In this session of the Dímelo Caminando Podcast we find ourselves in the epicenter of la Ciudad 2600 metros más cerca de las estrellas — Bogotá — specifically in La Plaza de Bolívar, la plaza mayor, or main plaza, the most important plaza in all of Colombia.
We go on a tour with Diana, of the City’s Tourism Institute, who takes us around la Plaza de Bolívar teaching us a little bit about the history of Bogotá, important happenings and events that have occurred there, as well a little about the main buildings and institutions that surround the Plaza.
When I was living in Bogotá, without a doubt this Plaza became part of my main stomping grounds. I loved to pass through there on my way to and from Lupita Palomera, my favorite restaurant (about which we’re going to learn in Episodio 004), that always serves up a mighty delicious Colombian breakfast. Traditional. Typical. Una SAAAAAAAAAAAAABROSURRRRRRRRRRA!!!!
In la plaza de Bolívar you can always find the most interesting characters that Bogotá has to offer: street performers, street poets, dancers, photographers, musicians, and the like.
It’s a place where you can get a hot cup of tinto and just chill, people watch, take in the city, soak yourself in the vibes with an amazing view of Monserrate and la Sierra of Bogotá that overlooks the city center. I never felt bored there, was always interested and entertained by what it presented to me, including the tour that we go on today with Diana.
In today’s episode, we learn about:
- El libertador Simón Bolívar. Here you can find more info regarding his life
- Monserrate – A mountain that dominates the city center of Bogotá. A top you can find an emmaculate church, delicious food, and an amazing view of the sabana de bogotá. A little more info here
- Plaza de Bolívar – More info regarding the plaza
- El Bogotazo y Jorge Eliécer Gaitán
- Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada – El fundador de bogotá
- Gregorio Vasquez de Arce y Ceballos – “el Gabriel García Márquez del siglo xvii”
- La casa del Florero
- and much more!!!
Other Items mentioned in today’s podcast:
- El himno de Bogotá – See video below
- La muletilla: Spanish filler words or language language crutches. I cover some of these heard in the lesson portion of today’s show, however, as there are many, I wanted to include some links for further information:
- Wikipedia Entry for Muletillas, More about Muletillas, a good article from Howlearnspanish.com about sentence starters and different muletillas
- Fotos antiguos de Bogotá – I forgot to mention this in the Podcast, but you should definitely check this facebook group out. Here you’ll find a vast collection of photos dating back as early as the 1920’s depicting life in Bogotá throughout the years. It’s a fascinating documentation of the transformations that the city has gone through, and definitely worth taking the time to peruse.
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