Different, but the same

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Photo by John Otis


The human experience is not homogeneous, even within groups that are united by any number of commonalities. This is not a particularly profound notion, but its one I've come to appreciate after moving to the United States. This video about cycling in southern Bogota touches on some of the differences between riding in Colombia and places like the United States and Western Europe. The reasons for riding and the circumstances are different, but a unifying factor still exists. I'm not sure I know what it is, but it's there. It's something that draws adult men and women to an object that is (in essence) a childhood toy, and makes them wear very tight attire. Who knows what it is, but it's a comforting thought to know that it exists.