Bogotá: A Photo Essay

I’ve been wanting to go out and take photos of Bogotá for a while now, to remember the streets that I know so well, and I finally did. Most of these photos are from the northern part of Bogotá, and therefore does not give an accurate representation of the whole city, although some of the people in the pictures can be found all over the city, such as the flower sellers and street vendors. The rest of the photos are mostly of places that I often see, or are important to me, or that I find amusing. Enjoy!

Street vendor

Buseta along Septima

Typical brick buildings

Armed guard-you can spot these guys all over the city

View of the mountains from La Candelaria

Avocado stand

Flower sellers along the road

Another flower seller, offering his goods to people in their cars

Cyclists using one of the many bike paths in Bogotá

Exito, one of the main supermarket chains in Colombia

Umbrella Art outside of Centro Comercial Andino

Typical sign to label the streets

Bogotá Graffiti

Street Performers near Usaquén

Bogotá Beer Company (aka BBC)

A CAI-Police Station

Woman wearing a surgical face mask-not uncommon around Bogotá

Colonial-style architecture

Calle 100 Bridge

These shoes are simply too fantastic not to share (in Usaquén)

Fuzzy red plant that I see all over Bogotá and really like

Buying tickets at the Transmilenio Station

I will never understand why or how this sign came to be, but it makes me laugh every time

Cooooooofee Express

Bogotá is so beautiful when the sun is shining


A Peek into a Colombian Kitchen

After having been in many different Colombian homes, and specifically, Colombian kitchens, it has come to my attention that nearly all kitchens here have a few staples, so I’m going to share with you the ones I have consistently noticed.  Continue reading

Feria de las Flores

Every major city in Colombia has some major festival or fair at some point during the year. In Barranquilla, they have carnival. In Bogotá, they have the theatre festival (every two years), and in Cali, they have a salsa festival. In Medellin, dubbed “The City of Eternal Spring,” they have La Feria de las Flores, or, “The Fair of Flowers.”

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Bucaramanga, a Hidden Treasure

Photo Credit yonolatengo

Okay, now that I’ve caught your attention with this title, let me contradict myself by saying that Bucaramanga is not at all hidden, although it is a treasure.

Bucaramanga is the capital of the Department of Santander, in the Northeast of Colombia, and the city with the sixth largest population in the country. Continue reading

Small World

Photo Credit Jerry Bunkers

I have been blogging for almost a year now. Admittedly, I have published a bit less frequently than I did at the beginning, but I hope you, Dear Reader, are still enjoying my posts.

Before I began blogging, I was quite wary of it; you can read more about my feelings on blogs in one of my first posts. But then I began this blog, and I love it. I love writing, and this is an excellent way to discipline myself as well as get my writing out there. Continue reading

A Day at the Gold Museum

Gold Museum

Sundays are lazy days in Bogotá. Many places are closed and there is little to no traffic on the streets – quite the contrast to the traffic jams that occur during the week.

Museums, however, are one of the few places open on a Sunday, and the Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) is even free on Sundays, making it one of my favorite plans on this idle day. Continue reading

International Theatre Festival Has Opened!

The 13th Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotá (Iberoamerican Theatre Festival) opened on Friday, March 23. It is the largest theatre festival in Latin America, held every two years in Colombia’s capital.

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Protests in Bogotá

On Friday, March 9, there were large protests and riots in Bogotá in retaliation against Transmilenio, the mass transportation bus system here in the city.  Continue reading

A New Year

Feliz Año Nuevo and Happy New Year (a bit belatedly)!

I am back in Bogotá after being home in the States for 3 weeks for vacation. Bogotá right now is delightfully empty, as many people leave during the holidays, often to Cartagena, Santa Marta, San Andres, and the US. Businesses are still open, but most people get a decent amount of time off over the winter holidays. Tomorrow, however, things will be back to normal.

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