Bogotá, October 11th, 2012
The last On-Delay birthday of the year was mine.
It’s fun to think back on our birthday celebrations this year:
- June for Tony’s birthday — We were at sea on his birthday but celebrated a few days late at Bonito, a very beautiful restaurant in St. Barts.
- August for Gayle’s birthday — Pete was away [sniff] but Gayle, Tony, and I celebrated at one of Trinidad’s fanciest restaurants, Chaud Creole.
- September for Pete’s birthday — Pete and Gayle celebrated in Aruba.
And now, my birthday in Bogotá.
We postponed the celebratory dinner by a day; I was feeling the altitude when we arrived in Bogotá on the 10th. Tony did extensive web-searching and chose an excellent place for dinner on the 11th: La Leo Cocina y Cava Mestiza.
Gayle and I spent the afternoon shoe shopping so that we could dress appropriately. (Bogotá is a city of boots and closed-toe shoes — the sandals that we have worn everywhere else, just wouldn’t do.) It was very fun to go to a world class restaurant in a glamorous hotel in a big city.Bogotá is very different from everywhere else we’ve visited on our On Delay adventure. It’s a big city: ~8 million people. It feels rather like London or Buenos Aires in that it is the capital city and the biggest, richest, most important city in the country. Although the city lies just 4.5 degrees north of the equator, the city lies at ~8,500 feet above sea level and so is always cool.
We are staying here for a week — making ourselves at home in a pair of chic furnished apartments in a really good area of the city (Parque 93 / Chico).