Visiting Cali, Colombia certainly got better on day 2. If you haven’t read part one of my visit to Cali the click here to read it. On the 2nd day I contracted the coolest taxi driver in the city to drive us around to all the main sites including Cristo Rey and the historical sites. On the way up we ran into an artist that creates murals of clay just off the side of the road.
We stopped to talk to him and to take pictures and it turns out he does the murals for free to give something back to the tourists that visit the city. He accepted tips so I told him to always wear protection. One of the best pictures that I took was when his dog came over and sat right in front of the mural he was working on. With over 11 weeks of work already put in the mural, the dog came over and sat right in front of his clay twin. Take a look at the picture below.
After we were done we went to the Chipi Chape mall to say hi to my friend Juan Valdez and get an iced coffee as well as lunch. My hostel reservation was unfortunately cancelled that day so I booked a room at a hotel near the hostel. Roughly 3pm we decided to do what Latin’s normally do and take our siesta to get ready for the night. When in Rome do as the Romans do, when in Cali hope it doesn’t rain.
I was able to see the real side of Cali once we headed out that night. The city seems to be on a different schedule than the rest of the world where they hide during the day and come out at night. You know what they say about people that only go out at night right? I had an absolutely excellent night out and realized that Cali isn’t about the city and the things to see, Cali is about the people.
If I had to describe it I would have to say that the people of Cali are Paisas with much more passion. Paisas are the people from not only Medellin, but the Antoquia province of Colombia. The passion can be seen how Cali is known as the salsa capital of Colombia. Everyone is very gracious and open and always up for a conversation. The city is considered a bit more dangerous than Medellin but I never felt threatened at any point in the city. So in the end I would have to say that Cali actually doesn’t suck.
Cali is just a different kind of city that you enjoy in a unique way. It’s not like Rome where you can walk around and see things for hours and hours. Most people aren’t going to like Cali for that very reason because it’s not a traditional city. To really feel the passion you have to go out and interact with the people of the city. Now that I have my salsa moves down I definitely plan on returning to Cali.