Photo from the Road: Severed Cow’s Head

Colombian Colonial Towns: Villa de Leiva
December 3, 2010
Botero in the Museo de Antioquia in Medellin
December 8, 2010

Photo from the Road: Severed Cow’s Head

This was the third weirdest thing I saw in Colombia (the top two coming soon). It is exactly what it looks like: two children moving a crate with a decapitated cow’s head inside. We were in the colonial village of Villa de Leiva when it started raining. So we ducked into a café for a coffee and saw these kids go by outside in the rain.

Text and Photo by Stephen Bugno

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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 20 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. Stephen Bugno says:

    Not sure about the Peruvians. The last time I had horse meat was in Kazakhstan.

  2. ayngelina says:

    It must be an animal head kind of day. I was at the market and I swear I saw a donkey or horse head being sold. Do Peruvians eat horses?

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