“One of the most dangerous places on the planet”
“Nothing but drugs, guerrilla’s and bombs”
Colombia’s travel board nicely tapped into those prejudices with their slogan: “The only risk is wanting to stay.”
They nailed it.
Colombia has shown to be one of the most amazing and diverse countries in South America. Rich of a great variety of nature and most of all a nation of warm and welcoming people.
All this said, the country did get it’s name not without a reason. It has been a very divided place to live with a big gap between rich and poor. Even today they still have a long way to go where especially in the bigger cities like its capital Bogotá the immense financial gap between rich and poor can be seen. It makes it for a very interesting city to visit.
We all know the cliche’s. They usually exist because they are true. For the kids who have nothing in Bogotá football is one of the ways to find their moment of joy.
Bogotá is a very liberal city as it comes to graffiti. Youngsters are aloud to spray on whatever they want. Only off limits are governmental and private property. This causes for massive graffitified areas of the city where the city council comes by with a brush and some paint every now and then. In this case a part of the neighborhood was refreshed with a coat of blue but this little work of art managed to stand the test of time being painted around.
Some locals go so far as to get the local youth to do up their run down facades. With some relatively cheap graffiti they achieve absolutely gorgeous works of art.
This piece is done by one of Bogotá’s famous female graffiti artists. It symbolizes her tough childhood and her resurrection by leaving it behind and the new life she managed to create for herself. The indigenous Colombian hummingbird stands symbol for her resurrected phoenix. The old man sleeping beneath it adding even more to its symbology.