My quiet little area in the northern neighborhood of Usaquén was fairly safe. My hostel was up a steep hill and the view from the rood was a stunning spot to watch nighttime storms pass through. Anything could be delivered and there were endless choices of food and drink.
I loved La Candelaria. It was a vibrant, young, and energized area of town. Safety is questionable as dark draws near, but I found a place that I would have felt very safe in called The Cranky Croc Hostel. The bonus being that I could have met more people as this was the site of a fantastic tour company called The True Colombian Experience. Great tours for multiples OR singles at very affordable prices. One of the guides also offers affordable tours to places outside of Bogotá called Rolombia Tours. I found this out too late, but when I go back I won’t hesitate to book with both of these guys again.
This was the view from my Spanish school that I went to every weekday for 4 hours each day. Two weeks of my life in Bogotá revolved around my schedule here and didn’t leave much time for other things. It was good to refresh, but most importantly I made a few really good friends. My favorite part about school was having the opportunity to go to the south side of town, which could take an hour or more depending on weather, and help teach neighborhood kiddos English. There was definitely a language barrier, but we both made each other laugh quite a bit. I was even gifted a bag of fruit one day which made me feel pretty special.
It was an absolute dream come true to visit my birth country and city. I hope I get to return many times and maybe even buy a place down there someday ’cause the one thing I’ve learned in two years is that even the biggest of dreams can come true. Dream big and dream often! Check back soon for another BRAND NEW blog post about my time in Quito, Ecuador!!