Street food

Hmmm………..didn’t I say I adore street food ??  LOL. Yep, there’s no way in hell I was touring the streets of Cali, without sampling some of that delicious local cuisine

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In case you’re wondering, this dish contains…………er…………a mixture of: pork, beef, liver, rice, potatoes, etc……………I think (haha).

 

Sweet tooth

Nope, I don’t have a sweet tooth; at least, I don’t think I do. But, this wonderful display of different types of yogurts, was simply too irresistible (LOL).

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Parque del Perro (Dog Park)

In the 1950’s, a group of young people gathered in the park, and one of them was always accompanied by a small dog, who eventually became his pet (whom he named Teddy). According to legend, one day, the dog bit one of the young people there. He reacted by subsequently preparing a sausage, laced with poison, which he fed to Teddy, killing him. A few years later, one of these young people became a police officer (attaining the rank of Major). He ordered that a small concrete monument be built, in honor of his faithful friend, and erected in the middle of the park.

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Estadio Olimpico Pascual Guerrero

The Estadio Olimpico Pascual Guerrero (Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium) is a football stadium, also used for athletics, concerts and rugby sevens. It is in honor of the poet Pascual Guerrero. The stadium, and the sports complex that surrounds it, were — from the 1950s to the 1970s — one of the finest and most modern sports complexes in Latin America, and led to Cali being referred to as the “Sports Capital of America”.

The “Pascual”, as its inhabitants usually call their stadium, was near the now-defunct Stadium Galilee, in the Versailles neighbourhood, where the first national athletics competition was held in 1928. The Pascual is still an important venue for domestic and international sporting events.

With renovations made for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia, and additional suits and sky boxes, the stadium’s capacity was reduced to 35,000 people. It is currently the home of “America de Cali“, and was the home of “Deportivo Cali” until 2007, when they moved into a new stadium: Estadio Deportivo Cali, becoming the first Colombian football team to own its own stadium.

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I saw a real, live “Transformer” car standing outside the stadium (haha)

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Biblioteca Publica Municipal del Deporte y La Recreacion

La Biblioteca Publica Municipal del Deporte y La Recreacion, or, quite simply: Biblioteca del Deporte y La Recreacion (Municipal Public Library of Sport and Recreation), is a pioneer in Latin America. It occupies 650 square meters of the North-Eastern Pascual Guerrero Stadium grandstand wing. In the library, one can fine an entire history of world football.

The library is the first of its kind in Colombia and Latin America. Its construction, which had an estimated cost of 400 million pesos — of which 90 percent was provided by the Ministry of Culture, and the rest by the Carvajal Foundation — is the result of a request from the community, who wanted something different. The request was welcomed by the Ministry of Culture, who expanded the remodeling of the iconic sporting arena to include the library, which now features a collection of 2,500 books and magazines.

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Street Salsa

As everyone knows, Cali is the Salsa Capital of the World. Seriously, the city is all about salsa……..24/7.

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Capilla de San Antonio (San Antonio Chapel)

Capilla de San Antonio (also called San Antonio Church), is Cali’s oldest church. Constructed in 1747, this small church is set atop a hill, the Colina de San Antonio, west of the old center. It shelters valuable tallas quiteñas — 17th-century carved-wood statues of the saints, representing the style known as the Quito School. The park surrounding the church offers great views of the city.

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Jovita Feijoo

This woman represents the Cali Fair

Jovita Becerra Feijoo (known to the locals simple as “Jovita”) was a character in popular Cali culture Cali (Palmira, June 6, 1910 – Cali July 15, 1970). She is also known in the city as the “Queen of Queens”.

Jovita was born in the village of Bolo Alizal, in the municipality of Palmira, department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia, in 1910. Her parents were Pacific Becerra and Joaquina Feijoo. She had four sisters; never had any children. She lived most of his life in the city of Cali. She was a character known for her charisma and sartorial elegance. She was named “Queen of Sympathy” in a popular radio program, which was broadcast live from the center of Cali, in the Caicedo Square. In the program, the participant had to sing a song and, if they sang out of tune, the sound of the dogs was activated. It is said to Jovita didn’t do so well, and, as a result, they switched on the sound of the dogs; but, no matter how many times this happened, she persisted. For this, she was crowned “Queen of Joy” by the students at the Valle University. Jovita took these two “coronations” very seriously, actually behaving like a real queen — leading all parades, interceding between the people and the representatives from the Cali Social Club, sitting to the right of the mayor during certain events, and even receiving leaders, like Rojas Pinilla. Despite living almost in poverty, always she wore fine clothes and maintained an elegant bearing. By 1970, Jovita was recognized in all sectors of the city. She died of cardiac arrest in the bathroom of her room in Hoyo neighborhood, north of Cali. Her funeral was remembered as one of the busiest in the history of the city.

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Danza Andina (Andean Dance)

Musica Andina (Andina Music) is an early national style of the 19th and early 20th centuries, developed from the Andean interior. This dance is very popular in Latin-America.

 

 

Interview on the streets of Cali

A fun capping-off to my Cali trip was an interview I had with a group of students, on the street.

While Giovanni and I were walking around, we were stopped by 3 youths — two guys, and a girl. They were students from a local institution, and they wanted to interview me for as part of a school assignment (apparently, they’d heard Giovanni and I conversing in English)

To be honest, I look really goofy in this video (hahaha). But………well, I couldn’t help but insert this video here.

Who knows?  Maybe someday, I’ll look back on this video as my debut on the yellow brick-road to stardom (LOL).

 

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