The streets of Bogota

A horse and cart in the traffic (and there is a LOT of traffic)IMG_0083

Indian women selling their wares outside the cathedral

Indian women selling their wares outside the cathedral

My sister and I went in search of our old home. We lived at the base of an old cobble stone street  which we walked up to go to our school: Colegio Nueva Granada.  The school moved years ago and the lovely old stone  building ( once an embassy) is now gone.

cobble stone street built by the conquistadores - using Indian slaves.

cobble stone street built by the conquistadores – using Indian slaves.

What WAS still there was our “magic” castle.  At the end of our street was this beautiful stone mansion replete with turrets – which made it a castle.  We used to peek through the gate and the owner, seeing these three little kids, invited us in to look around.  I was 5 or 6 years old and was especially impressed by the sunken tile bath.  That kindly man and his castle has stayed in my memory all these years so it was a real treat to see it still stands when so many old buildings have vanished to be replaced with new “edificios”.

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The Castle!

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Old castle on the end of our street ( Carrera 3)

Old castle on the end of our street (Carrera 3)

A man and his llama in Plaza Bolivar

A man and his llama in Plaza Bolivar

El Candelario (Old Town)

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9 thoughts on “The streets of Bogota

  1. Hi Cinda, it must have been surreal to see “the castle” again. It must’ve back so many great memories for you. My favorite part of Bogota is definitely La Candelaria. So much history and art. I wish I was there again. It’s good to read you’re having a great time. Warm regards,
    William

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  2. Cinda, I also lived at the end of the cobblestone street and right on the caslte street (calle 74)? I would walk to school; 1957 – ’66
    My old home is still there, but now an office building and the street is oneway now with very fast traffic.
    The home where the Jenny Bjork lived is still at the lower end of the cobble stone street!!
    Lovely memories!!

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    • Lindel – It was indeed Calle 74. Wow Jenny and I must have been neighbors when I was in first grade (I think we moved when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade). This warrants another blog and more pictures – please tell Jenny!

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    • I will forward this to Jenny. I think she started in 2nd or third grade. Such fun!!
      I started in 4th grade comming right out of the jungle in Tingo Maria, Peru where Mother home schooled us for three years.

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    • Hello. I look forward to getting your book. Yes, we must have been neighbors. Our dog (great dane/boxer) walked us kids to & from school (the old embassy) via the steep cobblestone road. Jenny

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