Hiking in Bogotá

Bogtoá is nestled in a valley, which makes weekday morning hikes accessible to city residents. We hiked one of my brother’s favorite trails on a Monday morning. Since it was a work day, we only passed one other person on the trail.

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The hike was a tad steep in some places, and the altitude definitely made it a challenge. I like to think I’m in fairly good shape, but this was a humbling experience. My (exceptionally patient) brother and I somehow we managed to make it to the top.

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After a few false starts (i.e. we got lost), we made it down the mountain in record time. Unfortunately, record time was exactly 6 minutes after the trail closed. Thus, yours truly has officially jumped a 10 foot barbed wire fence. How’s that for a city girl?

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Bogotá, Colombia


At the beginning of the year, my younger brother and cousin moved to Bogotá where they accepted positions teaching English through one of Colombia’s government sanctioned schools, SENA.  After months of tracking their progress and adventures through Facebook and Skype, I couldn’t take it anymore and booked a flight.

We spent our time together exploring the city. There were Peruvian feasts in the trendy neighborhood of La Macarena, people watching in the historic Plaza de Bolivar and during Cyclovía, perusing the Usaquen Flea Market and wandering the halls of the Botero Museum.

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It was fantastic to have my own personal tour guides! I’m so happy to see how well the boys have acclimated to life in Bogotá. Their Spanish is fluent, and they’ve grown as individuals. I’m so proud of them.