It feels good to be back in Colombia. I had an amazing week of laughter, love, and tears with my dear friend Kate and her family in Vermont. But arriving back in Bogota on Thursday night felt good. Yesterday I spent 6 hours sitting in the waiting room of the immigration office waiting for number 34 to be called so I could get my visa. Believe it or not, it makes me feel grateful for the “efficiency” of U.S. bureaucracy. Today Sara, Logan, and I wandered around a regional farmer’s market here in Bogota. Tomorrow it’s back to Cali and time to actually start getting some work done. I suppose the U.S.
Campesino market in Bogota with vendors from the region.
Layered merengue cake and rice puddings.
Pudding Galore! Berry, Passion fruit, and Lime.
Fresh grilled and friend blood sausage, chicken, pork, and chorizo. $2.00
Sara and Logan about to dig into the merengue.
Grilled and smoked meats. A massive pot of soup.
Fresh roasted pig! The rice soaks up all the juices and the best part is the nice piece of fatty crispy chicharron (pig skin) you get on top.
The “Queso con Dulces” station
Digging into my plate of fresh farmers cheese topped with arequipe (dulce de leche), candied pineapple and strawberries, and jarabe de panela (sugar cane syrup).
The natural medicine booth. A root that you peel and eat raw to “cure diabetes,” oil of coca leaves for joint aches or memory problems, oil of marijuana leaves to prevent cancer and relax you.