Tuesday, January 26, 2010

La Candelaria

La Candelaria is Bogotá's historic district. It's filled with universities, schools and museums. Scattered throughout the neighborhood are a myriad of hostels so the area is always filled with tourists from abroad and Colombia. You can walk to most of the museums and the buildings are almost all colonial.

It's a bit disconcerting to see the dogs that run around free here- back home I am always afraid a lose dog will bite me but that's probably because it's rare to see. A lot of the walls in the streets are full of graffiti, but if you think about the sheer number of young people that are in this small area it makes sense.

A lot of the graffiti is political, but there are entire walls with a more artistic bent.

In Bogotá, the streets are organized according to a new alphanumeric system, but in La Candelaria- Centro you can still see the interesting names they had before Carrera #.

Plaza Bolivar marks one of the boundaries of La Candelaria and hosts the congressional and judicial buildings. On our first Saturday, an awards ceremony was held by the police. Almost all of the soldiers/policemen are extremely young.

Yes, that is a llama:

The area is in the shadow of Monserrate and evenings are always picturesque.

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