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South America » Colombia » Cali September 5th 2008

Teil 1 - Die Anreise Nach 22 Stunden Reisezeit, zwei Flughafenzwischenstopps, drei Air-France- und einem Avianca-Tiefkühlmenü bin ich endlich sicher in Cali gelandet. Dort werden mich die Mutter von Anton, meinem kolumbianischen Mitbewohner, und seine Freundin abholen. Ich muss sagen, dass ich trotz aller Abendteuerlust, die man natürlich immer mit so einer Reise verbindet, in diesem Moment sehr froh bin, dass ich mich jetzt nicht mit Taxi-Suchen und Unterkunft-Organisieren rumschlagen muss. Während ich an der Gepäckausgabe stehe, läuft in meinen Kopf nochmals der Film der letzten 22 Stunden im Zeitraffer vor meinem inneren Auge ab. Um 4.15 heißt es aufstehen und los zum Flughafen. Da ich bisher leider nur 13 Semester Politikwissenschaft und Rhetorik studiert habe, nicht jedoch über ein Zusatzstudium zum Einchecken an den Air France „Self Check-In Terminals“ verfü... read more
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South America » Colombia » Cali August 8th 2008

Apparently as a Black Man visiting Colombia, I could not have come possibly hailed from the United States of These Americas...I´d been told that I had to either be Costeño or Caleño. Or my parents were. Or My Grandpappies. Or something. When I told Colombians that my Mom and Dad were from Virginia and South Carolina respectively, they´d ask where in Colombia that was. Seriously when I relayed my truthful origins to various folk I WAS called ¨Mentiroso! (Liar!)¨ with venomous vitriol, and a couple of very sad looks that implored me to embrace my heritage. And so I decided to go to Cali to see what the heck they were talking about. Cali! - There's Black Folk Here! I´d been told Cali wasn't the prettiest city in Colombia. I can now attest that this is ... read more
A Pretty Church
Sitting in Repose
The Two Sisters

South America » Colombia » Cali July 12th 2008

AGRADEZCO A DIOS TODOPODEROSO POR PRESTARME LA VIDA , A MIS PADRES POR TRAERME AL MUNDO , A HEIDI Y ALVARO POR EDUCARME, A MIS HERMANOS POR HACER EL ESFUERZO DE ENTENDERME. A JOHANNA POR SER LA MUJER QUE ES , A MI ASESOR Y MI GRAN AMIGO MILTON OBED POR ENSEÑARME A SER PRACTICO , EL VALOR DEL DINERO Y DARME TANTAS LECCIONES DE VIDA. A MIS AMIGOS DE SIEMPRE MACKENXI , ROBINSON Y ENRIQUE .POR MAS DE DIEZ AÑOS SIENDO HERMANOS , LOS LLEVO EN EL CORAZON. A DIEGO Y TODA SU FAMILIA POR SU AMISTAD INCONDICIONAL DE TANTOS AÑOS Y EL LUGAR QUE ME HAN BRINDADO SIEMPRE EN SU HOGAR. A MIS NUEVOS AMIGOS , GRACIAS POR EL TIEMPO Y SU APRECIO. DIOS , DAME SABIDURIA PARA LLEVAR UNA VIDA EQUILIBRADA ... ... read more

South America » Colombia » Cali June 25th 2008

After all the warnings of gringos being kidnapped or falsely accused of drug smuggling I have to say Colombia was almost a bit of a let-down. Apart from the style of salsa being different and maybe having a few more mountains, on first impressions, I can't say it struck me as being all that different from Ecuador. The scenery in southern Colombia as we crossed the border and made our way towards Pasto was certainly breathtaking and the caminetta decided to liven things up a bit by taking every turn (and there were a great number of these) at breakneck speed. No wonder caminettas can make the journey to Cali in three hours less than the buses! The only annoying thing about the public transport system in Colombia is, unlike Ecuador where the buses (generally) leave ... read more
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Museum in Cali

South America » Colombia » Cali June 11th 2008

Tomorrow will be the anniversary of my arrival in Cali, a city in Colombia near the Pacific coast in the central-south of the country. Famous for the beautiful women (las Calenas), salsa, sugar cane, and the most fertile land in the world second only to the Nile. Also, the city has the most displaced people living here second only to areas of the Sudan. I can't believe I have only been here one week, I feel like it has been at least a month already. Those of you who know me well, or even a little, probably realize that I could go on for pages into intimate details of stories that may not be in consecutive order or connected at all. In order to save that torture for my journal, I am to share only particularly ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Cali May 13th 2008

Hola, Amigos! Our trip in Cartagena continued with school and sight seeing. I learn more about Tony each day. He finally got grumpy one day after class when his teacher started going over irregular verb conjugations in the present tense. He wanted the rule for irregular verb conjugations. I tried to explain there was no rules, you just have to memorize which ones they are, that is why they are called irregular. He grumbled for a while but quickly got over it when we toured the Palace of the Inquisition where Roman Catholic tribunals executed witches and heretics and realized that some people have really bad days. At the Palace, we splurged for a guide who spoke English. Along with some gruesome displays of how ghastly one man can torture and kill another man the palace ... read more
Gold Museum
One of the Many Cali Salsa Clubs
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South America » Colombia » Cali April 22nd 2008

When I went to meet the kids I was planning to volunteer with they were sitting quietly watching TV but I was immediately jumped on and hugged by 4 little monkeys called, Jhon, Yahaira, Nicole and Cristian Duane. I clearly wasn’t the first foreign volunteer they had seen and without any further questions or introductions I was dragged out to the patio area where they had all their toys to play with them. I had wanted to do some volunteering firstly to improve my Spanish and secondly to get to know one place from a different perspective. I thought that a month chatting and working with the staff at the home would give me this, but as soon as I arrived that first day I was left alone with the kids and so I quickly realised ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Cali April 8th 2008

I arrived in Cali at the beginning of the month with exactly 31 days until I need to be back on the north coast for my lift out of here to central America. I wanted to work here for a while in order to improve my Spanish a bit more and to see a part of Colombia from a non backpacker point of view. I had chosen Cali as it is not really on the gringo trail but if I am honest the fact that it lists itself as the salsa capital of Colombia was also a big draw. Coincidentally all the people I met at Christmas on the beach were also from Cali and one girl in particular, Wisely, thought she might be able to set me up with some work connections. I arrived here ... read more
Patrick and housemate Liliana with Amarilla the dog
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South America » Colombia » Cali February 17th 2008

Daniela and I have now finally met in Cali. Today, together with a guy from Holland and a girl from New Zealand with whom Daniela had been travelling for the past couple of days, we went to the zoo, which is supposed to be one of the nicest ones of South America. Tonight we'll try out Cali nightlife which has a reputation for being wild.... read more
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South America » Colombia » Cali December 12th 2007

Hola de nuevo a todo el mundo, pues en fin, de Ecuador llegamos a Colombia hace casi una semana. El primer lugar de nuestro recorrido por este hermoso pais fue Cali, donde nos acogio Jose Francisco, el padre de Juan, un muy buen amigo de Ivan de la universidad. A pesar de su mala fama de antaño por el carter de cali las cosas han cambiado bastante en los ultimos años y es hoy en dia una ciudad muy agradable, aunque lo mas interesante de nuestra estancia en Cali fue nuestra estancia de un par de dias en la Finca de Jose Francisco en Palmira, una ciudad del valle a una hora de Cali. El conocer una finca en una zona rural de Colombia fue una experiencia increible. Basicamente es una finca de 85 hectareas ... read more
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Jose Francisco y Rocio plantando caña
Profesional plantando caña




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