The other aspect to my visit to Bogotá that I wanted to talk about was the leisure side.
Bogotá, as any other big city, has a great nightlife. Not that I managed to see much of it, but from what I did see and what I was told by the locals, it seems that the Colombians know how to enjoy themselves!
To start with, Colombians eat a lot. The eating culture is a bit more similar to Spanish than not. With starters, and first dish, and second dish, and pudding, both at lunch and dinner. I was really surprised to see how much everybody was eating. I am now very much anglicised in the sense that I will only eat a little lunch and a normal dinner. I haven’t done the whole “starter+first+second+pudding” in a long time!
Restaurants were really nice, good value for money and the portions were a bit more generous than in the UK. We visited a few restaurant chains, but we also ate at local ones. The chains we visited were: crepes and waffles and wok, and the local restaurants… well, I can’t remember the exact names, but they were all simply wonderful. The beef in South America is already famous (especially the Argentinian one), but I must say that I have never eaten such juicy and delicious meet in my life before. This has put the bar quite high, and I am going to find it difficult to enjoy a steak as much here in the UK!
Then there’s the nightclubs. Well, I’ll be fair. I didn’t go to any nightclubs or I wouldn’t have happily gone to one. Nightclubs and me don’t go well together. But the place we went to wasn’t any nightclub. No. It was way more than that. It is called “Andrés carne de res” and it is a restaurant / bar / dancing place. One of the most amazing places I have seen in my life. There was a live performance with actors just wandering around the place, there was a band (Tuna-style) going around the tables singing happy birthdays and other “welcome to Colombia” type of songs, the waiters were awesome and entertaining, the food was the best I’ve ever eating, by 10:30 EVERYBODY was dancing anywhere (on the dance floor, on the stairs, around the tables, in the toilet lobby…. EVERYWHERE)
I have tried to explain it many times since we came back, and words always fail me. It is one of those “you-had-to-be-there” places, as its magic and atmosphere can’t just be explained. You have to live it. I am planning on going back to Bogotá again in the future just to go to that place once more. That’s how awesome it is. It’s worth the 11 hour journey just to spend a few hours there.
The one tiny little detail that I do not like about “Andrés carne de res” is that, of course, they mainly play Latin music. Latin music and I don’t mix (in fact, I still remember last New Year’s Eve party, where we went to this party where they were playing Latin music all night and I felt like the most miserable girl in the place – and probably was!). BUT. After 3 beers and half a mojito I was so drunk that I started dancing to everything. And I mean everything. I slightly remember that they played Jump Around and there I was, jumping like a maniac…
I must explain a bit more about the mojito… It wasn’t your typical small glass with more ice than drink.. No. It was a bowl (yep, a bowl, like the ones where they serve you noodles in Wagamama) full of drink – I reckon there was at least half a bottle of rum on it, as it was the strongest drink I’ve ever drunk. And it wasn’t that expensive! Around $41.000 Colombian pesos (£14), which can seem expensive but it’s really good value for money for what you get.
I left that place unconscious, I was dragged back to the hotel by my boss and my colleague. And the hangover the following day was just horrible, but totally worth it. 🙂
Please forgive the lack of pictures in this post, but the few ones I took are so blurry and dark that it’s not worth putting here.