Normally the territory of photographers, tourists and pigeons, pigeons and more pigeons, during December 2010, Bogotá's Plaza Bolivar is is cruised by ice skaters sliding back and forth and often falling over. Not many Bogotá children have ice skating experience.
It's one of many signs that Christmas is coming. Since October, parks have been strung with lights and decorations. And Plaza Bolivár has a big Christmas tree, between the Simón Bolívar statue and Congress. Even though Colombia's 1991 Constitution ended its status as a Catholic country, no Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist or Hindu religious symbols have been sighted on public parks or plazas.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours