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A Memorable Ramen Encounter


On a cold winter evening in Kyoto, I coincidentally found a minuscule ramen shop concealed in a tranquil rear entryway. Sitting at the counter, I watched the talented culinary specialist fastidiously... Read more

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  • What to eat
  • How to burn it off
  • Where to Stay



Sundays in Bogotá bring the original Ciclovia, for which the city closes some 75 miles (122 km) of roadway to accommodate bikers, joggers, rollerbladers, and dog-walkers from 7am to 2pm. Join the two million Colombians that turn out for this weekly madness with Bogotá Bike Tours (Carrera 3 No. 12-72; map) in La Candelaria; half-day rentals cost 20,000 COP. Or take one of their guided, three-to-five-hour bike tours any day of the week for 30,000 COP. If you are biking on a Sunday, try to get up to Las Pulgas market—a trove of handicrafts, clothing, antiques, and, yes, food—in the pretty, upper-class barrio of Usaquén (map). Either way, biking is a wonderful way to see the city and burn off some of those tamales.



You’ll also want to do lots of walking, for which neighborhoods like La Candelaria are ideal. In that area, do not miss the excellent (and free) Museo Botero (Calle 11 No. 4-41; map), paying homage to Colombia’s most famous artist, Fernando Botero (he of the round, plump women—and men, horses, and man-children); other international artists are represented as well, including Picasso, Monet, Miró, and Tamayo.


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