So...change of plans. I went to the front desk to see if we could stay here yet another night.
We're not even that thrilled with Bogota, yet we'll have been here a full week when we leave tomorrow morning.
After breakfast we went back to the room and relaxed for a couple of hours. In fact, I even fell asleep again. Some of you have been asking how my rash is, and I'm happy to say that it's getting better every day. The blisters stopped on Tuesday, the day after I started taking medication, and the skin has begun to heal. So that's all good. But I'm still getting some itchiness at night and I'm not sleeping very well. Probably due to the prednisone drugs. Supposed to take them for 8 days, so not long to go.
We left the hostel at about 12:30pm, with a plan to visit a couple more of Bogota's museums. The rain had stopped and we walked towards the Chapinero district, first wanting to see Bogota's Santamaria bullring.
Bogota's Santamaria bullring, built in 1931.
There's been a huge controversy in Bogota since the mayor in 2012 banned bullfighting. It was supposed to be reinstated this year, but they have since decided to do renovations to the bullring and the building is now currently closed to the public. It's a huge ring, seating 14,500 people.
Just around the corner from that is the Colombia National Museum. It was free entrance, which was a good thing because I didn't find it to be a very good museum. I liked the architecture of the building itself better than the displays.
Looks like a prison?
That's because it was a prison. Originally built in 1823, the building had 104 prison cells. Built like a fortress, it was used as a prison until 1946, and it has been used as the National Museum since 1948.
Colombia National Museum.
The Hall of Diversity.
The courtyard in the middle.
Ruth thinks this is a type of amaryllis.
We weren't a long time in the museum, but it was still almost 3:00pm by the time we got back outside and we hadn't had any lunch. We were looking for something different and I found a Thai restaurant on the iPhone and it was only a few blocks away. But when we got there, it was no longer a Thai restaurant...in fact we're not even sure it was a restaurant at all.
There are a lot of very inexpensive "daily lunch" specials around, ranging in price from 6,000 to 10,000 pesos ($2.70 to $4.50 CAD) per person. But they're almost all the same....soup, and then a piece of chicken, pork, or beef, with rice and a fried plantain. They do fill your stomach, but they get a little tiring.
This guy was selling kiwi fruit. Five for 1,000 pesos ($0.45 CAD)!
We had seen a Mexican restaurant downtown the other night, so we walked back over there. Went inside, but right away we could tell this was a tourist restaurant and we sat and looked at the menu before deciding that it was ridiculously overpriced.
I've learned that you can tell if a restaurant is expensive by the price of a beer. If a beer is between 2,500 to 3,000 pesos ($1.13 to $1.35 CAD) then it's reasonable. Over 3,500 pesos ($1.60 CAD) and it's getting expensive. This Mexican place wanted 8,000 pesos ($3.60 CAD) for a Corona! And 6,000 pesos ($2.70 CAD) for a regular Club Colombia beer. Ridiculous, so we got up and left and I told the waitress it was too expensive for us.
We walked a little further, and came across a nice little restaurant. We looked at the menu and it was also a little pricey, but we were hungry.
Again, heavy on the meat!
At least we got a small salad with this meal.
Dinner is served. We each chose the grilled beef.
Not bad. Total bill was 59,000 pesos ($26.55 CAD) for the two of us. Our most expensive meal here yet! Again, not bad....but hard to justify versus the daily special meals that are less than half that price.
Haven't looked outside yet, but if it's at all decent, we're going to do that waterfall hike today!
A great one day deal on a Coleman inflatable kayak...today only!
And in Canada...the Olay Advanced Cleansing System....