Posts Tagged ‘donkey’

‘Gaddafi’ won at Donkey Festival

April 26, 2011

As promised some pictures from the Donkey festival in San Antero, Colombia. Burrafhi (Donkdafi) won, you’ll see who it is. Enjoy!

'Gaddafi' and his lot won the mister donkey elections
After the Donkey Festival

After the Donkey Festival


‘We have denigrated the donkey too much’

April 22, 2011

Alcides Anaya with his donkey Renault 4

Peasant Alcides Anaya with his donkey Renault 4. He'll be honoured during the festival.

He’s going on 65 but looks 10 years younger, the inventor of San Antero’s Donkey Festival, Cristobal Correa, teacher in the village and room renter in nearby tourist hub Coveñas. The donkey has to be revaluated, he stresses. “We have denigrated it too much, kicking it and calling it stupid and stubborn”, he says. I tell him these days I’ve hardly seen donkeys in the village. Mostly motorcycles and quite a lot. “Those motorcycles do well on paved roads”, he smiles, “but on tiny paths up hill they’re useless. You do need a donkey!

Preparing for Donkey Festival

April 21, 2011
A parked donkey in San Antero's main street

A parked donkey in San Anteros main street

There’s something special about San Antero’s Donkey Festival this year: it can be truely celebrated. Why, would you say, what nonsense are you talking? Well, it isn’t. Yesterday the mayor told me in 2011 there haven’t been any killings yet in the village. I didn’t believe him. This area on the coast of one of Colombia’s most violent regions, Córdoba, where drugs transports leave every day, cannot be suddenly peaceful. Yet it appears he wasn’t lying.


Modern life in my home country Holland

June 25, 2009

DSC04149Since a few days I am in my home country Holland and as always I am surprised about how modern, healthy and clean everyone and everything looks. (more…)

Donkey Festival not possible in Holy Week

April 9, 2009

ezelfestival-0409Each year the village of San Antero in the north of Colombia celebrates its Donkey Festival in the Holy Week. This year the Catholic has protested fiercely, because the festival is not convenient in a week of prayer and contemplation. But I don’t think the Church has any chance. (more…)