Monthly Archives: June 2008

Beer fest

In the supermarket I was able to find 8 different beer brands available in Bogota:


Unfortunately something happened with the picture of Aguila and I already drank the can hehe.

So I tasted so far Aguila, Club Colombia, Poker and of course Heineken. My favorite? Club Colombia, but for sure you should try all of them once to be sure that you are not missing out on anything.

One interesting difference between Colombia and Holland is by the way that in Holland most men drink beer when they go out or in the house. In Colombia and I think in many Latin American countries many men instead drink Whiskey, Rum or some local alcohol like Aguardiente (Fire Water) in Colombia. Aguardiente is I think still the most consumed alcoholic drink in Colombia and it is surely something special so I will dedicate a separate post on it when we decide to open another bottle.

Del Rodeo – Cheap Hamburgers

Having lunch in Portal de la 80 (a big mall at the east side of the city) is an interesting experience as there are about 25 fast food places to choose from. There are several hamburger places but some are amazingly expensive (El Corral, 16000COP for a combo). Not wanting to spend too much this day we checked out the cheapest offer for a combo meal. In Del Rodeo they offered 2 combos of a Hamburger, fries and drink for 17000COP, about 10USD. The combo is relatively simple but tasted exactly as you would expect a hamburger and fries to taste. For that money it was a good filler and healthy fast food is very rare anyway. If you want a more deluxe hamburger you should try out El Corral. It is a lot more expensive but the taste is possibly a little better.

Del Rodeo you can find all over Bogota:

Cr. 7, No. 13-43
Av. Boyaca, No. 131ª-25

Cr. 11, No. 70-66
Centro Comercial Palatino
Centro Comercial Portal 80 (Trv. 100ª, No. 80ª -20)
Centro Comercial Punto 170

Same for El Corral but more on that later (when I actually eat there)

Ah and Del Rodeo has also delivery: 01-900-331-5111

Planetarium – Star search

One visit that I forgot to write about is the day that we went to the Planetarium at Calle 28 con 7 next to the Parque de la Independencia I wrote about before. You will also see the Plaza de Toros (bull fighting arena) in the close neighborhood of it so it should be relatively easy to find.

The Planetarium is especially popular with families with little children as there are some handy craft activities and also the show probably is made with them in mind. Before going in, the guard told us that in July 2008 they will put a new digital system as the analog system that they have now is too old and too limited.

The show we saw “Mitos y leyendas del cielo” – “Myths and Legends of the sky” was interesting but a little slow for my taste. When the new system is there we will go and check it out again as the entrance is cheap and when we can borrow some kids from a cousin or something it will be fun to see their excitement.

Planetarium
Entrance 3500COP
Calle 28, Carrera 7

Juan Luis Guerra – Las Avispas

Again our Dominican friend: Juan Luis Guerra. Just learned that in 2007 he won no less than 5 Grammy Awards. Most be good than 😉

Deliciosisisisimo!!!

Last week I was attending a family meeting, not sure where or when but that is actually irrelivant for this post. For some reason we started talking about how things are different between Holland and Colombia. One of the hardest things for my wife and I am sure for the rest of my Colombian family and friends is that Dutch people tend to be very direct and not always that diplomatic.

An example:

Me asking the bill in a restaurant: “Oye, me puedes traer la cuenta?” (Hey you, can you bring me the bill?)

My wife asking the bill: “Disculpa senorita, me puede hacer un favor? Me podria traer la cuenta porque prefiero pagar en unos minutes. Muchisimas gracias!!” (Excuse me miss, could you do me favor? Would it be possible to bring me the bill as I would like to pay in a few minutes? Thank you so much!!)

One other thing that I noticed is that Colombians like to speak in extremes, especially the females. hehe
If I have dinner and I like something but it is nothing really special, I will say: “esta bien”, which means “it’s ok”. In Colombian that gets translated however as: “wow I really did not like it”

If you do not say that something is “delicioso!” (delicious) it is not good and people might even be offended. Something in the middle is not acceptable, so either really good or really bad.

One other interesting difference is that Colombian ladies (especially the moms and aunts) like to feed everyone like there will no food in the country tomorrow. So in dinners, parties etc, you will always be asked if you want more and they can be very convincing. Me being kind of skinny makes things worse I think as they think that I am underfed and need to gain some fat. The concept of no is no, has taken a long time to sink in, but now they realize that if I say that I am ok and do not want to eat more, I really mean it 😀

For sure there are many other differences both good and bad, but these are the few we had a good laugh about recently and more will have to follow later. I will take a notebook with me to make sure I remember more…

Music: Fonseca – “Enredame”

“Untangle me” from Fonseca. Hope I translated that properly:

A day in the park

It were actually only about 20 minutes but there are some parks in Bogota where you could easily spend a day just chilling out and playing some futbol (soccer hehe). I have heard about Parque Bolivar but have only passed it on several occasions. Soon I will go and check it out and write about it.

About two weeks ago however we were close to the center and crossed through this park:

It is not very big, but nice enough to get away for a sec from the busy streets and enjoy the green combined with the very blue skies we get here often. If you are wondering what the above palm trees are doing in the middle of the not tropic Bogota, you are not alone. Even my father in law did not know that the national tree the “Palma de Cera” can be found here high in the mountains. I have seen them also like this:

If you look closely you will see me at the bottom hugging the tree. I am guessing that this tree is about 30 meters high. This specific tree you can find close to Armenia. Not sure exactly where though haha