A collection of stories by a foreigner who ventures to Cali, Colombia and discovers the unequalled warmth and friendliness of the local people.
On April 11, 2014, Ciudad Delirio, a Colombian-produced romantic comedy about salsa dancing, opened in theaters. It was filmed in Cali, Colombia.
Paisas often ask me if I have been to places in Colombia outside Medellín and my answer is a resounding, “Yes!” I tell them their country is so beautiful, I want to get to know all of it. I took a big step toward doing that last year, when I visited 20 places outside the […]
I met Benny (Fluent in 3 Months) when he arrived in Medellin last November for a 2-month stay in Colombia. He wanted to learn salsa in Colombia, so I referred him to my teacher, Yamile, at the dance studio I’ve used the last few years. In the first part of the video, you’ll see footage […]
Grupo Niche is a popular salsa group from Colombia, and Cali Pachanguero is one of their classics. You’re likely to hear this song play in just about any salsa club around the world, and for good reason — it’s catchy, high energy, and loads of fun for dancing. My favorite moment in the song is […]
The potent smell of fried empanadas drifts through the window. Horns are sounding all around as death-defying motorcyclists speed around gigantic buses overflowing with people. A man wears a clown nose and juggles three red balls at the intersection up ahead. The sounds of salsa and reggaeton blend together in a musical symphony that permeates […]
Two Fridays ago, I finished up another week at school and headed to a dentist appointment, followed by dinner and a movie with a friend. These are the types of evenings that truly make me feel as though I have built a life here in Colombia. I do things that make me happy, I explore […]