So it was my first full day in Bogota and I had no idea what to do. I’d heard the presidential palace was interesting, so I decided to wander around La Candelaria and then give it a visit. I got lost for about an hour. When I found it, the palace was closed (and heavily guarded) for the day. Gave up on tourism to have lunch at a place called Capital Cocina. They do a nice lunch special. The waitress explained it to me in detail, and I didn’t understand a word she said, but it was the cheapest proper meal on the menu. The first course was tomato soup, pretty decent although I don’t eat much soup. Then there was some kind of meat, I’m assuming steak, with potatoes. It was pretty good. Then they brought dessert, some kind of trifle like thing that was too sickly sweet for me. Still – not bad for 17,000 pesos.
I achieved very little in the rest of the day. Went back to my hostel and relaxed, and hung out with the docile German Shepherd bitch. I blamed my laziness on the altitude – Bogota is 8300 feet above sea level. London, where I’m from, is 30 feet above.