COLOMBIA! Did anyone know its like this??

I just stepped outside the hotel to grab some food and I am still in shock… even more so every few minutes… this place is amazing.

First of all, has anyone ever been to Bogota Colombia before? If not, what do you envision when you hear Bogota Colombia? I sort of envisioned something like San Salvador in El Salvador… a hot, not too clean, not too great place…

I stand corrected! I don’t even know where to begin and I’ve only been here one hour. Well first, I booked my hotel via the web as always, and this place looked pretty nice… it was one of the cheaper places I could find in an area of town that I heard was nice (Zona Rosa). It costs more than I am wanting to spend ($80 per night… trying to keep it around $40-$60 per night), but wow… this is the nicest hotel I have been in for $80 per night… it looks and feels like the W, but with much more spacious rooms.

I then stepped outside and there is a restaurant right across the street called La Taqueria… I haven’t had a good taco in a while so thought I’d go there… it is nice looking but I wasn’t expecting anything but a fairly regular experience.. the waiters were more professional and attentive than at any 5 star restaurant I have been to! All the food was served on incredibly nice plates and silverware, with cool unique style of its own… and all of the food, down to the homemade corn nachos and amazing fresh salsa that they bring before the meal was completely gourmet and excellent! … And the whole meal only cost me $7…

While I was eating I was still in shock as to how this place is… it is only a 1 hour flight from Panama… and I was expecting more of the same… that central american feel… kinda dirty, but with some nice areas…

I was watching the people and its like a fashion show here… but one of the things I suddenly realized is that everyone is dressed like it is fall… (which I suppose it is.. but it is about 21c and sunny!)… I saw one person with a scarf… and another with a turtleneck.. I then looked down and saw I was wearing my flipflops, shorts and a t-shirt! I looked a little out of place! I guess I’m not in Central America anymore!

Hello South America!!!! I am going to have to spend hours on the net researching this place, and others around here like Peru, Venezuela, Brazil etc… if other parts of South America are like this, I just might stay here…. But I am sure I will have a lot more to write about Colombia! The first really nice surprise on my extended trip so far!