13 May 2007
Bogotan experience 15-4-2007
If La Condamine received hospitality and friendship from the Maldonado-brothers in Quito, so did we experience a cordial reception by the Lopez-family in Bogotá. Jose Lopez, the uncle of Eulalia whom Hilberto had met in Naarden, guided us to Zipaquira where we visited the ´Catedral de Sal´. The Muisca indians there had traded salt for gold for many centuries, until they were wiped out.
In the afternoon we visited the ´Museo de Oro´, where we saw the famous objects the indians had made of gold. In the evening we were brought to Jose´s house in the north of this 8 million people-town. The small house was filled by the six of us, by the family of the two daughters of Jose and Martha, and by their two sons, Camilo and Mauricio. To our embarassment we were seated at a table of 8 to eat the "ajiaco bogotano". The others came by to get their share. The guitar was played, we laughed, drank wine, exchanged presents, told our life histories and thanked for this wonderful day. Seldom we had experienced such hospitality from people we we had never met before!