Monserrate

…some news from far away :). Last sunday I visited the Monserrate. It is a聽 mountain (3.152 m) in the center of Bogota and allows a really good and impressive view of Bogota. On top of the mountain there is situated a church named “Monserrat’s Morena Virgin”. Of course it is a tourist attraction, but at the same time it is a pilgrim destination because of the church.

Some impressions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The church:

Moreover there are many tourist shops, offering food, clothes and other stuff… 馃檪

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…and food: there are many innards to find….Who wants to try first? And of course beer and some “Coca”-drinks….

A view from behind. Beer, Music and the locals who know how to dance on the music ….

 

And here I was enjoying Canelazo ( Panela + Aguardiente). It’s a hot drink…

Mina de Sal de Nemoc贸n

Last Sunday (14th august of 2011) we did a trip to the Mina de Sal de Nemoc贸n.

It is a town of Colombia in the department of Cundinamarca. It is one hour with the bus outside of Bogota (north). We were all in all six persons and we had a lot of fun. The trip in the bus was an adventure trip itself because it is just really uncomfortable and in a way like in a Jeep over every countryside鈥us was shaking all the time, especially the last 20minutes near Neomc贸n.

In Neomc贸n we were walking around, visiting the mina de Sal and ate traditional food there, which is called 鈥淧icada鈥.

Tiempo libre y Fiesta鈥

Nemoc贸n

鈥淣icht einmal in seinen schwierigsten Momenten hat Kolumbien seine F盲higkeit zu Singen, Tanzen, Schreiben, Malen und Bauen verloren.鈥 (Rogelio Salmona, kolumbianischer Architekt)

In my first 3 weeks I had the chance to celebrate with Colombian people and to go to a festival. It was awesome, like everything here in this country. The first thing I realized is that the people here love their music & rhythm. And most of them have the rhythm and know how to dance, and mainly Salsa, Regaetton, Merengue and vallenato are played and danced. My tutor introduced me to Salsa, Regaetton and Merengue. It was fun but sure I鈥檇on鈥檛 know how to dance it properly. But since I will be here another few months, I should improve my dancing skills soon.

From the 6th to the 15th August it was 鈥淔estival de Verano鈥 in the Park Simon Bolivar.

The 6th of August I was with Deivis and Rodrigo at the Festival. That day was special because it was also the 473rd birthday of Bogota. At this event 鈥渓a 33鈥, 鈥淲illie Colon鈥 and 鈥淒addy Yankee鈥 have played live in the park.

The concert lasted from 4pm to 10.30pm. The place was really crowed and everybody was dancing and enjoying the music. Furthermore everyone in my nearer surrounding was also singing to almost every song. It was amazing!

In my other free time I got to try Aguardiente and Tequila. There exists Colombian beer but it is much less famous than German beerJ and the taste is just not the same. But I didn鈥檛 expect something else, anyway.

In my university I met nice girls and they took me out one night. With us were Deivis, Rodrigo and two other friends. We were dancing the whole night鈥n one big group and pairs. And gosh they can dance really well. The music was a mix of Salsa, Regaetton, older Colombian songs and some, but only few, electro songs. It was a really nice atmosphere and an enjoyable night with the Colombian people.

On Sunday after a daytrip out of Bogota, we went to the apartment of Rodrigo to let the new impressions of the day pass. Though we only had one laptop for the music we were all dancing. It was really awesome as well.

On the 19th of August it was a special day in Bogota 鈥 it was 鈥淪alsa al Parque鈥. It was a big concert at the place of Simon Bolivar (have a look at the pics from the Centre). It was crowed and obviously only Salsa was played. After the concert there was a big and beautiful firework. Unfortunately I didn鈥檛 make any pics.