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A Military Parade

A young soldier looked rather sheepish as he searched my bag before I entered the barricaded area beside the Capitolio Nacional and Palacio de Nariño along Carrera 7 in Bogotá. Maybe it was because I was the only tourist in… Continue Reading →

Pre-Colombian Statues

Close to the Cementerio Central in Bogota, it is district known as Localidad de Los Mártires. It was here during the Spanish Reconquista that revolutionaries like Policarpa Salvarrieta, Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Mercedes Abrego, Camilo Torres Tenorio, and Francisco José de… Continue Reading →

Museo de Arte del Banco de la República

There are a number of art galleries in Bogotá… and most of them are free. This particular gallery is one of the ones owned by the Banco de la República (Bank of the Republic); part of their mission is to… Continue Reading →

Heroes and Martyrs

Generally, I don’t like to visit military type museums… the glorification of war and violence isn’t something I find particularly interesting. Though I will say that war defines nations, peoples, and brings about progress and innovation at a fast pace…. Continue Reading →

Colombian Coffee

Colombia is known to have some of the best coffee in the world and for farmers and sellers this is good news; coffee is an extremely stable plant and will always sell. Coffee farms dot the countryside and are so… Continue Reading →

La Catedral Primada

Over the decades, Plaza de Bolívar has seen more than its share of blood, tears, and political violence. And, it’s in this square that you’ll find Bogotá’s historic seat of the Archbishop of Bogotá: La Catedral Primada. Most days, on… Continue Reading →

Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria

La Candelaria contains the majority of the historic churches in Bogotá, of which Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria (also known as Iglesia y Convento de La Candelaria) is one. But the history of this particular church doesn’t start in Bogotá;… Continue Reading →

La Candelaria

The city of Bogotá has an incredibly rich and detailed history… starting long before the arrival of Europeans. It’s actually rather difficult to sift through the details written in Spanish to determine what to concentrate on. So, I’ve decided to… Continue Reading →

Botero

“Man needs music, literature, and painting – all those oases of perfection that make up art – to compensate for the rudeness and materialism of life.” – Fernando Botero Born in 1932 in Medellín, Colombia, Botero is one of the… Continue Reading →

Colombian Food

It’s no surprise that when you live abroad, you are healthier because you eat better food. I could talk about this topic for hours because we try and eat this way in Canada. I say *try* because Canadian’s have come… Continue Reading →

Iglesia de San Agustin

In 1637, the Brotherhood of the True Cross were having ceremonies on Monserrate (before they built the Monserrat sanctuary); in the United States, Pilgrims were busy colonizing Massachusetts and in Salem the Old Burying Point Cemetery was founded. In England,… Continue Reading →

Monserrate

Just about every city with a mountain has a hike of devotion that pilgrims do to show their faithfulness; Monserrate is Bogotá’s version of this. Most of the time the mountain silently casts its shadow over downtown Bogotá. For those… Continue Reading →

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