LASA Tour 09-10
Tue 6 Oct 2009 - Sun 6 Dec 2009 20 °C
I stayed in Bogotá for a couple more months but didn't do too much touristy stuff. Watched a few more games of football of course!
One match I wanted to see was being played in a university. The day before a teacher had been held hostage for a few hours, this university is known for it's strong communism ties. I decided to risk going to the match any how. When I got there there was plenty of army presence around the perimeter fence. At the entrance I was told that although the game is still taking place, no fans were allowed to attend. I thought about climbing the fence to get in but was put off by all the armed security.
Another time I was on the bus to Tunja and it was stopped at a security point and all the locals had to show there identity cards to the soldiers. I didn't have me passport with me so just said English when I was asked for ID and that was good enough for them.
Finally, even though I enjoyed all me dinners and cups of teas from mamá Cecilia I decided to leave Bogotá. The first exit was abandoned after a change to the football fixtures messed up me plan. The following week the day before I was leaving was Halloween. Everyone here dresses up in fancy dress, even if it's not halloween related. I went to a party with Tatto & Paula. I dressed up as a kind of Vicente Fernández. Paula's cousin also came along, a girl named Margarita. I guess she was impressed with me big hat as we started seeing each other and of course another Bogotá exit was cancelled.
After 5 more weeks of waiting Margarita left her job and agreed to come travelling with me and I finally got to leave Bogotá. Ciao ciao Mamá Cecilia & Papá Moises I shall miss you.
After a 23 hour bus ride we arrived in Ipiales which is right near the Ecuadorian border. It is famous for a church which has been built into the side of the hill in a valley type thingy (just look at the fotos as I don't know the word for it) and also the local dish of cuye which is cooked guinea pig.