June Carolyn Erlick is the editor-in-chief of ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America and the author of Disappeared: A Journalist Silenced. Her new book is A Gringa in Bogotá: Living Colombia's Invisible War.
As elections in Colombia rapidly approach, I think about horses in Bogotá.
This is not a non sequitur.
When I arrived in Bogotá as a young journalist in 1975, I was struck by the contrast between its cultural richness and lingering rural quality. Horses, cows and roosters inhabited the same space along with opera, world-class bookstores and dynamic discotheques.