Villa de Leyva and a bit of Bogota

We left Mexico City early Saturday morning and flew to Bogota.  Our friend, Luis, in Seattle connected us to Manu here in Bogota.  Manu got his Phd from UW in physics and is now back in Columbia teaching and doing research.  He and his girlfriend, Andrea, picked us up at the airport and we headed north.

Andrea’s family has a hotel, part of which originally was a flour mill built in the late 1500’s,  in this small town called Villa de Leyva.  The Spanish developed it as a retreat, bit warmer and dryer than Bogota – more like home for them.

We got back to Bogota Monday early afternoon.  After a quick lunch, we met up with our other gracious guide, Carlos, who lived in Ohio for a school year with our friend Tim’s family when he was 15.  Carlos had an ambitious tour schedule for us that was hindered somewhat by the large protest in the center square.   We managed to work our way against the parade of people marching to the square. The event was all supporters of the mayor, no one was out there supporting the Attorney General, who is calling for his ouster.  The general mood was a bit festive, despite the riot police on the side and a few tanks.

We are off for some more touring with Carlos today.

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