Bogotá: A Haunted Walk On A Rainy Day

Building El Tiempo, Bogota Colombia

To know Bogotá along with its past is very easy, because her past is always present, available to everyone who can truly appreciate it.  In its nineteenth-century houses of colonial eaves and balconies is where the neighborhood of La Candelaria hides its ghosts; ghosts that once inhabited hidden courtyards and hallways.

A Transmetro station in Bogota, Colombia   A volkswagen bettle parked on the streets of La Candelaria, Bogota

Rain bathed cobblestones, like petrified loaves of bread, reflect the clopping feet of man and beast.  A family of umbrellas held by long departed souls; their bobbing ceased by the artist’s hand.

A typical street in La Candelaria.  Colonial architecture that has been kept rather well.   La Candelaria on a rainy day.  Bogota, Colombia

“I walked the avenue, ’til my legs felt like stone, I heard the voices of friends, vanished and gone, At night I could hear the blood in my veins, It was just as black and whispering as the rain, …” – Bruce Springsteen

28 Responses to Bogotá: A Haunted Walk On A Rainy Day

  1. Re the first photo: When I was a kid there were two newspapers – El Tiempo and La Republica. There were two boys on opposite street corners, papers under their arms, shouting – almost singing out – “El Tiempo” and the echo…”La Republica.” I can still hear them.
    I love the photo of the man in a ruana walking down a colonial street with Monserrate in the background. A nice memory, frozen in time. You don’t see the ruanas much anymore, but everyone used to wear one – including me.

    cindamackinnon August 16, 2014 at 6:03 PM Reply
    • Cinda, those must’ve been transforming times for Bogotá. I would love to be able to take a trip back in time to experience that. Talking about ruanas, you still see a lot of people wearing them in Tunja, where it can get really cold. On one of my trips I purchased one and brought it back to Toronto. It’s one of my all-time favourite souvenirs. Do you have one?

      Will Castillo August 22, 2014 at 1:10 PM Reply
  2. I love the beautifully mysterious and moody words and photos to capture Bogota on a rainy day. Liked it so much, I’m going back to read and look again.

    Cathy Sweeney August 20, 2014 at 1:10 AM Reply
    • Cathy, you’re too kind. I love how are beautiful world can talk to us through so many different channels.

      Will Castillo August 22, 2014 at 1:05 PM Reply
  3. The moody skies of the photos really fit in well with the words – I tend to only like taking photos when it’s sunny but the weather can really add to the atmosphere.

    Lucy Dodsworth August 20, 2014 at 11:10 AM Reply
    • Thanks Lucy. It was pathetic fallacy at its best… overcast skies, storms, really do something to me.

      Will Castillo August 22, 2014 at 1:04 PM Reply
  4. These photos are lovely! I really like the one with the Volkswagen bug.

    workmomtravels August 20, 2014 at 1:14 PM Reply
    • Thank you Francesca! That’s one of my favourites too. That Volkswagen is very photogenic.

      Will Castillo August 22, 2014 at 1:02 PM Reply
  5. Ahh, that last photo… It reminds me of a street in Quito. I’ve only had a layover in Bogota and, as you know, Colombia is next on my South American bucket list. Can’t wait to go & see beyond the airport.

    Pola (JettingAround) (@jettingaround) August 22, 2014 at 2:28 AM Reply
    • I know, I was reading your post where you mentioned you would have loved to go past the airport. It’s one of those cities that certainly draws you in, right away. Tons to see and do as well. I know you would love La Candelaria neighbourhood, it’s very rad.

      Will Castillo August 22, 2014 at 12:59 PM Reply
  6. These are the streets that I walked in my puberty. La Iglesia de la candelaria, at la cuarta con once corner. The library Luis Angel Arango close by. Inclusive in one of those picture is the house I lived in it. For an instant I was transfer to that place that I keep deep in my heart. Thank you.

    William Bautista August 22, 2014 at 4:28 PM Reply
    • William, it’s a pleasure to be able to do that with my camera. It’s why I do this. Thank you for sharing something so personal to you with me.

      Will Castillo August 23, 2014 at 12:14 AM Reply
  7. Wow it looks like an amazing city, even when it’s raining! I love how you describe that her past is very much present, it makes it sound like it’s so easy to capture the history of Bogota, and it looks like it from your pictures!

    Aggy (@dewtraveller) August 27, 2014 at 6:27 AM Reply
    • Thank you Aggy. The city has a lot of history and it’s very photogenic. I could walk around its streets for hours. She’s very enchanting. Do you have any plans on visiting?

      Will Castillo August 27, 2014 at 12:14 PM Reply
  8. Nice Pics 🙂

    eloyhanoi August 29, 2014 at 8:57 PM Reply
    • Thank you! But I can’t take all the credit. Bogota is very photogenic.

      Will Castillo August 29, 2014 at 10:30 PM Reply
  9. I agree with the others… Gorgeous shots. While I realize much of that is inherent in the location, you do have an eye for composition and lighting. (@mariafalvey) September 11, 2014 at 3:10 AM Reply
    • Thank you Maria. I’m glad that you liked the shots.

      Will Castillo September 11, 2014 at 11:28 AM Reply
  10. Very interesting town, I see old and classic cars, but I also see a modern bus.
    I hope I can get there somehow this spring, I truly want to see and feel the place.

    Helen March 17, 2015 at 12:37 PM Reply
  11. Will, you truly know how to capture the essence of a city. Keep up the inspiring writing and amazing photography!

    Bibiana March 24, 2015 at 10:48 AM Reply
  12. I love rainy season & obviously i was trying to Walk On A Rainy Day on the road. when Nepal holiday come then i was try to do this and this moment is really enjoy full, thanks admin for the article.

    Shopnohin July 21, 2015 at 4:10 AM Reply
  13. I love rainy season & obviously i was trying to Walk On A Rainy Day on the road.

    Trekking Tour in Nepal July 21, 2015 at 4:25 AM Reply
  14. Wow, those photos really tell a story.

    Jess S November 7, 2015 at 4:27 AM Reply
    • Thank you very much for your comment. Truly appreciate it!

      Will Castillo November 20, 2015 at 12:19 PM Reply
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  16. I love rainy day and love to walk on day with drizzling.

    Justin James April 19, 2017 at 3:12 AM Reply
  17. nice post will with awesome photography dear…………

    Ema John July 21, 2017 at 7:06 AM Reply

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