Monday, October 31, 2011

Metro Cable

Metro Cable
Metro Cable going through the Barrio Santo Domingo
This Cable car known as the Metro Cable in Medellin, will take you from the center of town with one stop in the Barrio Santo Domingo, and then on to the top of the mountain at an elevation of over nine thousand feet.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Motorcyclist

Woman Biker
Cyclist on the Streets
Bike Repair Shop
Motorcycles are very popular in Colombia, you'll see them everywhere because of the heavy traffic you can dart in and out of traffic and get to your destination quicker.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Artist at Work

This young man was hard at work painting his mural for the city of Medellin. The bottom photo shows the draft he is working from. He was very happy to have his work on display for all to see. Next time I'm in town I'll be able to see the finished version.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Tuff Job

Truck Backing Up
Steep and Narrow Streets of Barrio Santo Domingo, Medellin, Colombia
I wouldn't want this guy's job backing up his truck all day long on these steep inclines to delivery goods to the local merchants. Not only is it very steep but the streets are narrow and there's lots of traffic adding to the difficulty of the job. I wonder how often he gets his brakes checked?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Colorful Entrance

Barrio Santo Domingo, Medellin, Colombia
I'm not sure if this is a school or a home? Either way, there's no mistaking the entrance to this place and I would imagine finding this building for the first time would pose no problem also.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Barrio Santo Domingo

Young girl sweeping stairs
Young girl going inside her home
Daily life in the Barrio Santo Domingo section of Medellin. I wonder if these two girls know each other?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Biblioteca Espana

Biblioteca Espana
View of Medellin from Biblioteca Espana
The black building in the center is a library called Biblioteca Espana, it is build right in the middle of what was once one of the worst neighborhoods in Medellin, during the heyday of the drug wars in Colombia.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Steep Streets

Going Down Hill

Going Up Hill

And Down Again
As I mention in yesterdays post you have to got through a mountain range to get to Medellin, you'll ascend over 9,000 feet before reaching  the city. So, because Medellin, is surrounded by mountain  it makes the streets pretty steep in places. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Road to Medellin



When traveling to Medellin, Colombia, it quite a picturesque drive from the airport to the actual city of Medellin, because of the mountainous terrain  that surrounds the city it made landing planes difficult whereby they moved the airport about a forty minute drive from the city.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Animal People

Young people in support of animal rights.
Young people dress like animals to support the favorite pet. I always thought this was more of an American thing but apparently has spread to other parts of the world. Photo taken in Plaza de Bolivar, Bogota, Colombia

Friday, October 21, 2011

Lights Camera Action!!

Movie Set Bogota, Colombia
I stumbled across this movie set in Bogota, the other day. I struck up a converstion with the producer of the show and asked him if he needed any authentic looking actors, he gladly took my phone number and I'm still waiting for a call.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Contrast of Buildings

A tale of two buildings. The blue one is obvious care for with someone living in it and the other one with graffiti looks abandon or at best, just not well care for since this is an expense neighborhood in the Candelaria section of Bogota.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Another Working Horse

Horse pulling Cart
Yesterdays post featured working horses of another kind, horses that are well cared for and probably live in barns. This horse, works hard all day pulling a cart for his owner and having to dodge traffic along the way.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Work Horse

Down through the ages horses have always been use to assist man in his work, that still holds true today. As I was walking  the streets of Bogota, I could hear the sound of hoofs echoing down the street as the local police department were bring there horses back from a public display of there magnificent animals. I believe they had about a dozen horses that they were showing the public that day.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mural

Mural, Bogota, Colombia
I came across this Mural the other day and wanted to photograph it. I didn't realize at first that there was a man passed out at the bottom of it. I felt bad for the poor guy for I really don't like showing people at there low point, but it also a fact of life in every major city through out the world, some worst than others.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Biking

Man talking to wife on cell phone.

Young rider on a short lease.
On Sundays, in Colombia, biking is very big. They even close one of the main drags in the city so that cyclist can ride freely without  having to watch for traffic.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Marimba Player

Humberto the Marimba Player
This young man was happyly playing his marimba on the streets of Bogota. He can be heard at  quite a distance as the sound of music echoed down the busy streets.  I actual saw him the next day in a completely different part of town. He really gets around and I don't think he has an agent.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Barrio La Candelaria

Walking the Streets of Barrio La Candelaria
The Old and the New
This is a great neighborhood in Bogota, for walking around and taking photos. There locals there are also friendly and make you feel welcome as you admire there old homes and churches.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mini Market

This is a typical little market that you'll sometimes see in Bogota. Note the man standing outside. There's no entrance to the store for safety reasons, you just place your order from outside.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Police Presence

Military Police in Barrio La Candelaria, Bogota
In Colombia you'll see a lot of Military Police presence and Security of all kind just about everywhere you go. This actually makes it easier for me to photograph an place I'm in knowing they are there.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Coconuts

Sampling Coconut Water
This tourist  from Germany, the man on the right is sampling some coconut water for the first time from a vendor who also sells roasted candy made from this delicious fruit. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Street Vendors

Woman Roasting Corn
Man Selling Chorizo
Yes, you can eat cheap in Bogota, Colombia. And there's no shortage of all kinds of food for sale in the streets. $1.500 pesos for chorizo is less than a one US dollar and the corn is just pennies.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Churches

Catedral Primada en la Plaza de Bolivar
Iglesia de la Candelaria
Iglesia de San Francisco-400 Years Old
In some Latin American countries like Brazil, and Colombia, I have observed that the Evangelical movement is very strong with many people leaving the Catholic Church in favor of the Full Gospel message that is being preached. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God. Also, In the last days the Bible says, I will pour out my spirit on all flesh. I believe this happening already. Good will always conquer evil and the  Gospel of Jesus Christ will have its way.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Backpacking

Backpacking is popular in South and Central America. It's an inexpensive way to see the country. These three guys are from somewhere in Europe, either Germany, or Holland, I gather from there accents. They looked tired as they probably have been walking for sometime with there heavey packs up and down the hilly streets of Bogota.

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Juan Valdez Cafe

The Real Deal
All gone
Local Artist enjoying a cup
Yes the coffee in Colombia, is very good! And what better place is there to have a cup than at the The Juan Valdez Cafe conveniently located in the heart of the historic district in Bogota.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

La Familia

This family from Bogota was nice enough to let me photography them the other day in the Barrio La Candelaria section of the the city.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Lamas

Well, all the kids were having fun taking turns sitting on the Lama and having there picture taken the other day at the Plaza de Bolivar, in Bogota. These animals seem very gentle as people would crowd around them wanting to pet them.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Dog Owners

Well they say that dog owners sometimes resemble there pets. You be the judge?