So last Sunday was a day called Día del Peatón. Directly translated, the word peatón in English means pedestrian – a person who travels by foot, which is exactly what this day was all about. A highly anticipated tradition here in Cochabamba by the population created to appreciate the nature, to do sports and be with family. Therefore it’s prohibited during this day to drive any motor vehicles in the city (9AM-17PM) in order to let the people enjoy a day free from noise and traffic. This tradition occurs 3 times a year, the first sunday of april, september and december.
Except for that every Sunday here is market day, meaning that in every neighbourhood and in parts of the city people put up their markets stalls on the streets and sell everything from pets to fresh vegetables, this sunday there was also lots and lots of activities and performances in the main streets, squares and parks.
…As I biked in to one of the usually most busiest streets of Cocha called Avenida America, I passed many of these market stalls and activities. I passed families walking, biking and roller skating together. The whole city had this harmonic and peaceful vibe to it. Antoher thing I love about Bolivia is how much they like listening to music, it doesn’t matter whether you are in -or outdoors, there will be at least one speaker set up by someone playing the latin music Cumbia, and this Sunday was no exception.
I enjoyed my Sunday with my friend Diego. We strolled down the streets and observed all these people, we had a beer & just enjoyed a simple sunday without having to care about the traffic, which is normally constantly bugging you one way or the other in this city.
I loved it, maybe Sweden and other countries should follow in Cochabambas footsteps with this tradition? 🙂