|Colombia National Police Helmet|
During our trip to Colombia (a few years back), Kim and I spent a few days in Bogota.
We both really liked the city and would’ve liked a bit more time there.
We visited a few museums in Bogota including the National Police Museum.
The museum was really interesting. There were lots of displays featuring various gear and weapons used by the police over the years. There was also a lot of space devoted to Pablo Escobar, the infamous cocaine drug lord. The best part of the museum is that admission is free and you are given a private tour by a young, local guide serving their mandatory one year of service with the police.The guides seemed to be enjoying their jobs and told us they were happy to have people to practice their English with.
When we left the museum, we saw lots of small shops selling police paraphernalia.
They could buy everything needed for their uniforms as well as some other items. While these shops were really meant for the police officers, they did have a few souvenirs.
I saw some things of interest . Most of the shopkeepers spoke limited English but we were told that to buy most of the items you needed a letter or police identification.
Here are a couple of items that I bought:
|Colombian National Police Statue|
|ID Card Holder|
|Back of ID with National Police Logo|
|The Policia Nacional Logo|
We headed back to the shop a few hours later. After wandering around, trying to find our way back, we found it. This time there was a young girl there, not the man we had spoken to earlier in the day.
I asked for a price on the helmet and was told around $20. I said that I would like to buy it and she had us wait for a moment. She came back with the man we had spoken to earlier.
He agreed to sell me the helmet but said that he wasn’t supposed to. We were then told to try to bury it at the bottom of our bag when flying home from Colombia.
I followed his directions and packed the helmet at the bottom of my backpack. I had to fill it with clothes so that all of my things would fit back in my bag. When I got to the airport, I checked my bag and hoped that the helmet would make it back home.
Once we got home, I couldn’t wait to empty my bag to see if my Colombian Policia Nacional helmet had made it back.
I was excited to see that an awesome souvenir and great addition to my hat collection had made it home safely to NYC!