Wednesday, November 14, 2007

My Room (In Bogota)

I’ve lived in some of the best and worst of places. When I was going to college in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, I lived in an apartment that had a washer and dryer, leather sofas, big-screen television, a stereo-system built for clubs, and an all-glass, lobby rooftop. Since then I’ve lived quite modestly. After college, I moved to Aspen, Colorado, where I need not go into details so as to not scare my parents if they’re reading this. But I can say that the first room I rented had a queen-sized bed that touched three walls and took up half my room. Then I moved to the Cortina, a 16-room housing complex for employees at the Hotel Jerome. It was a block from the hotel and rent included all utilities for a whopping $183 a month, and probably the best deal in America considering the real estate prices in downtown Aspen are only for the super-rich and famous. Nevertheless, it was the “ghetto” of Aspen. I had no kitchen. I had to climb a ladder to get to my bed and would bump my head if I sat up.



However, it did pay off, literally. I then moved to Chicago, where I lived on State Street, just a short walk to Oak Street Beach, in the Gold Coast neighborhood. It was a pretentious neighborhood. The Playboy Mansion used to be just a block away. Oprah and other famous people owned places there. I lived on the 14th floor with a few of the Hancock Building and Lake Michigan. I moved two more times in Chicago, in average apartments near Wrigley Field.

Now, I’m in Chapinero, Bogota’s equivalent of the Gold Coast in Chicago. I live in a studio on the second floor with a few of the mountains. I’m on La Septima, a main road that is just a few minutes by bus to downtown. And the popular supermarket Carulla is just a block away. Dare say that I’m paying nearly double what many other foreign English teachers pay. My studio apartment is nice. My only complaint is that I don’t have an oven or stove. But hey, I’ve had worse.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

haha, we've had some good times we'll never remember in all those places... and columbia is next... At first i was a little concerned about the safety of Columbia... but then i though...what can be worse than sleeping under the same roof as a murderer? haha (I really appreciate you keeping that information to yourself until my plane landed only a short distance (2,000 miles) from home). haha you my boy blue you my boy...
M. Wicker

Brett Garamella said...

Hahaha, well, I live alone now... although there is an old brother and sister that live on one side of my apartment and a very old lady on the other side. They are very quiet and courteous so watch out!

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