Our First Night in Bogota
Hola from Bogotá, Colombia!
This was the first stop on our world tour. We flew from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale overnight, hung out (/I might have slept on the floor…) at the airport for a few hours and then hopped on the 4ish hour flight to Bogotá. We landed in the city around 6 PM and were exhausted after being in transit for nearly 18 hours. Luckily immigrations and customs were a breeze and we only had carry-on luggage so we were on our way!
We had a bit of an Airbnb fiasco in the hours before we left California (our booking had no electricity so we had to find a new apartment ASAP) but luckily that we figured that all out before we took off. We called an Uber to the airport and met our driver in the neighboring parking lot. Interestingly, Uber is illegal in all of Colombia (dem taxi unions are strong!) but also everyone still takes it so we had no problem grabbing one from the airport. Someone always has to sit upfront to give the illusion that it is not an Uber (but given that we were gringos with luggage, having Phil sit up front probably wasn’t fooling anyone :P).
We had a 30 minute ride from the airport to our Airbnb and it was great to check out Bogotá from the car. We used our very rusty Spanish to chat with the driver a bit and also to check in with the security guard at the building of our Airbnb. Finally we arrived at the cool, funky (in a good way) Airbnb that Phil found in record time after our original booking was cancelled. All we wanted to do was sleep but it was only 7 PM local time and going to bed was only going to make the jetlag worse.
We decided to grab dinner (or whatever you call the meal after sleeping maybe 4 hours and eating: some of your fiancé’s airport breakfast, your own airport lunch and some very questionable airplane food) and turned to Tripadvisor to find a spot we could walk to. El Mono Bandido was the winner because, honestly, what could be better than a bar/restaurant under “Cheap Eats” whose mascot is a bandit monkey? And as it turned out, the answer was nothing! El Mono Bandido was an adorable neighborhood spot with a small menu of bar bites and local craft beer & cider. We shared some fish sticks and fried yuca + a burger and ordered the house Hefeweizen along with a local cider (and mixed them when the waitress wasn’t looking because a) we are classy AF and b) snakebites - half beer, half cider - are AWESOME). To add to the charm, your server gives you a little wooden animal (ours was a goat!) and when you are ready to pay your tab, you bring the animal up to the register and pay. Full, tired and proud of our very first bugbatical restaurant pick, we headed home to sleep for a very, very long time.