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Colombia - Cali

30 °C

Big, bustling, hot and loud....Cali was our first big Colombian city, and it was great. We actually felt like we were in a different part of the world unlike other relaxed South American cities where we don´t always feel that far from home. It felt sketchy, there were people shouting, selling fruit and juices on the side of the street, open air bars and cafes on every corner. No shortage of quality coffee in this part of the world! Everyone we encountered was friendly, and trying to help, by telling us to watch our bags (i didn´t think we stood out that much!)

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We joined in on some salsa classes in the hostel (Iguana) then tried out some moves on a night out on the town... Cali is known as the salsa capital of Colombia, before they learn how to walk, they learn how to dance. They are very proud and rightly so, they are extremely good dancers. We were lucky enough to be taken out by a local man and salsa expert, who showed us some great clubs that play classic salsa music where we experienced the lifeblood of Cali. We settled in had a drink - which consisted of a bottle of rum on the table, and a shot glass each. With that down the hatch we braved the floor, surrounded by rhythmic Afro-Colombians, we were never going to blend in. All the same it was a great night, and a little better after being taken for a spin by a local or two!

We had a great time, apart from the walk to the bus station...In the centre of town Paul thought it would be a good idea to fall over, head first and found himself pinned down under his big backpack! (I was laughing too hard to help)

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Posted by TheNomadWay.com 17:00 Archived in Colombia

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