Yet another report from the series:All about Colombia.
There are many gold treasures from that time. The Spaniards were very eager to find gold. In the famous lake, Guatavita, there were offerings made by the indians. The lake, which is a large and deep crater with a dimension of about 800 meters, was emptied several times to find the gold at the bottom. From a almost perfect circle bowl which was the crater, they made a large hole to let the water out. Many of the gold findings from Guatavita and other places can be found in the gold museum. I found it to be much smaller than expected. Even so it is a must!
We went to San Agustin by car. It was about 10 hours. Going down from Bogota (at 2600 meter) into the valley and continuing south almost until the mountains meet, you will encounter the sites that was used by one larger tribe of Indians. The most important location for their culture was San Agustin. In San Agustin they have found very many burial sites with large guarding stones and pottery. We started at 6.00 Thursday morning with three cars from my building. It takes about two hours to go down to the valley. We continued south, passing through gerilla territory. Including a late lunch and a visit to a dam we did not arrive at San Agustin until about 19.30. The climate in the valley is very warm we had to stop to change to shorts, because we started with about 12 degrees in Bogota.
San Agustin is, like Bogota and many other Colombian cities, also
situated up in the mountain at about 1 600 meters, which makes the
day temperature very agreeable. In the morning the next day we
went to the famous park and luckily we found a guide who was
willing to tell as all about the park and its former inhabitants.
After a long struggle we agreed to pay him 10 000 pesos for over
an hour. 10 000 is about 100 SEK. The actual rate is now 0.0081
which makes it 81 SEK. It rained so we all where equipped with
umbrellas. Of course we also all had cameras. My camera got
destroyed and all the pictures were on top of each other on the
negative. I was really disappointed. I had to copy everybody
elses pictures. It owrked out rather well because I am on much
more pictures than usual. As photographer you do not end up on so
many pictures normally.
I have a Spanish teacher trying to improve my spanish. I see her every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at seven. She has finally been able to get hold of some books from US. They were promptly copied and we now how a paper copy each. I am working with them whenever I have time. Normally just before the next lesson when I have to. Last month she came up with a wonderful idea. We were to make kites. Normally August is the month of wind and sun, and lots of kite and festivals. So we made a nice kite in blue and yellow with a long tail.
Villa de Leyva
I was, together with most Swedes here, invited to play golf by Bjorn, the president of Ericsson. We practiced on the day before and then set off to Club Militar to play on the 10 of September. We had a small problem. Normally when we play there is always somebody who can not and we can borrow the equipment from each other. This time Olle and I went off to our club to by the shoes with these nasty nails under. We tried to borrow some bags and I had Peder old clubs. Olle had to borrow at the club. That could explain the result which was terrible. I had 98 shots net on a normal 72 shot track. That was including my handicap which is 32 shots extra. A quick mathematician adds it all up to a 130 shots in total. Horrible. I quickly bought me some new clubs and now I am down to 74 net. Only two over my handicap. Well, it happended once anyway! This handicap system is great. But in Colombia they treat it differently. Normally if you one day out of ten years make an excellent round you get that handicap and thereafter never plays on that again. That is in Sweden. Here you choose a handicap, like 16 which the former Ericsson president has. But when he plays there is no problem for him to make a round like he had 8 or lower.
On our 'home course' Florida, we played with a guy who said he had 16. That is almost one shot extra for all of the 18 holes. He only needed about 4 of them.... Then there was the two journalist who always forgot one or two shot each hole. I wonder how they make up articles....
Ericsson Telecom threw a small party for us working for telecom.
That means that the mobile department was not invited. We
went to a huge restaurant, casino, horse farm just outside
Bogota which is called Margarita del 8.
What else! Yes, my birthday is coming up. It is the 4 of October
for all of you who wants to surprise me. I am preparing a party
on the 30 of September. I have invited about 40 people to my
small apartment. There should not be any problem, because like
most airlines I have calculated and made a small over
invitation. Just in case I reserved the apartment next door,
(also Ericsson employee), so there are possibilities of
expansion. All the receiver of this letter are also very welcome.
PD:I found an invitation to a party to bid farewell to a collegue here. She is going to Manchester to do a master. We were about eight people who went to the large disco/restaurant and had really fun!! Unfortunately I never found the object of the party, even though some later investigation shows that she was really there!?! Even so I wish Liliana P the very best in the land of mist and strange humor.
See you later everybody!!!