The centre of Barranquilla is, in my opinion, one of the most interesting places in the city. It is full of life, from the busy market to the coffee street sellers, to the men in shop doors, singing and dancing all day in order to encourage people inside. There is also a great amount of fantastic architecture, although, sadly, a lot of the buildings are very run-down. In fact, the poverty in this area is very clear - many homeless people are to be seen, lying sleeping in doorways and street corners all around the centre. In short, it sums up - for me - Colombia itself: a country with a wonderful cultural history and much to offer, but still many problems to be addressed.
I had the chance to go with a locally-organised event and take photos of this fascinating part of the city, and below is the result. There is so much more I could say about El Centro, but I think in this case, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. As a wise person once said, a picture paints a thousand words. So here they are:
For more photos from this event, have a look at the competition finalists from last year.