|Bogotá has some decent cycle paths; there could always be more of course.|
When the rainy season visits Bogotá it generally makes you question, more than usual, what you're doing here. So the wet weather hasn't really been missed, for the moment in any case.
Now it must be noted that coinciding with this extended, exceptionally dry period is Colombia's chief holiday season. For roughly the past four weeks it's largely been work to rule, if you work at all that is. The country's on a go slow and will be for about another week. What this means for Bogotá is that there are fewer people and consequently less traffic about. Commuting in the capital is almost fun. This is an important factor: the rain may make the traffic that bit worse but it's not a whole lot better in sunshine when the place is in full swing.
|Mayor Cool: Enrique Peñolosa (photo from Facebook).|
I'd generally been reluctant to use a bike in Bogotá for a number of reasons. Firstly, if I'd a class a good distance away, arriving all sweaty or soaking wet or both didn't really appeal. If the class was inside an hour's walk away, I'd go by foot. Then there was (and is) the security issue: Where do I securely stow the bike so it won't get robbed? Not all places are bike friendly and you run the risk of it being stolen tying it up in public.
However, right now with 'my' bike, both those problems don't really come into play: I don't have many classes so it's usually just for social reasons I cycle and where ever I go I tend to have a secure place to leave the bike.
|Water fight in Bogotá; in other parts there's none to drink.|
All this could change in the coming weeks. If and when the rain returns, biking around Bogotá will be much less fun, nay impossible on some routes. When the masses return it will be more chaotic.
Then there's the small matter that in a few weeks I won't have access to the bike I’m using — it's a perk that comes with the nice apartment and temperamental cat (there's always a downside) I'm currently looking after.
Thus, it's a case of enjoying things while I can. It's a given that I'll have to vacate the apartment and leave the bike behind. Plus, it's unlikely that this sunny weather will keep up. If it were to, our water might be regularly cut off for conservation purposes. Goodness, we might begin to feel the adverse effects of El Niño then, just like the rest of the country is right now. Oh spare us the hardship, please.
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