We arrived by (night) bus in Cali early in the morning. At the bus terminal we crashed at the Dunkin Donuts for some WiFi and booked a hotel: ‘hotel boutique casa farallones’, which turned out to be a very good choice. After arrival we we’re welcomed by the super friendly Sebastian and our room was great.
We spend the day with some practical stuff: doing laundry and buying a lonely planet (since ours accidentally ended up in Nell’s suitcase and went back to the Netherlands). In the afternoon we walked through the San Antonio neighborhood and had some coffee with a delicious brownie at ‘PAO pizza bakery café’. Since a lot of restaurants are closed on sundays we had dinner in the restaurant of the Marriott hotel (‘The market cali’) and celebrated Christmas Eve with sushi!
The next day we spent our (not so typical) Christmas arranging some stuff for the rest of our Colombia trip and walking through the completely quiet old town. We had a great lunch at PAO (seemed to be the only place that was open) and at the end of the afternoon we took a taxi to the ‘Salsódromo’. This is a yearly parade of salsa/rumba dancers to start the 5 day festival ‘Féria de Cali’. Instead of being inside with the whole family for Christmas, in Cali they go out dancing on really loud salsa music! We decided to join, had a Christmas diner of beer and chips and watched the amazing skilled dancers! Unfortunately you needed tickets for the best spots, so we had to watch the parade from a lookout point on the bridge. After two hours it started raining really bad, so we didn’t partied until the next day 😊