Since I’ll be bombarding this post with pictures, I’ll try to keep the writing to a minimum. I’ll try.
So today was pretty tiring. I woke at the break of dawn like everybody else because I didn’t want to be left behind on any trips planned on the whim. Good thing I did because a good portion of family decided to go to the centro. The centro is basically the center, the heart, the soul of the village. It is the busiest part of Buga. People are walking to and fro buying clothes, goods, shoes, and whatever else they need; or they’re simply trying to have a little fun. People stroll around with a raspao in one hand and a sense of adventure in the other.
For a foreigner, crossing the streets in this area can be a little scary (at least it was for me). There is plenty of traffic consisting mostly of motorcycles rather than cars because they are sold cheaper and are more convenient–especially since the streets are so narrow. What’s really intriguing is that every now and then you can hear the pitter patter of hooves belonging to a horse. It’s amazing to see the merging of two worlds: the old and the new. Don’t you think?
Well, I have a lot more to say but I’ll let the photos say it for me.
The family walking to the centro.
Many people here in Buga make a living out of small businesses from inside or outside their homes. A small store with everyday items to sell is always near.
Motorcycles and horses share the roads of Buga
This bus is called a CHIVA. It is a typical symbol of Colombia. I have yet to actually ride one.
Graffiti is universal. The words on the right translate to “people of the sun”
There are goodies everywhere in Buga. These candies cannot be found elsewhere outside of Colombia. Unless they’re exported.
BON! BON! BUM! My favorite lollipop.
Business on wheels.
There’s a part in the center of the busy area of Buga where people can sit down have an ice cream and rest .
My cousin’s house
In Colombia most people don’t have washing machines because their houses usually have the thing you see in the upper left corner of the picture. They use it to wash their clothes by hand.
The houses are interesting here.
So I found a hand chair.. and sat on it.
I want one of these.
My family and I went out to eat and we ordered huge burgers. We could barely bite into them.
I thought I would devire the burger, but it devired me.
The restaurant had this on display and my heart fluttered
I had to take a picture.