Category Bogotá Life

Are you in a hurry? Then don’t take a taxi


It’s counterintuitive. You are running late. You need to get to your meeting asap. You originally planned to be frugal and get a bus. It’s a very short distance so the bus wasn’t gonna slow you down. But then you’d have to walk 7 minutes to the bus stop, and unlike Germany, there’s no way […]

Not moving at all!


(When traffic is like that few wonder how it’s possible to stay active. Ok this was back in Quito, Ecuador. Though it’s just the same story in Bogotá. It seems that I had been brainwashed by Sebastian Yatra even before the 9th Dec at Armando when I thought it was my first time hearing it!) Usually the […]

A shortcut to get through the traffic in Bogotá


Bogotá is back in business after the popular holiday period in the first week of 2017. So traffic’s back! So it’s time to know how brilliant Waze is for getting around. I’m sure most residents here would know about Waze by now. I’m not paid to endorse anyone. In fact, I’m proud to say I have not been paid […]

Bogotá’s productivity issue?!


Yes! Today’s another public holiday in Colombia! To those who are curious, today is the holiday of The Three Kings for the catholics. As mentioned, we get so many Monday bank holidays that Colombians have stopped asking what the holiday’s for. With so many holidays you can imagine it’s hard to get any work done! There […]

How much does the newsvendor earn in Bogotá?


Some things in Colombia remind you that we are still a developing country with features that go back half a century. The guy in the picture sells El Tiempo, the biggest newspaper in Colombia. He goes around your block at 7am every Sunday without fail. (It may seem early but actually as I’ve been converted it’s not really that early for Bogotá.) […]

#UstedNoSabeQuienSoyYo


Today I belatedly heard that the richest man in Colombia Luis Carlos Sarmiento who defines monopoly (through owning 4 major banks and financial institutions in the country plus lots more in central America) was criticised for illegally abusing power as he held up the traffic last Friday. For sure many residents of Bogotá, like me, have suffered the same […]

Earthquake in Bogota!?


I got a little lie-in on a Sunday a month ago. (Since we’re in Bogotá, with the usual waking hour at 5.30am, a lie-in means sleeping till 8am..) Just as I was putting on the kettle and sorting out the kitchen mess from the night before, my intercom rang. ‘Buenos dias.’ ‘fifjv nkdlvn htoeq rtiqrq […]

‘real’ Bread in Bogota


I apologise for doing a bit of advertising here, it’s just that good things should be known by all. Foreigners in Bogota may agree that bread here tends to verge towards the sweet side.. I was lucky to have found proper bread from Maxli. It’s simply the best in the city in terms of value, nutrients and quality. […]

Get shitted on because you are standing under a shitting bird


Friday is special discount day on wines at Carulla – the atrociously overpriced supermarket. So the other day I went to exercise my customer right of paying fair prices. I was delighted and proud when I found a Viña Tarapaca 2010 Gran Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon for an unusually reasonable price – at COP 30.000 / […]

Grounded


Do you know what it means to be in Bogota when you need to go somewhere and it’s raining, especially between 4-8 pm on a weekday, worse still on a Friday? It means you’re grounded. If you need to go from one place to another out of reach by any form of public transport (well, not an awful lot of […]