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We went from Guaduas to Bogota' for a week for my spouse's sister's wedding reception.The reception was at a good restaurant in the city and the food and service were excellent. The meal consisted of appetizers,wine, salad, cheese, and an entre' of salmon and beef with a side dish of french fries. The preparation was excellent and the presentation was equal to the food quality. The restaurant decor was tasteful, in keeping with the event.

The reception was attended by extended family and all had a delightful time after which some of us returned to the bride and groom's apartment while they left from there to go to a local hotel.

Much of my time in Bogota' was spent in the apartment, a five story walk up, as I am balance challenged and have difficulty with stairs. I was impressed with the city. It is large and appears to have a very modern downtown area modern. While parts of the city appear more rustic, much of it is clean and orderly as parts of cities in the US or Europe. With of in excess of 10 million people,it is not small and many advantages and disadvantages that size brings.

My principal excursion in the city was a trip to the theater for a showing of "Toy Story 4", a pleasant experience made more so by a rudimentary bit of Spanish.

The rest of my trip to the big city was spent in the apartment wishing it were a tad warmer. The clothes I took to Bogota' were more suited for Guaduas than Bogota'. My ride back to the small city of Guaduas came at the end of my week in Bogota' and the way out of town took the requisite one to two hour drive on the traffic congested streets and highways of the city to get out and on the road. The drive to Guaduas was scenic and exciting, as usual. We experienced one traffic stop, but made the trip unscathed.

I will share more of my time in Guaduas in a future post and hopefully will include more information of things to visit while here. So far it has been a very interesting trip and I like the people and the country. 

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View (above) nearby the hotel on a street in Guaduas. It must be early as there is little foot or vehicular traffic.


 A scene from the patio inside the center parking area at the hotel. It is tastefully decorated with hammocks surrounding the center of the hotel, an open air atrium, pleasant during most of the day and cool in the morning, but a very nice place for coffee and pastries.


A further view from inside the atrium of the hotel. While there is another tree of a similar size, this is an ever green cedar or conifer providing a splash of green and a bit of shade for our enjoyment. Well that concludes this short post and perhaps the blog will be more animated with  pictures and video in the future.










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While many nights of our time in Guaduas, we went to a restaurant to eat supper, most nights were topped off with a delightful desert of ice cream and strawberries with bananas. Sometimes the ice cream was simply a delicious vanilla ice cream, but sometimes the cold treat had a pink color and a decidedly different taste. On occasion the ice cream had a green hue and appeared to be pistachio. Whatever the flavor of the frozen milk concoction, it was truly delicious.

Over the course of our time in Guaduas, we met interesting denizens. One, Miguel, wanted to learn English and was willing to swap much needed Spanish lessons for some pointers in English. His desire to learn made him an excellent student and perhaps on a future trip we can continue with his and my edification.

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A Little more Time in Guaduas

After Miguel returned me to Guaduas we had some ice cream at a local ice cream parlor near the plaza and talked in athe somewhat loud shop and watched the people going to and coming from the plaza.

Just as we finished  the ice cream and our discussion, some friends came from the hotel and we started the walk back to eat, spend some time relaxing and go to bed. The sun was low on the horizon and the evening was cool.

Supper was at a local hamburger restaurant in the plaza. The shop had hamburgers of different types and pizza. Our group expanded from three to about ten. The restaurant had problems accommodating the group, but the staff did in a most gracious manner.

Guaduas has celebrations periodically and these sometimes involve small seemingly spontaneous parades and on this occasion one occurred  with the following display:


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