Saturday, June 30, 2012

Making La Candelaria a Community

Dancers in old-time costumes. 
Residents of Calle 10, perhaps La Candelaria's most handsome and historic street, turned out today with music, dance and even a circus, to celebrate the neighborhood. The goal of the event, which is to be held on the fourth Saturday of each month, a neighbor told me, is to build community and also improve the image, which has been scarred for years by a reputation for crime.

La Candelaria, Bogotá's historic center, still has its troubles, but has a tremendous amount to offer in history, culture and friendliness!

Circus jugglers. 

Youngsters kick up their heels.

A couple kisses while walking down Tenth St. 

A bookstore/cafe brouht its literature out onto the street. 

A guitarist in the doorway of the Casa Real cafe. 

The doorway of a historic restaurant. 

An impromptu singer. 

Nick nacks for sale. 

A woman in historic dress.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours


mauricio forero l said...

Great post Miguel!!!

Mauricio F.

mauricio forero l said...

Also, your photos are great Mike, I really like all this shots, they are so full of life and with such vibrant colors. When I see pictures like these is when i get really nostalgic.

M. F.

Miguel said...

Thanks Mauricio. The feeling of community here is one of the things I really like about La Candelaria - a huge contrast to the California suburb where I grew up, where people lives in their cars.