My bicycle was stolen in downtown Bogota today.
I went to People Training gym at Calle 19 with Septima. I locked my bicycle to the same bicycle parking station I always use. I used the cable lock that I’ve had since starting to ride bikes in Bogota in mid 2009.
I went upstairs and did my training. Just before finishing it started raining. I decided to order a protein shake at the juice bar and wait for the rain to stop. I’d never had a protein shake at this place.
Before becoming my protein shake, these ingredients were put in the blender:
- 1 generous cup of cold pasta
- 3 heaping tablespoons of white sugar
- 1 banana
- 1 modest scoop of vanilla protein powder
- 6 oz water
It tasted like sugar with a hint of banana.
(Read Weightlifting in Latin America.)
It stopped raining soon after my protein shake. I went outside and saw my bicycle was gone. I looked east up 19, then ran to the corner looking in each direction, as if the thief had just left. Nothing.
I took the bus home.
19 and Septima is a busy intersection. There are usually other bikes locked at the same station I use. But sometimes you get bad luck. Your bike was there the moment the little thief bastard was passing with his hedge clippers or whatever he used. Nobody would’ve noticed if he did it quickly and discretely.
I take solace in having gone as long as I have without getting a bike stolen until now. It’s common in Bogota. I’ll buy another tomorrow.
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