Colombia

1 country. 3 cities. 6 flights. 7 days. 29 bug bites below my knees. Lots of memories.

The Colombia trip was planned by the Brighter Children team in order to visit one of the partner schools they help sponsor – Colombia Childcare. Brighter Children’s vision is to help break the cycle of poverty by providing students access to quality education. I recently started volunteering to help with some of their design needs and William has been working with them since they started in 2013.

William and I went a day early to explore Bogota on our own before we met up with the rest of the group in Santa Marta. We all stayed there until Friday and then all 10 of us drove to Cartagena for the remainder of our trip. Most of the Brighter Children team left Sunday morning, but Ben, William, and I decided to stay until Tuesday to have more time to explore the city.

TUESDAY

Bogotá

Colombia’s sprawling, high-altitude capital

William and I arrived Tuesday morning after taking an empty red eye. I had a whole row to myself and thought it’d be the perfect time to actually sleep on a plane. Was I able to sleep? Course not.

Bogotá lies in a valley surrounded by mountains – it’s a huge city but many parts of it seem like they’re still in development stages. It’s also really high in altitude – I found myself having a hard time breathing many times which I didn’t know why until William explained. Now I know to research that ahead of time.

La Candelaria

A historic cobblestone neighborhood in downtown Bogotá

After landing, we took a cab to our Airbnb home. I can’t speak Spanish very well, but William surprised me with how much he knew and was extremely helpful during the trip. We picked La Candelaria neighborhood to stay in because we loved the old architecture in that area and wanted to see more of it and have easy access to exploring the streets. Our Airbnb for the night was an absolutely adorable old colonial home that was very simple, but a fun experience.

Check out that bathroom door! It was so small that we both had to duck to enter. It felt like it belonged in Middle Earth for hobbits or dwarves. I haven’t a clue why it was built so small in comparison with everything else.
We had a blast exploring the neighborhood. I loved the old architecture, colorful buildings and especially the wonderful street art. It’s so fascinating to see the different styles of street art wherever we travel.

We ended up at Dos Gatos y Simone for lunch. Our food was delicious – pork and beef. For a drink I ordered something called Límon, thinking that it would be like Sprite. It is lime/lemon juice blended with sugar and mint leaves. Amazing.

Hope Reynolds

I’m a tea obsessor, book addict, Sci-Fi junky, archer, traveler and wife to William, a guy who is incomprehensibly loving and patient. We live in our favorite city, San Francisco, where we want to stay forever. And, as you’ve already gathered, I’m also super into experimenting with healthy food and natural skincare.

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