"Grandour and pomp fitting Gran Colombia" Bogotá by Assenczo

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There is something fishy in... Latin America

Just as other times when traveling through the ex colonies of Spain in the new world, traveling in Colombia and Ecuador brings up the questions of nation building and how it came about. It is more than obvious that the modern states of Latin America follow the administrative divisions of the Spanish Empire and as a result it is difficult to comprehend what turns them into different “nationalities”. The favourite trick is to highjack the symbols and traditions of the locals but this is rather pathetic attempt since the indigenous people are universally despised and by default kept in the lowest strata of society everywhere except in Bolivia.

As good as it gets

When comparing Colombia and Ecuador, it is intriguing to observe that the size and grandeur of the Spanish administrative division was passed over to the new republics. Consequently, the government buildings complex in the respective old towns is completely different in character. While the captaincy of Ecuador was of lower stature and had smaller budgets at hand, the viceroyalty of Nueva Granada, the future Colombia was full of powerful people ready to exhibit their might. So, as a result, today we witness the quaint but modest old town of Quito and the grand and opulent albeit worn out central Bogota.

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  • Pros:Gold or hides its all there for you to enjoy
  • Cons:Weather suggests it is an island not a continent
  • In a nutshell:A cosmos of Latin living
  • Last visit to Bogotá: Dec 2010
  • Intro Updated Oct 11, 2011
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