Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Laureate Bogotá

16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates arrives in Bogotá

The 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates brought a powerful message of peace, forgiveness and inclusion. Ex-combatants dressed in white walked and danced around the stage to the words of Gabriel García Márquez then passed white ribbon through the crowd before leaving their final message: “We are going to weave peace.” We explore four key topics of the event.
Parque Bicentenario Bogotá

Parque Bicentenario: New parklife

The recently opened Parque Bicentenario breathes new life into central Bogotá and represents an innovative reclamation of lost public space. Jazid Contreras looks at the story behind this new landmark.
Colombia peace agreement, Colombia peace process

Realities of an imperfect peace

The new year for Colombia begins with the first major steps towards peace, following the historic signing of an agreement between the government and the FARC last year. Emma Newbery examines some of the teething problems and how they are being addressed.
Ask Jazid, dar papaya

To kiss or not to kiss?

In a new column that aims to answer your questions about Colombian etiquette, customs, and a host of other things that might puzzle visitors to the country, Jazid Contreras valiantly takes up the role of agony uncle. This edition he gives you a Colombian guide to friendly physical contact.
La Familia Ayara, Don Popo, Rap Bogotá

La Familia Ayara: Voices of the barrios

‘People living in violence and oppression aren’t used to expressing their opinions, but rap debate can let them, and it seems less offensive because it’s art’, says Don Popo, founder of La Familia Ayara. Phoebe Hopson finds out more about the innovative organisation that is empowering people through rap.
billete de 100 mil, new 100 mil note colombia

The new billete de 100 mil: Easy to spend or not?

This year, Colombia introduced a new family of notes to match the new coins released at the end of 2012. As the new billete de 100 mil becomes a more regular feature in our wallets, Oli Pritchard takes to the streets to find out how easy they are to spend.
Bogotá tremor

Bogotá tremor: Stirred, but not shaken

There’s no finding fault with Gerald Barr’s latest column on life here as he moves onto shaky ground following the recent tremor in the city.
Rostros, Rastros y Trazos, Daniel Esquivia Zapata

Rostros, Rastros y Trazos: A mural to remember

Rostros, Rastros y Trazos, a mural depicting life-sized portraits of nine murdered teachers and activists alongside words that reflect their lives will soon be unveiled in the National Pedagogical University. Christina Noriega talked with Daniel Esquivia Zapata, the artist who created the powerful images.
Bogotá weather

Weathering the Bogotá weather

Rain? Sun? Hail? In his latest column on some of the idiosyncrasies of life here, Gerald Barr says your guess on Bogotá weather is as good as his.
Bogotá buildings, La Rebecca, Torre Colpatria, Bogotá architecture

Bogotá buildings: Central to the city’s history

Although they may often go unnoticed, some of Bogotá’s most noteworthy buildings offer an intriguing insight into the capital’s past, as Chris Erb and Eduardo Cote discover.

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Hiking Bogotá, Quebrada Las Delicias, Quebrada La Vieja, Bogotá´s Mountain trails

Hiking Bogotá: The hills are alive with the sound of walkers!

Having a huge forest reserve right on the edge of the city makes for some excellent hill walking. Gerald Barr is on hand with a guide to hiking Bogotá mountain trails.
La Niña

La Niña: Life after war

La Niña is a new series which follows the life of a woman trying to escape her past as a guerrilla fighter in a fitting story for Colombia’s current situation. Jazid Contreras speaks to director Rodrigo Triana.
Gym Bogotá, Gym routine Bogotá

Gym routine: Keeping the motivation

Struggling to stay on track with your new year’s resolution to get fit? Siddharth Mohan speaks to some experts about the world of fitness, your gym routine, and how to stay motivated.
Santa Fe

A portrait of Santa Fe

Once a prestigious district, home to poets, intellectuals, traders and merchants, Santa Fe is now a red light zone, home instead to strip clubs, sex workers and brothels. Fayida Jailler speaks to two artists who are working to capture the realities of Santa Fe, an area that has become synonymous with sex.
English Grammar, English Prepositions

A proposition of prepositions

Spanish prepositions are quite easy and have some very basic rules. However, this is not the case for English prepositions. As Oliver Pritchard explains, they’re easy to get wrong, but not hard to get right. So practise, practise and practise some more!
trust in Colombia, Colombia peace process

Making Colombians trust again

If you’ve lived in Colombia long enough, you will have heard locals say that you can’t trust anyone here and that you need to be cautious (no des papaya!). Veronika Hoelker and Julia Lledín examine the importance of trust and confidence-building measures in the post-agreement phase.

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