia superó ampliamente lo que uno espera. Desde un primer momento pareció como si nos conociéramos de toda la vida. M y T enseguida se pusieron a jugar con Martina y nosotros a charlar con Roberto y Natalia. Llovía tanto que al final no pudimos navegar, pero nos invitaron a almorzar en la finca de unos amigos cerca de la laguna. Hacia allá fuimos todos, donde nos esperaban Ernest y Julián, cocinando una cazuela de pescados y mariscos exquisita. La casa era hermosa con una vista de la laguna increíble. Así pasamos la tarde entre amigos, tomando un buen vino, mirando fotos del viaje, y charlando sobre un poco de todo. Los chicos estuvieron jugando y terminaron todos juntos mirando tele en la cama. A la tardecita ya partimos hacia Bogotá, donde nos invitaron a quedarnos en su casa que nos hicieron sentir como si fuera nuestra. En el camino paramos a sacar unas fotos de la ciudad al atardecer. Los chicos estaban fascinados con su nueva amiga y nosotros también! Al día siguiente fuimos a visitar un museo de ciencia para chicos- Maloca- que estuvo bien. De ahí nos fuimos hacia el centro, al barrio La Candelaria, un barrio colonial y bohemio muy pintoresco, y al museo de Botero. Nos divertimos mirando gorditos y tomando jugos y nos volvimos a la casa. Ahí nos esperaban para ir a cenar un rico sushi y después nos quedamos contando historias y tomando un buen ron. El martes fuimos a visitar otro barrio, Monserrate donde nos subimos a un telésferico desde donde se observaba toda la ciudad. De ahí bajamos hacia el centro y visitamos el Museo del Oro (muy bueno). A la tarde volvimos a la casa, y mientras M dormía la siesta, T y Martina se fueron a tomar un helado. Nuevamente cenamos todos juntos en Andrés carne de res-un restaurant muy simpático que también nos había recomendado Juan. Nos quedamos charlando un rato mientras los chicos dormían, contándonos más historias y disfrutando del ron. A la mañana siguiente, aprovechamos a sacarnos las últimas fotos todos, y bastante tristes nos despedimos hasta la próxima. Una vez más, aprovechamos este blog para agradecerles por abrimos sus puertas casi sin conocernos y por los buenos momentos que nos hicieron pasar. Esperamos que puedan visitarnos pronto!

This post is not really about Bogotá, it’s about our home in Bogotá. We had been in touch for some time with Roberto who had read our blog and suggested that we meet when we arrived in Bogotá. If someone contacts you through the internet and asks that you meet in a foreign country you should probably say no (just like sending your money to Nigeria), but we were in Bogotá and already figured out colombians are nice people. It was Sunday and Roberto told us to meet him and his family at a boat club on the Tominé lake, about an hour away from Juan’s Finca. It turns out they are avid sailors and go there every weekend. At the lake we met Roberto, his wife Natalia and their 4 year-old daughter Martina. The day had started out sunny but the clouds were now black and it was pouring by the time we took shelter inside their sailboat. After a few minutes it was clear that there was no sailing that day but we ended up going to a friend’s Finca (thanks Ernest!) with breathtaking views of the lake. Ernest cooked a delicious meal and we spent the afternoon chatting while the kids played.

Roberto had suggested that we stayed at their house in Bogotá and we accepted his kind invitation. What happened over the next few days was just fantastic. They opened their doors and hearts and we got to know RoMaNa really well. After the first day, T would wake up and have breakfast with Roberto rather than coming to see us. M would also pay attention to Roberto rather than us. They also played with Martina really well and Natalia was constantly making sure we were like at home. After the kids went to bed we talked for hours and heard great stories of how they met and about their travels. We really could not have asked for more generous (in every sense) people. By the time we left Bogotá we felt like we were saying goodbye to lifetime friends. We miss you but also know we will meet again soon. THANKS!
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2 responses to “Bogotá como en casa – At home in Bogotá

  1. Pingback: Llegamos!!! – That’s all folks… | M.E.L.T. America

  2. Hi!

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