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Photographs from Bogota, Colombia | Washington D.C. Travel Photographer

One of the reasons I joined the Army was for the opportunity to travel. Of course one expects to travel to to such places as Iraq and Afghanistan in today's Army, but every now and then some unique assignments present themselves and I just so happened to be in the right place and the right time for this one. My latest travel adventure brought me to Bogota, Colombia; my very first trip to South America! While I only had about half a day of free time, I tried my best to make the most of it. Here are some of my favorites from the trip. This was the view from my hotel, the Andino Royal, located in a desirable area in Bogota near shopping districts, restaurants, and bars.

One of my favorites from the trip. Maybe not technically correct, but for me this one was about the moment. This little girl had just come home from school and was enjoying the last few minutes of daylight by playing with her paper airplane.

One of the many friendly street vendors who was more than happy to let me take his photo...

The next few are from the Monserrate, a definite must see if you visit Bogota. With an elevation of 10,341 feet, the Monserrate is a mountain with a small white church atop that overlooks the entire city of Bogota. A small fee grants you access to a shaky yet scenic cable car ride to the top where the view is absolutely breathtaking. It is chilly up top, so if you do visit, be sure to bring a light jacket. There are also plenty of shops with souvenirs and restaurants.

These last images are from the Bolivar Square and La Candelaria in the historic district of Bogota, Colombia, a busy little section of town that is beautiful to see and full of color. The streets were crowded with people from all walks of life: businessmen, beggars, military officials, and large groups of uniformed children on educational tours. Go there and enjoy, but travel safely and be on guard because crime in this area is high.

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