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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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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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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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Colombia – a risky destination (? or !)

The butchers of Cartagena, Colombia

Do you like your life the way it is? If you do… DON’T GO TO COLOMBIA. Stay as far away from the old city of Cartagena as you can. Don’t come close to incredible nature reserve of Tyrona, the salsa capital of Cali or the eternal spring in Medellin. Just stay away. I am NOT joking! The commercial from the Colombian Tourism Agency is not a commercial at all. It is a serious and truthful warning to you as a traveler; if you go to Colombia, the only risk you take, is wanting to stay.

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Life is a carnival – Cartagena, Colombia

Party goers in Cartagena, Colombia 2

The Celia Cruz song goes ”La vida es un carnaval” and it is certainly true now in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. The city is now having their yearly celebration of the city’s independence from Spain. Cartagena was important in this independence as it was the first Colombian city to declare independence from the Spaniards. Even the great liberator Simon Bolivar spent a few years in Cartagena where he, after the fall of the first republic, wrote the Cartagena Manifesto.

Cartagena has their carnival in November in contrast to the usual carnivals that are held in February around the world. The Cartagena carnival is for Cartagena only and it is a four day festival of parades in the streets and on water. It is a crazy atmosphere in the city and make sure not to wear your finest cloths as you will most certainly be bombarded with water, flour and paint.

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