Where do people meet to relax or to make some small talk? From a Guinea pig race in a square in Bogota to a banja in Latvia and from a nighttime parking lot in Surinam to a Rollerdisco for older folks in New York: Metropolis hangs around in the world.
Where do people gather to relax or to discuss the latest gossip? Metropolis visits guinea pig races on a square in Bogotá, the ‘banja’ in Latvia, a parking place in Surinam and a rollerdisco for elderly people in New York. Let’s hang out!
In the capital of Colombia, Bogotá, Eduardo Bedolla organizes guinea pig races. He puts the little rodents on the ground, surrounded by small gates so people can bet on the gates the guinea pig will run through. At the same square, we find fruit sellers, merchants, musicians and a singer.
About 1800 kilometres to the east is Surinam, where we will visit On-the-run, the parking place of a gasstation and restaurant. It’s one of many places where the youth of Paramaribo is hanging out and talk and flirt.
In Latvia, a family is visiting the ‘banja’: a traditional Russian sauna where people hit each other with birch twigs.
And in New York we’ll meet 64 year old Chester who’s skating and dancing in the last rollerdisco in New York. Once this place was a popular hang out, but now there’s mainly old skaters from the disco era.