Colombia is amazing! I’ve spend 2 weeks here already, and seen many different places in Bogotá. The city is very easy to understand with Carreras y Calles (streets and avenues), but the private public transport system is very randomized. If you want to go somewhere as a tourist, taxi is a good solution and it is cheap! I’m starting to get to know some of the busses and the Transmilenio (the «overground» system thats very easy to understand and it is frequent!) helps me getting around.
The first weekend I met the interchange group between CISV Norway and CISV Colombia and we went to a salt mine 50 km outside Bogotá that was turned into Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá in the 1950s. The idea of a cathedral inside the mountain is pretty cool, and the sculptures and the lighting gives you a magical impression. It was really nice to listen to their experiences during their 2 weeks stay here in Colombia. With the excursions, the minicamp and to see how Colombian people lives. Its so nice to see how young people from different cultures can interact with each other and have such a great time while learning about the country.
The frase; Building global friendship, gives me a whole new perspective in this project. I haven’t spent much time at my apartment so far because I’m meeting new awesome people every day! The friendliness in Colombia is amazing. People are so inclusive (when they are not speaking spanish), and takes me all over the city. I’ve been invited to some family dinners and they are all kind of adopting me as a son even after 5 minutes..
While I am used to snow, wear 5 layers of clothing and skiing in Norway at this time of the year, I’m wearing t-shirts, walk in the parks and getting sunburned during my stay in Bogotá. It is supposed to be a rainy area, but so far I’ve only seen rain for just 2 hours. The weather is usually warm during day and cold at night. As a foreign viking, nighttime is sweater time 😉
Stereotypes impressions after 2 weeks:
Colombian time = Not true, 50/50 within the population.
Dangerous = Not very, the most dangerous I’ve experienced so far is crossing the streets..
Crazy taxi drivers = TRUE
Amazing food = True
Great coffee = TRUE!
Beautiful women = TRUE!!!!!!
Dancing = They are all good dancers, and I feel embarrassed every time I go out in a party.
Lazy people = Not true, most of the people work from 8-18.