For those of you who don’t know, I moved to Colombia a week ago. I’ll be here for at least 3 months and I plan on documenting more of my travels and day-to-day life than I have in the past. That’s because one of my goals in the coming years is to help other people set up either remote work arrangements (which is what I currently have) or remote businesses (which is what I’m working towards having). I’m hoping that by putting myself out there a bit more, and making it known that I’d like to help other people set up location-independent lifestyles, I can start developing relationships with friends and family who’d love to bounce from country to country, city to city but don’t know how to get started. With all that being said, here are some thoughts on my first week in Bogotá.
– If I’m being honest, I had a tiny bit of culture shock during my first 24 hours here. After spending close to a year living in Barcelona, one of the world’s most beautiful cities, I realized pretty quickly that Bogotá ain’t Barcelona. It definitely has its own beauty which I’m seeing more and more of everyday, but it’s not as immediately apparent as it is in cities like Barcelona, Paris, or Venice. Case in point, Plaza de Bolivar, shown below, which was cool but not jaw-dropping.
– Being Mexican-Cuban-American, one thing I always look for in a new city is good Mexican and Cuban food for when I get homesick. I’m happy to report that I’ve seen quite a few Mexican restaurants here and a couple Cuban so in a week or two when I’m craving some tacos or ropa vieja, I should be good to go 🙂
– Arte Para La Vida (Art For Life) Around Bogotá you see lots of street art. Some looks more like graffiti (like the next picture) while others are awesome murals like this one. There’s a street-art walking tour which I should probably go on to learn more about it but for now all I can say is there’s a lot of it haha
– Una Ciudad Sin Cine Es Como Una Casa Sin Ventanas (A City Without Theatre Is Like A House Without Windows) I’m no theatre buff, but I always find it intriguing when I see a cool quote like this spray-painted on a building. I’d personally revise the quote to say, “A life without travel is like a house without windows”.
– These are a few pics from the botanical gardens. As you’d expect, it’s a very relaxing place that I might go back to every now and then when I get tired of the city life. I’ve found Bogotá to be like LA in that most places you go to require at least a 20 minute car ride. Lots of hustle and bustle. So having a place to go to when I wanna get away from all the honking and traffic will be nice.
– This is a park in the northern part of the Chapinero neighborhood. I wish I would have taken more pictures of this area because it’s one of the few places I’ve been to so far that has felt like it could be in LA or Miami. Modernbuildings, high-end restaurants, cool bars, etc. I learned that each neighborhood in Bogotá has a number, 1-7, called a stratus, that basically defines how economically developed it is. This area was a 5. I’ve yet to see a 6 or 7 so I’m pretty curious how luxurious those areas will be.
Not sure how many people besides my mom will still be reading at this point (Hi mom! Love you!), but if you did make it this far, let me know if you found this interesting and if not, then what you would prefer hearing about (ex. nightlife, food, the start-up/co-working scene, more videos, etc.) Also, if you have any questions, leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer.