The Graffiti tour was one of my highlights from all of my time in Latin America. I love street art in general, but I especially appreciated this tour, as I learned about the artists themselves and the political messages behind many of the art pieces.
The image below is of a homeless man with a paper bag on his head. This image is meant to bring to light the reality of many homeless people in Bogota. The artist chose to portray this person with a bag on their head, to represent the 'invisibility' of people in this situation.
The two images below are political statements with similar messages, both done by an artist called "DJ Lu." The image on the left refers to the mining industry in Colombia - both because of the poor working conditions of those in this field, as well as the displacement of local Colombians when big mining industries take over their land. The pineapple-grenade refers to the displacement of local small-farmers in Colombia, when big fruit companies such as Dole take their land.
I was able to try some yummy new food in Bogota. Arepas are corn flatbreads filled with cheese. They are delicious and found being sold by many street vendors. I also tried "fruit salad" - what I thought would be cut up slices of fruit.... In Colombia a fruit salad includes shredded cheese, ice cream, and some times cookies. Another popular treat here is regular hot chocolate, but served with melted cheese inside.
Monserrate is a mountain in Bogota. We took the 'teleferico' cable car up to the top for a view of the city, a church, and to try the hot chocolate with cheese and arepas.
"El Ladron" / Fernando Botero / 1980
"Una Familia" / Fernando Botero / 1989
"Caballo" / Fernando Botero / 1998
"Hombre Sentado con Pipa" / Pablo Picasso / 1969
"Arles: El Ruedo Delante del Rodano" / Pablo Picasso / 1960
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