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Bogotá - The real thing !

I admit that the quality of this picture isn’t satisfying at all. There was little light and I found nothing to put my camera on. But … in this case it’s the note that is important.

On my last evening in Colombia, I walked through the streets of the Chapinero district in Bogotá and suddenly I saw this food stall across the street.
First, my attention was drawn to the large letters ‘PAPAS BELGAS’ (Belgian potatoes) and the black-yellow-red colours.

Due to the Americans the whole wide world uses the term 'french fries'.
But the French and also the Dutch do know very well that the real origin of fried potatoes is their little neighbour where the world's best beer is brewed and where the most delicious chocolate on earth is made.

You will therefore understand my surprise that in a country far away I found such a ready and clear reference to Belgium.

Of course I had to try the fries of that food stall and they were excellent!
On my question why the text "Papas Belgas" was used, one of the employees replied that his boss and owner of the business had decided that the residents of Bogotá had to get to know THE REAL THING.

The fries were even sold in point bags which used to be the tradition in Belgium (but unfortunately enough, this habit goes into disuse).

What a pleasant moment to be far away from home and to meet people who do know the really important things in life ! 
My night could not be better.

PS: Any suspicions of chauvinistic feelings are completely irrelevant.

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