And so the countdown begins! Its our last day in Colombia today, and we’re all enjoying our last hours in Bogota, the capital and largest city of Colombia. We met up with a local friend Julian on our second night here and watched the World Cup qualifier game between Colombia and Ecuador. We went to an ‘Australian Pub’ near our hostel, which ended up having no australian beers at all! (Apparently Colombia is too small a market to import Aussie beer). Anyway Colombia ended up winning the soccer match, and celebrations spilled out into the streets. We had flour thrown on us several times as we walked around the area (see the photo of Carol below!), and watched crowds jump on cars and buses as they stopped at traffic lights. Thankfully the celebrations were relatively harmless, and it was actually an interesting experience to be apart of! Afterwards we went to a local bar for drinks and dancing.
On Sundays the main street in the city is closed to vehicles until 2pm to allow cyclists and pedestrians to make the most of the space. We hired bikes and rode from this main street to Bolivar Park and back last Sunday. Unfortunately we didn´t time it very well and ended up cycling the last part with cars, buses and taxis wizzing part. Thankfully we all made it back unscathed (except for Carol who managed to get a bruised leg when part of her bike fell off on the main highway!).
Last night our friend Julian and his family prepared us a spread of traditional Colombian snack foods, as well as a popular Colombian drink known as Refajo Colombiano. I´m still full! We finished today with a free walking tour of Bogota´s main centre, and are about to sit down to watch the next soccer match between Colombia and Uruguay. Hopefully with less flour throwing this time!
Its been an amazing trip, but I´m also looking forward to coming back home to Australia. Hasta luego South America!