I live in the Boy. No, not with the Boy, in the Boy.
Or in other words, I live in El Chico. ‘Chico’ means boy. Well, there are no boys in my life, so my love affair so far has only been with this chico. I love where I live. I thought I’d show you my neighbourhood.
My family have lived here for years. And blimey, has the boy changed. He is now all grown up and sophisticated. Like a child’s pop-up book; new offices, apartments, bars and restaurants appear before your eyes like magic.
Chico is separated into Chico Norte (North) and Chico Reservado. I live in the ‘Reservado’ part. But there’s little reservation going on as the Brits know it. Where old houses stood one day, are knocked down for swanky apartments the next. Everything is new here. And there are some very amazing, very exclusive apartments that would make a Londoner’s eye bleed at the price and Blair Waldolf kick off her Louboutins in comfort.
I don’t live in one of these buildings. My family’s building is 40 years old. By Bogota’s standard, that’s ancient. It’s the opposite of the UK. We love old buildings and prefer them to new builds. But where we’re rich with architectural heritage, Bogota is having a boom and making their own history now.
I love the new style of buildings. The red bricks blend into the mountains as the sun sets. It’s magical.
I take a LOT of walks as I while away the days without a job. So I took some photos. I thought I’d bring you along on one of wonders around the block.
Here you go:
Is it a museum? A spaceship? No, it’s a swanky apartment.
New York style loft apartments.
Another water entrance.
I see a lot of these plants (front right). Not sure what they are other than popular.
A driveway that could be mistaken for a hotel.
A penthouse sits on top. It looks big.
Yesterday, a house was here. Today, it’s a building site.
Pretty, tree lined streets.
The red brick is beautiful against the mountainous background.
Yes! There are houses too…Very unique ones…
A 70′s house.
A mock-Tudor British house.
A French Chateau…
60′s house (right) with American style mansion in background (think it’s an Ambassador’s house).
And modern ‘houses’! Not sure if these are houses or apartments, but they look awesome (from afar, across a busy street).