Monthly Archives: August 2012

Bike Touring Irish Bogotá

On first glance, Bogotá isn’t a particularly Irish city. Or on second, or third, or fourth glance, for that matter. But, during today’s bike tour with two young Irishwomen, we found Bogotá’s ‘Irish trail.’ First stop was the National University, … Continue reading

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A Global Explorer

Laetitia, who did a private graffiti bike tour today, works for the Red Cross, which has taken her to many far-flung places, including Pyongyang (North Korea)and Iraq, as you can see on her excellent blog. Previously, this intrepid Frenchwoman had … Continue reading

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We Meet the Escobar Crew in the Cemetery

During today’s bike ride in the Central Cemetery we met this crew filming an episode of the Caracol miniseries about cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. The episode involved the funeral of Luis Carlos Galan, a charismatic politician gunned down in South … Continue reading

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The Culture of Coffee

During out bike tours we often visit Cafe De La Fonda a small and friendly coffee factory, where we get a chance to see how quality arabica Colombian beans are roasted and bagged, and how they contrast with the inexpensive … Continue reading

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Meeting Locals

One thing many visitors notice is Colombians’ great friendliness – which is kind of contradictory considering the nation’s great history of violence. Unfortunately, however, many visitors stay in hostels, hotels and restaurants, where they mix mostly with other foreigners. But … Continue reading

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