The welcome sign said since “Bogota is 2600 meters above sea level, on the first few days of stay you may feel dizziness or slight headaches; if you get this, don’t worry, it’s completely normal” and it said the city has serious security problems (What an exciting welcome!). But eventually, all was fine with me and the rest of my group.
As we checked into the Tenquandam Hotel, all of us were given an individual room and with great excitement, I opened the curtain of my room to enjoy the view of Bogota city (I was in 6th floor), tall buildings, subways, underpasses, cars, bicycles zooming in and out like any other foreign land, and I notice one more important thing… Men with guns! Yes, these are the policemen patrolling or standing all around the city. In fact, sometimes on late evenings one can see more of these policemen than the usual crowd on the streets.
These were some of the experiences of my trip to perform in a theatre festival, but before this, the exciting news of me getting invited to Colombia to perform was on a different level because South America conjures visions of hills, adventures, the wonders of nature, coffee, crime at its peak, drugs, all the necessary components of a crazy exploration. So for me it was YESSSSS!
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