Archive for February, 2010

It is dry here

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

It’s been unseasonably hot in Bogotá as of late (well, Bogotá doesn’t have seasons per sé, but it’s not supposed to get this hot).

Part of the reason for this is that it hasn’t rained. But today it did—for about an hour. I guess that’s about enough to wet the dust down a little so we don’t have to breathe as much of it.

No Car Day

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Yesterday was “No Car Day” in Bogotá, meaning that no four-wheeled personal vehicles could be driven in the city. This only left buses, taxis, motorcycles, bikes, and feet for the city’s 8 million or so people to get around in or on, but it sure made traffic run more smoothly.

I noticed that people with SUVs were apparently exempt from the personal-vehicle ban. It might have something to do with the loophole in Colombian law that if you put a toolbox in your “truck,” you can register it as a service vehicle (although I’m not entirely convinced that it wasn’t simply because SUV owners generally are not required to follow rules, regardless of their country of residence).