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La Champeta – Slum culture, identity and sensuality

La Champeta – Slum culture, identity and sensuality

If you ever find yourself well planted in the lovely Caribbean city of Cartagena you might like to know she has more to offer than the beautiful colonial houses and the beach. In the poorer neighborhoods there is a unique cultural phenomenon which has been growing in the city for almost 100 years: La Champeta.

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The Devil Carnival in Riosucio, Colombia

Three Crazy Devils at Riosucio Devil Carnival Colombia

I wonder what madness drove the good citizens of an otherwise normal small town of deeply catholic Colombia to decide to spend one week every two years celebrating the devil. That is so strange that it just has to be witnessed and it is truly an experience. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ohhh my… He is NOT sinking!

I was out sailing for about 9 months in 2006-2007. Although our boat was not the strongest and the mast eventually snapped midway between Costa Rica and Jamaica (I was not onboard at the time) our boat did not look anything like Artist Julien Berthier’s sailboat. He built a boat that only looks like it is sinking, but it is totally fine.  The boat is named Love Love and he has sailed across the English canal with the boat. He does get a lot of questions from boat people thinking he needs a hand.

 

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Siesta! Sleeping beauties…

Siesta in Cartagena Colombia

I came across these guys and surprised them on their siesta when I was roaming the streets of Cartagena back in 2006 looking for good photo opportunities and I recon this is one! The photo really captures the essence of the siesta: Drop all you’re doing! It is 12 o’clock and it is too damn hot to be doing anything other than sleep… yeah… right here! I don’t care if it is in the middle of the street! I am ready to chill out…

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White Man Sings Vallenato

On Wednesday we received the three Norwegian winners of a writing contest by the Norwegian Foundation Golden Colombia and their webpage Cocaine.no.

We surprised the three winners at the airport with an overloaded Chiva (party bus) filled with crazy kids from the Barrio Los Communeros. It was a wild ride and a shocking welcome to the Caribbean.

In the town centre of Cartagena the leader of Golden Colombia meets a Vallenato band that he knows. They strike up quite a performance!

Golden Colombia works to make known the tragic effects of cocaine use in the west has on the people of Colombia. Also the foundation try to show the other side of Colombia that is not violence and destruction, but hardworking decent and honest people with a unique culture not known to most of the world.

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The three KL towers and other birds

Petronas Towers Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

I took this photo in 2004, when I briefly visited Kuala Lumpur on my way up to Nakhon Si Thammarat, in Thailand. It was rainy season and as you can see… it is building up. This gave the photo a fantastic atmosphere. Like in a movie… and something bad is about to happen. When it rains in Kuala Lumpur… it is not pretending to throw a few drops… it IS seriously raining.

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This is the party center of the universe!

Tu Candela Bar in Cartagena de Indias

Photo from Caribenet.com

Do you remember the best party you have ever been to? The party where nobody was sitting. The music was pumping. The music had Rhythm. The type that is so easy to dance to. The music that everybody loves. The air was warm and humid from the sweat… and the people…. the people they are just smiling and laughing… dancing. Everybody is having the time of their life. Those moments don’t come every weekend. Maybe only once every 2-3 years… maybe only once in a lifetime. Well, there is a place where that party goes on every night and that is “Tu Candela” in Cartagena, Colombia.

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