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Bogotá from a foreigner’s point of view is even prettier (part II)

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Joanna Ruiz

Joanna Ruiz

Journalist and migrant. I have a huge passion for writing and telling stories. I live in Bogotá since 2014. Instagram: joa_ruiz / Blog: leaquealgoqueda.blogspot.com

In this second article Bogotá from a foreigner’s point of view, four more people say what they love the most about the city, why they chose it to live in, what their favorite place is, and what they thank it for. Spoiler: you will also fall for this city!

In Bogotá from a foreigner’s point fo view is even prettier (part 1), four foreigners told us what they loved about this city and what their best experiences have been. In this second article, four others express what they like the most about Bogotá and why they chose it to be their new home! Enjoy the read!

Paula Escudero (Argentina)

Bogotá from a foreigns point of view
© Photograph courtesy by Paula Escudero

Love made Paula choose Bogotá: she married a Colombian guy and they decided to live here. One of the things that truly impressed her when she arrived in the city seven years ago was the cleanliness of it.

What do you like the most about Bogotá?

The ajiaco! And I also like that there are a lot of green spaces despite it being a big concrete city. 

What is your favorite place in the city?

The Parque de la 93 (93rd Street Park). I like it because there are really nice restaurants around, a green spot with a cute playground for kids and it’s right in the middle of the city. 

What do you thank Bogotá for?

My job.

Juan José Jiménez (Venezuela)

Bogotá from a foreigns point of view
Guadalupe Hill. © Photograph courtesy by Juan José Jiménez

When Juan arrived in Bogotá in June 2015, he was surprised by what he saw: a pretty, organized, and advanced city. He chose it because he didn’t want to be far from his family in Venezuela. “I loved the weather and its mountains because they reminded me of Mérida, my favorite Venezuelan city. I also saw an opportunity to start from zero.”

What do you like the most about Bogotá?

Bogotá is a city of surprises, every place is different. One of the things that I like the most is the connection it has with nature: its parks are oases within so much concrete. Its mountains inspired calmness in me. And even though there are microclimates in every corner, I really like its cold weather. 

What is your favorite place in the city?

Usaquén because it’s a mix between the old and the new. It’s like a small town that step by step became a city. I also like the Parkway and its surroundings because it gives you calmness in the midst of the stress of the city. 

What do you thank Bogotá for?

The opportunities and its faith in my ideas and projects. 

Tatiana Efimova  (Russia)

Bogotá from a foreigns point of view
© Photograph courtesy by Tatiana Efimova

Tatiana is not living in Bogotá anymore, but while she was, she became a symbol of the love for this city. From August 2018 to October 2019, she photographed it in many beautiful ways. She’s a Russian girl and her account name on instagram is Bogotera, so you can guess how into the city she is. 

Before arriving, she didn’t want to visit Bogotá because she read some unfavorable opinions of the city in some blogs. Destiny, however, had other plans. “I had three free days before my flight to Perú and came here. I met Gustavo” – her current boyfriend – “and we [have been] together since that time.” 

Love wasn’t the only reason to stay in Bogotá. “It has perfect weather that always changes. It has the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen. It also has the best coffee, fruits, and many places to travel around.” This is what she told us while she was still living in Bogotá. 

What do you like the most about Bogotá?

Its mountains and sunsets.

What is your favorite place in the city?

I think it’s La Candelaria. I find something new there every time. Graffiti, street artists, renovation of old-style houses. It’s never boring. 

What do you thank Bogotá for?

My boyfriend. He’s bogotano. Thanks to him, I’m happy every day. 

P.S.: We’ll miss you, Tatiana. In our hearts, even if you change your Instagram account, you’ll always be Bogotera!

Víctor Leiva (Spain)

He wanted to get to know South America and Colombia seemed like a good starting point. “The peace process was at a peak, so it was an interesting moment for me as a journalist.” It’s been four years since then and Victor is still in Bogotá. 

What do you like the most about Bogotá?

The contrast between the mountain and its endless city. 

What is your favorite place in the city?

The Mirador de Guadalupe (the Guadalupe lookout). 

What do you thank Bogotá for?

It’s given me opportunities to grow as a person. 

Are you a foreigner living in Bogotá? We would love to know more about Bogotá from a foreigner’s point of view. Tell us in the comments section below!

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