Faces: Colombia pt. 1

Every year, in between those lazy limbo days after Christmas and before New Years, my hometown of Cali throws a week-long extraordinary salsa festival unlike any other. So famous is the Feria de Cali, that many around the world travel to see the almost supernatural dancers twist and turn incredibly fast, sprinkling flavor across the stage with an intricate agility. The salsa culture in Cali has become its most representative feature, schools ranging from ages 3 and up are easily found, always polishing and perfecting the next best dancers. The delicious dance entices travelers from all over, who visit Cali just to even get a whiff of the appetizing movements and have a stab at it. The Feria not only demonstrates the rich culture of Cali but also of Colombia in general, through one of the most joyous human forms of expression, dancing. 

My trip to Colombia was not planned at all. But one thing and another piled up and it just happened to be that I spent Christmas, New Years, and a wedding in my beloved country. I could talk about Colombia forever, there’s a plethora of experiences and memories I could share. But I feel as though the time I dedicated to visiting this time around wasn’t for traveling but rather seeing loved ones. For this reason, I have little to share with the public, for now. 

One day, I will pack my bag and devote my indivisible attention to one of the most beautiful countries in the world. 

Before viewing the pictures it is of the utmost importance that you accompany them with this song. And don’t tell you I didn’t warn you, the music will make you shimmy. You may proceed. 

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On a day trip, we met these hilariously happy firemen and women who were celebrating the end of the year. They were swimming by the river and grilling gloriously scented fish. 
Lilaaa
The most marvelous man in the world, Buu
Adri y yo <3
Salteando el chontaduro y cubriendolo en miel, mmm
This lovely Nasa Yuwe man welcomed us into his community. He didn’t speak a lick of Spanish but via body language, we managed. 

Song title: Oiga Mire Vea by Orquesta Guayacán

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