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EVERY LITTLE LLAMA HAS A LLAMA MAMA...
       
     
MONSERRATE
       
     
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A CELEBRATION OF MEXICAN CULTURE
       
     
A CELEBRATION OF MEXICAN CULTURE - IN BOGOTA
       
     
A CELEBRATION OF MEXICAN CULTURE - IN COLOMBIA
       
     
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LA PUERTA FALSA
       
     
LA PUERTA FALSA
       
     
LA PUERTA FALSA
       
     
CHOCOLATE SANTFERENO - LA PUERTA FALSA
       
     
LA PUERTA FALSO
       
     
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EMERALD CITY
       
     
EMERALD CITY
       
     
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I JUST WANT YOUR EXTRA TIME AND YOUR KISS!
       
     
LEATHER SELECTION
       
     
LEATHER WORKS
       
     
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EVERY LITTLE LLAMA HAS A LLAMA MAMA...
       
     
EVERY LITTLE LLAMA HAS A LLAMA MAMA...

EXCEPT, THIS ISN'T A LLAMA - IT'S AN ALPACA, AS I WAS QUICKLY TOLD BY MY GUIDE.

MONSERRATE
       
     
MONSERRATE

I TRAVELED BY FUNICULAR TO THE CATHEDRAL OF MONSERRATE, PERCHED 10,341 ft ABOVE SEA LEVEL. MONSERRATE IS THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN BOGOTA AND IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO MISS. THE VIEWS OF BOGOTA FROM THE OVERLOOK ARE SPECTACULAR. THE CHURCH, WHICH HOUSES A SHRINE TO "THE FALLEN LORD"  IS ALSO A DESTINATION FOR CHRISTIAN PILGRIMS. THOSE TRAVELING FOR RELIGIOUS REASONS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO USE THE TRAM OR CABLE CAR TO REACH THE CHURCH - THEY HAVE TO HOOF IT. 

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A CELEBRATION OF MEXICAN CULTURE
       
     
A CELEBRATION OF MEXICAN CULTURE
A CELEBRATION OF MEXICAN CULTURE - IN BOGOTA
       
     
A CELEBRATION OF MEXICAN CULTURE - IN BOGOTA
A CELEBRATION OF MEXICAN CULTURE - IN COLOMBIA
       
     
A CELEBRATION OF MEXICAN CULTURE - IN COLOMBIA
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LA PUERTA FALSA
       
     
LA PUERTA FALSA
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LA PUERTA FALSA

A HEARTY BOWL OF AJIACO - A STEW OF CHICKEN, HERBS, AND THREE DIFFERENT KINDS OF POTATOES, SERVED WITH AN EAR OF CORN -  POPULAR IN COLOMBIA AND CUBA. I SWEAR, THIS BOWL HAD THE MEAT OF AN ENTIRE CHICKEN IN IT! VERY FILLING, VERY DELICIOUS. 

LA PUERTA FALSA
       
     
LA PUERTA FALSA

THE AJAICO IS SERVED WITH CREMA, RICE, CAPERS, AND AVO. 

CHOCOLATE SANTFERENO - LA PUERTA FALSA
       
     
CHOCOLATE SANTFERENO - LA PUERTA FALSA

PIPING HOT CHOCOLATE AND CHEESE, SERVED WITH YUCCA CHEESE BREAD IS ALSO CALLED CHOCOLATE COMPLETO.  IT IS APOPULAR SNACK HERE. YOU PUT THE CHEESE ON TOP OF THE HOT COCOA, LIKE A LITTLE MARSHMALLOW, AND THE CHEESE MELTS A BIT AND PROVIDES A SALTY COUNTER TO THE SWEETNESS OF THE MILK

LA PUERTA FALSO
       
     
LA PUERTA FALSO

BEEF TAMALE STEAMED IN A BANANA LEAF.

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EMERALD CITY

COLOMBIA MINES AND PRODUCES MORE EMERALDS (ESMERALDAS IN SPANISH) THAN ANY COUNTRY ON EARTH.  I MADE A QUICK JAUNT TO THE EMERALD TRADE CENTER, WHERE VENDORS DEAL IN POLISHED AND RAW EMERALDS AND FINE JEWELRY. 

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EMERALD CITY

THIS BRACELET IS ONE OF MANY PIECES OF HAND-FORGED JEWELRY ON DISPLAY AT THE EMERALD TRADE CENTER. 

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I JUST WANT YOUR EXTRA TIME AND YOUR KISS!
       
     
I JUST WANT YOUR EXTRA TIME AND YOUR KISS!

STREET ART IN BOGOTA.

LEATHER SELECTION
       
     
LEATHER SELECTION

MUCH TO MY SURPRISE AND DELIGHT, THERE IS A LEATHER DISTRICT IN BOGOTA, WHERE YOU CAN ORDER CUSTOM LEATHER GOODS AND CLOTHES. I STRONGLY BELIEVE IN SUPPORTING THE LOCAL ECONOMY, SO I HAD TO DO MY PART! A FEW FALL PIECES ARE FORTHCOMING. STAY TUNED, I AM GOING TO POST THE FINISHED GOODS HERE. 

LEATHER WORKS
       
     
LEATHER WORKS

TESTING THE SUPPLENESS AND TEXTURE OF THE LEATHER...LIKE I REALLY KNOW WHAT I'M DOING. 

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