Monday, May 28, 2018

Colonia Tovar Supplemental

Captain's log, supplemental. The away team ventured back out to Colonia Tovar for another visit a year and half after the initial landing party hired a driver to get there. We noted it was a nice spot for a little shore leave so we returned 3 months prior to departure from this strange planet of Venezuela.

We didn't have our car yet back then even though it was 3 months after arrival. I could drive us this time so we were free to take the trip at our own pace. Colonia Tovar hasn't changed much as a nice weekend getaway spot since that first time, which is a great thing. It's a little German alpine village two hours west of Caracas so I hope it can keep its character and charm. Check out the previous post and pictures here.

We stayed at a different hotel so these pictures should be different. We also drove a little past the town and a little higher up to to Pico Codazzi at 2,429 meters (7,969 feet) to see what's on the other side of that mountain top. It was this view...

Saturday, May 19, 2018


This is an amazing live performance of a wonderful song. Steve Hogarth said about this song: "It's whimsical, it's dreamlike. It's a holiday in the mind. But at the other end of the spectrum, it's a total revolution; a take-everything-down-and-start-again song. I'm very fond of Go!"

I feel "wide awake on the edge of the world" as time ticks down on living in this unusual place. I'll miss many things about being here, but I'm sure it'll be refreshing to step back from a place that too often feels like it's teetering on the edge of the world.

Marillion - Go!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Bogota Museums

There are many museums in Bogota for free or very affordable so it's easy to see a lot of different stuff. I like many different types of museums but these pictures are mostly from art museums. There was a free little museum about the city with old maps and information about it's growth which was interesting, but the stuff to really keep in pictures for memories is usually the art.

Bogota Street Art

I don't like annoying tagging and sloppy spray paint is ugly. However, street art is a whole other thing if it's good and in the right places. It shouldn't detract from what's already there. Bogota has some nice street art in La Candelaria. They're not spread all over the city in places you wouldn't want to see it, so overall I think it's an interesting part of the city where it is. There's a guided walking tour available but we had plenty of time to relax and explore on our own. We stumbled on most of the street art in our regular walks around so here's some of that. There's a particular walking street at the end of Plazoleta Chorro de Quevedo worth checking out for a variety of reasons.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Monserrate Above Bogota

We didn't lack enough oxygen in Bogota so we headed higher to Monserrate to overlook the 3rd highest capital city. Monserrate's highest point is 3,152 m (10,341 ft) on Wikipedia but there's a sign that says 3,170 meters. Whichever figure is right, it's fairly high even though it didn't look like a huge move up from the 2,640 m (8,660 ft) elevation of Bogota. 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Bogota - La Candelaria

We spent a chilly wet week in Bogota. It's the 3rd highest capital city at an elevation of 2640 m (8660 ft). It isn't hot at that elevation and it can get rather chilly at night, but most buildings don't have heating. The whole place was accepting of whatever nature gave them other than having the occasional fireplace. It was common to see people with their coats on inside everywhere including while dining in the restaurants.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

El Ávila Quebrada Quintero

I wrote about Hiking El Ávila National Park before but it's something people do again and again here. It's a great place to be in nature that's really close. The path I wrote about before is very popular for exercise but there's a right turn towards a waterfall area called Quebrada Quintero that's also really popular. Here's some pictures of that direction.