NYC crazy cab drivers have nothing on Columbians and Mexico City cab drivers. We’ve been inches from accidents, we driven backwards on highways, our drivers have made up lanes, driven on the wrong side, and gone through red lights (because you can just pay off the cops) and top that with no seat belts for back seat passengers ever.
HA well you just have to embrace it, I’ve always been scared of car accidents but at least I’m getting an ab workout, squeezing every muscle in my stomach so I don’t scream out.
On our way to Santa Marta now 3.5 hours, a real workout 🙂
Last day in town, so figured we’d head over to the heart of the historical area of Bogota to get a different feel for this wonderful city. Yeah… So little did we know that, earlier in the day, ousted mayor of Bogota, Gustavo Petro, was banned by Inspector- General Alejandro from holding political office for 15 years. This is a one of the country’s leading leftist seen by many as a strong candidate for next year’s presidential election.Once there, we were greeted by hundreds of animate protesters, with whistles, signs, and passionate enthusiasm. Our dumb asses had no clue what was going on. Current events and BBC News take a back seat to other activities on one’s honeymoon. Alas I digress, see below some of of our most interesting shots of the evening.
Altitude is something I’ve always associated with professional sports and athletes. This casual truism made Ethiopians and Kenyans great marathon runners; it gave the Denver Nuggets a slight edge; it is a topic of conversation for those going to Machu Picchu; and the reason why there is a base camp for those wanting to climb Mount Everest. Never in a million years would I consider it a factor for Joe Schmo relaxing around and doing touristy things in Bogota.
I’ve spent the past few days huffing an puffing while, as Schwarzenegger would say, engaging in “girly” activities such as long walks through the park and shopping. Having to take deep breath while marginally active is a new concept for me so, I did some soul searching and considered the fact I may be a little more out of shape than I would like to think. Then I did some Google searching. Turns out Bogota, in terms of altitude, is 4th highest city in the world (2,625 m or 8,612 ft)
Add the fact that we just spent 3 days in Mexico city (the 8 highest city) and there is your culprit. Apparently after the body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, saturation of oxyhemoglobin begins to plummet–> Oh shit there ain’t as much oxygen in your blood cells- you need that shit to live and make energy! Now I didn’t stop there. As anyone in this position with high speed internet would, I continued hoping from page to page trying to find out just how deep this rabbit hole is. Fuck. It looks like I may have high-altitude pulmonary edema.
The symptoms are clear:
– Difficulty breathing
– Chest tightness or congestion
– Crackles or wheezing (while breathing)
** Side note: Just told my wife, Libby, about my self diagnosis and she laughed in my face. **
On a more positive note, according to emedicine.medscape.com (here), I should be fine hopefully with some rest and a decent of only 500-1000 m. Things are looking up, since tomorrow morning we fly out to Cartagena, Columbia with altitude= sea level. Until then, I’ll keep a close eye on my situation.
So it’s much colder than we expected here in Bogota. We did our due diligence checking various sources but I think there is some sort of conspiracy or bug on weather.com. These guys keep posting high in the 80’s but take it from someone on the grounds here, there is no way the mercury crept up above 70 all day!
Fuck you weather.com with your lies.
Shopping in Zona T + Jeans fact
Dresses definitely weren’t cutting it so Libby broke down and decided to get a pair of jeans. We hit up Zona Rosa aka the T Zone, which seems to be the Madison/Fifth avenue of Bogotta. Neighborhood streets are stacked with boutiques, shopping centers and standard designer outlets (Burberry, Nike, Zara…). The area gets so much traffic that main streets are constantly backed up with cars waiting in line to get into parking garages. **Note**Tremendous money making opportunities for any creative urban planners and/or developers looking to invest in parking garages out here.
Insight learned: One can’t simply buy jeans and not a shirt to go with.