This is the entrance to the Maloka, an interactive science and technology theme park, all of which is below ground. In the background in the movie dome, (similar to IMAX domes) which is the only such dome in South America. According to Wikipedia, its name comes from “maloca,” the name given by indigenous people in the Amazon to the place where shamans would seek the wisdom of the universe. The Maloka was opened in Ciudad Salitre 15 years ago, an example of how young and relatively affluent the neighborhood is.
This granadilla, a fruit that is native to the Andes. It is eaten by cracking open it’s hard outside shell and then sucking out the seeds which are coated in a greenish transparent pulp. The seeds look a bit like fish eggs but taste like bubble gum.
I arrived in Bogotá, Colombia on Monday. My Colombian friend, Felipe said that Bogotá, is, in many ways, representative of Latin America as a whole. I’m starting my blog with this picture because it captures the rapid urbanization that has brought different groups along at different paces—true of both Bogotá and Latin America. At 9 million, Bogotá is one of the biggest and most densely populated urban areas, in Latin America, the most urbanized region of the world.This was taken with the apartment complex where I am staying in the background. It is in a neighborhood of the city called “Ciudad Salitre.” Only 30 years old, it is home to a shopping mall, international hotels and business towers as well as small groceries, workshops and street vendors.