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Riding With the Kites in Simon Bolivar Park

August is traditionally Bogotá’s kite flying month, thanks to the vigorous winds. And the place to be is Simon Bolivar Park, Bogotá’s largest public park. Today, the 7 de agosto holiday, kites filled the sky and happy kids filled the … Continue reading

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Fast Times at the National University

In the National University’s campus, with its politics, political graffiti and protests, something interesting is usually going one. Not long ago during a bike tour we participated in this race across the Plaza Del Che. After a grueling race, the … Continue reading

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Stopping for Snail Slime

Edgar sets up his little stand every day on Ave. Septima near 24th St. and sells snail slime. Really. Often, we stop and meet him during our bike tours. He says the stuff treats wrinkles, stretch marks and acne. And … Continue reading

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Of Plazas and Pigeons

Lots of people are surprised by the plentiful pigeons populating Bogotá’s plazas. Other cities try to eliminate these ‘flying rats’, or at least discourage them. But in Bogotá they are honored members of the community. Vendors sell grain to feed … Continue reading

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Meeting Greenman

During out bike tours, we often meet interesting local characters, and one of the most unique has to be Greenman, whom we talked to the other day on Ave. Septima. He’s an artist and environemental activist who rides around on … Continue reading

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The Culture of Coffee

During out bike tours we often visit Cafe De La Fonda a small and friendly coffee factory, where we get a chance to see how quality arabica Colombian beans are roasted and bagged, and how they contrast with the inexpensive … Continue reading

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Bullfighting on Bogotá’s Beach!

Bogotá Mayor Gustavo Petro recently decided to end bullfighting in the city’s Santamaria bullfighting plaza and transferred the stadium to the Recreation and Sports Institute, which has used it for beach volleyball tournaments. However, Bogotá’s young aspiring bullfighters continue training … Continue reading

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