Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Digging for an Emerald in Downtown

Those men you see every weekday along Calle Jimenez near Carrera 7 are emerald traders.

They show off, price and trade emeralds every day, right out in public. 
And, surprisingly, things rarely go wrong.

But, today, a disaster! A trader dropped a valuable emerald - and it went straight down into the sewer!

The emerald is down there, somewhere.
But where is it?

A homeless man, undoubtedly hired for a pittance, goes to work digging up the mud and carrying it away.

The odor from the fetid mud and sewage wasn't very nice.

Where is that little stone?
Passers-by are not amused.

Sifting thru the mud and trash, bit by bit.
Astonishingly, the trader found his stone, which someone told me was worth 30 million pesos - about U.S. $10,000. Wonder how many pesos the homeless man took home?

Neighboring businesspeople will not forget this.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours


Stuart Oswald said...

So how many pesos did the man take home? (in your unbiased mind)

Miguel said...

No idea, except that I'm sure it was insignificant compared to the stone's value. But, the pesos probably went to alchohol and-or basuco, so he may have just done himself damage.