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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.

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El Pasaje Rivas: 120 Years of Colombianness!


The Pasaje Rivas, a central Bogotá market which offers the essence of Colombianness, commemorated its 120th anniversary this week. The L-shaped pasaje connects Carrera Decima to Calle 10, and is full of souvenirs, furniture, clothing and lots more. Its vendors are proud that the pasaje pioneered the retail trade in Bogotá.

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Central Bogotá's Neighborhoods


While Bogotá hasn't experienced waves of foreign immigration like many other Latin American capitals, the city's neighborhoods do have characteristic personalities, formed during the city's growth north and south from the historical center.

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A Hidden Treasure: The Archivo de Bogotá

During my seven years in Bogotá, one point of reference for me has been the the city's official archive: El Archivo de Bogotá. The word archive conjures up images of grey people shuffling down rows of dusty shelfs weighed down with forgotten documents. And, for all I know, that may be accurate. But I've been interested in the Archive's often insightful exhibitions about odd and interesting bits of Colombian history and culture: writers, photographers and long-play record artists.

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    Que bueno que nos motives a conocer este lugar que se constituye memoria de la ciudad y posiblemente de la nación. ¡Es tan difícil...

An Afternoon at the Guinea Pig Races


They're a common sight along Bogotá's Sunday Ciclovia near the San Francisco Church: Several guinea pigs lined up on the sidewalk facing some colorful overturned bowls.What are they? Surprisingly, they're trained athletes, participating in what must be one of the world's most eccentric contests: the guinea pig races.

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