Showing posts with label national park. Show all posts
Showing posts with label national park. Show all posts

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Skateboard Racing in the National Park

A downhill skateboarding competition is going on in the National Park during this three-day weekend.

Skateboarders from all over the world have come to Bogotá for the competition, in which they look like they're dressed to be fired out of cannons into space.

By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Roller Derby in Bogotá's National Park

One of the most culturally odd activities going on in Colombia has got to be roller derby. This group trains every Sunday afternoon in the National Park in Bogotá.

Roller derby's been played for about four years in Colombia, started by the popularity of an otherwise forgettable movie. Today, Bogotá has four roller derby teams, and there are about a dozen across Colombia, with names like Bone Breakers, the Fugitivas and the Rock and Roll Queens. It's a female-only sport here, altho most referrees are male. Many of the teams are associated with high schools and universities.

Roller derby's popularity here is doubly surprising as an aggressive, violent, contact sport in a country where few women traditionally play sports at all, much less violent ones.

By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours

Monday, September 17, 2012

Skateboarding in Bogotá's National Park

On Sunday afternoon young skateboarders fill up Bogotá's National Park. A few scenes.

My dog Parchita is a fan of skateboarding. 

Skateboarding can be romantic. 

By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Viva Fest in the National Park

A member of 'Drummers for Peace' showed up. 

Scenes from today and tomorrow's Viva cultural festival in Bogotá's National Park. The festival included a salsa band, part of the city-wide Salsa al Parque event, as well as an eclectic and sometimes quirky mix of displays by neighborhood do-gooder organizations, including indigenous, LGBT and childrens organizations, as well as community radios and arts groups.

Scary monster.

Dead scary monster.

A salsa band performs.... 

...and these kids get down. 

A bicycle tourist tastes a fermented quinua drink. 

Posing in a dirty image. 

Traditionally-dressed señoritas. 

These older women were getting down to the music. 

Tumbling boys. 

These bicycles generated electricity for loudspeakers. 

Traditional handicrafts.

The LGBT community. 

I thot 'How charming, these traditional dancing girls.' But from another angle, there was something undtraditionally masculine about them.

By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours