|El Negro Chivas in front of el Café de los Locos.|
|Manuel González Guzmán and friend.|
The ambitious law student went crazy after his girlfriend betrayed him. The widow was driven crazy by her husband's death in one of Colombia's many civil wars. The fast runner who chased streetcars fell in love with his sister - until she escaped from him on a streetcar. He went crazy and chased streetcars trying to find her. The son of high society loved cheese and a woman. But she left him on the altar, driving him crazy.
All went crazy for kinds of love.
These four semi-legendary characters of La Candelaria are on display in new café, appropriately named 'Café de los Locos,' located in the Hotel Continental's shopping area, just off of Jimenez Ave.
The café, just one week old, is the brain-child of journalist Manuel González Guzmán, and won several historical and cultural recognitions. When I visited, the café was vacant, but that hopefully will change when neighboring stores are rented and open.
|El Bobo del Tranvia|
|The café's interior reflected in a mirror.|
|'El Bobo' close up.|
|La Loca Margarita|
|Manuel Quijano y Figueroa, known as Pomponio.|
|El Negro Chivas.|
|The patio at the end of the commercial center provides a peaceful, secluded spot to sit.|
|Most of the shops are vacant and for rent.|