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Mike Ceaser

Mike Ceaser

I grew up in N. California, but also worked for several newspapers in the southern U.S. To improve my Spanish, I traveled to Chile, where I taught English, then to La Paz, Bolivia for several years, to Paraguay and then to Venezuela, where I covered Hugo Chavez's 'revolution' for foreign media. But I became disillusioned with chavismo and wanted to see Colombia, which did not receive the attention it deserved, so I came to Bogotá about six years ago. After three years, I started Bogotá Bike Tours.

Blog entries tagged in la candelaria

Green stones from Colombia, Bogotá's Emerald District


Colombia is known for its coffee, but it plays a much bigger role in the world emerald market, where it produces more than half of the stones - and some of the best ones.

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  • Leigh Parsons
    Leigh Parsons says #
    Hi Mike, did you buy any emeralds on the street. If so were they good value.

Noche de las Velitas in La Candelaria


To me, one of Bogotá's prettiest and most touching traditions is the annual Noche de las Velitas, or Night of the Little Candles, which symbolically inaugurates the Christmas season. Bogotanos, particularly in La Candelaria, put lighted candles in doorways, windowsills and sidewalks.

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Gabo in La Candelaria


On the 30th anniversary of Gabriel García Marquéz's Nobel Prize for literature, it seems worthwhile to look at a little-know chapter in his life: his time in Bogotá's La Candelaria neighborhood.

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  • ´Villa de leyva
    ´Villa de leyva says #
    I love the old man "GaBo", thanks for him Colombia have the meening of magical realism. Nice pictures of de Bogotas down town...
  • Jorge Orlando Melo
    Jorge Orlando Melo says #
    I forgot the image of the building in 7 with Jimenez. The building (Colombiana de Tabaco) was destroyed in 1956-57 to build El Tie...

Art in La Candelaria


While most of Bogotá's art galleries are located in the Zona Rosa and Macarena neighborhoods, the last few years more galleries have opened in La Candelaria, the city's historical center.

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