Friday, March 28, 2014

Cali Nightlife

I finally got the opportunity to check out Cali nightlife and I loved it! My clubbing days are long gone but when it comes to salsa I make an exception. I can listen and dance to salsa the whole night without getting bored or tired.

Fernanda invited some of her friends and we went to this club near our apartment, the music was great and the ambience was pretty good. Being in that club reminded me of the reason why I chose to come to Cali, salsa is big in this city and you can see the passion people have for it in the way they dance and the way they sing along to each song that comes on. I swear one song came on that everyone seemed to love so much that some even took out instruments they had entered the club with and started playing along to the song. It was very interesting but unfortunately I did not get a chance to take a photo of the scene.

I have to say I was flattered when Fernanda and her friends said I dance pretty good. I learned salsa from some Colombians and Ecuadorians in Minnesota and the style they taught me is somewhat similar to what they dance here. I noticed in the club here their movements are more smooth (suavecito as they say) and not too fast as what I have seen in some Minnesota salsa clubs. They also don't do a lot of spins which works for me because I hate it when guys just spin you around endlessly, gives me a headache.

I managed to take a few pictures at the club so here goes..........

The scene outside the club was lively enough so you can imagine how much better it got once inside the club.

About to start our night.....

One of Fernanda's friends, he was cool and fun to dance with.

Do I look excited? I was super excited listening and dancing to great salsa music.

Not the best picture but this place was packed and I got to see some pretty amazing dancers.

That's it folks, I hope there will be many more nights of great salsa dancing.

Random Thoughts of The Day:

I like that at the end of dancing the men here will say "gracias" to you then go their separate way. They have no ulterior motives and all they want to do is dance..........well, maybe some have ulterior motives but so far I haven't encountered an obnoxious dude trying to pull some weird moves.

Some pictures make my skin look like it's glowing but in reality the heat here is constantly making my skin look so shiny and oily. I hope I don't start breaking out.

Sometimes I go through ups and downs with this language barrier. I have moments when I can understand what someone is telling me and moments when I am totally clueless. It makes me feel so frustrated at times.

I miss expressing myself clearly. No one around me speaks English so sometimes I have to consult google translate for assistance when things get complicated.

Living with a local family is totally different from living by yourself in a guest house or hostel. Both have their pros and cons.

I love the school uniforms of kids here, they look so cute.

Fernanda's mum is such a sweet lady. In the afternoons we watch game shows on TV together and she does a good job of explaining things to me. I learn a lot of new words from her.


  1. I think you are getting the hang on Spanish :) just take your time and don't be hard on yourself, hermana.
    I am considering taking salsa lessons. I love this post by the way

  2. Gracias hermana, I try to give myself a break but once in a while I go through those up and down moments. Yay! take salsa lessons just for basic steps but the most practice will come from going to salsa clubs. That's where I learned the most.

  3. I'm glad you made it out Salsa dancing. :)

    1. Glad I did too because that was one of my main reasons to visit Cali:)