I went to Bogota with my friend, Liceth, for her appointment at the US Embassy for her work visa. her appointment was at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. We went early and she got in quickly and had it by 8 a.m. She received it easily and will work in New York this summer. We were able to have time after her appointment to take the aerial tramway up to the top of Monserrate, a mountain that dominates the city center of Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia. It rises to 3,152 metres (10,341 ft) above the sea level, where there is a church (built in the 17th century) with a shrine, devoted to “El Señor Caído” (Fallen Lord). Liceth and I both watch our expenses carefully. We were able to do the trip very cheaply by taking a night bus there Monday and an inexpensive flight back on Wednesday evening. We used the transmilenio bus system for transportation and found cheap, good local food at panaderias and restaurants. I am so happy that Liceth got her visa. She has been my best friend in Cali for over 4 years now. She will have a great experience this summer. Her English already is very good, but after three months in the states, it will improve a lot more.
This is a photo in the barrio, La Candelaria, where we stayed Tuesday evening. There are many hostels there with fairly inexpensive lodging.