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Monday, January 20, 2014

Sunday in Bogota, Colombia

Dear Family and Friends,

If you know us, you know that we have a traditional Sunday walk with our friends, Rich and Nancy every Sunday that we are in Cuenca.  Although we missed Rich and Nancy, Chuck and I headed out for a nice walk today.

We took a taxi and started our adventure at Bolivar Square.

Bolivar Square is located in the heart of the historical district.  It houses governmental buildings and the Primary Cathedral of Bogota which is on the left in the picture.  Above Chuck's head on the right are dozens of tents.  These people are protesting something and camped out on the square.

What amazed me was the number of pigeons....EVERYWHERE!

Vendors were selling cracked corn to feed them and they were gathered for breakfast!

This little girl literally had her hands full.

Check out her precious look of surprise mixed with happiness when a pigeon landed on top of her head.

Pigeons were not the only critters at the square...

We walked about in the historical district.  It is not a well preserved as the historical districts in Quito and Cuenca are.

This is a picture of typical Colombian pastries.

We wandered into a part of town that was full of military stores.  Chuck wanted to check this one out.

Yikes!  Well, after all, we are in Colombia.

Time to move on......

We stepped inside a small old church where the vibes were much better.

We walked on until we came to this pedestrian street of artisan markets.

Here are some pictures of some things we saw.

Handmade grandma style rocking chairs.

Beautiful woven baskets...

Colombian style woven hats.

And lots of grandparent bait....

This lady is selling some (fruit?) that we have not seen before.

Here is a close up view.  It appears to grow in bunches on stalks like bananas.

We had a wonderful day with plenty of walking.  Our day was topped off by this pretty seƱorita who happily posed for us.

I was a little apprehensive about coming to Colombia but so far it has been a wonderful trip.

Looking forward to what tomorrow brings.


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