As you may know, Briana, Janifer, and I have been preparing for our first trip to Bogota over the last few weeks. We asked the Z Team what to pack in our suitcases. We researched Bogota’s rich culture and history. And we got to know some of the newest additions to the Zemoga family.
Well, we’re finally here – and our first day has been AMAZING. We spent some time in the office reconnecting with old friends who have come up to visit the New York office, and made a hundred or so new ones. We talked to some of the team’s most talented and colorful characters about their passions, their hobbies, what it’s like to work at Zemoga, and even answered some of the questions you sent us via Twitter.
The Z Team took us out to lunch at Gaira Cafe, where we were surrounded by celebrities, from a famous Colombian movie director to a well-known journalist. The cafe’s owner is Grammy-Award-winning Colombian singer Carlos Vives, who came over to our table to take pictures with a very star-struck birthday girl, our head of HR, Maria Consuelo. Carlos also recommended some signature dishes to check out, and we feasted like kings on appetizers made of plantains, yuca, and other native crops.
Afterward, Ricardo took us for a walk around one of the oldest parts of the city. There was a beautiful mall, cobblestone streets, and excellent coffee. We capped off our scenic walk with a trip to the Bogota Beer Company, a cool laid-back pub.
After spending hours in good company and good conversation, Andres Navarro came to pick us up for dinner. We spent the evening chatting over candlelight in the chic restaurant El Salto del Angel, where we had our first taste of Aguardiente Antioqueño. This is a flavored liqueur derived from sugar cane which, literally translated, this means “burning water.”
So excited to see what Day Two has in store for us!