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A Street Party, A Power Outage and Pizza

Culture, Travel

What a crazy night! After a wonderful dance class I am hoofing it for la casa and I run across all these people on a side street. Upon closer inspection I realize people are selling hemp jewelry, hippies are juggling like its their last sac, there is live music going on in Spanish ( subtitles are currently unavailabe) and all types of people are chilling out and having a good time.  Later I discovered that it is a monthly occurrence to showcase music and display art or hippy stuff if that is your art.  I enjoy these types of street parties because its a way to see how a foreign culture forms itself around the ideas and creativity of the people making it.  So I bought something to eat and relaxed hoping to see what is going on.  As I was busy eating meat style pizza and drinking a Club Colombia beer, the lights go out!  Start the action scene…
I waited, nothing.  It’s cool though, none of those ridiculous sissy screams or people freaking out. People just kept on keeping on.  Of course the music was cut off and that sux even though they tried to keep the ball rolling.  You could feel the crowd shift though but not much else.  I think this is one of those normal South American things to give the pot smokers some privacy or maybe it was just crappy overloaded infrastructure. Either way after a few minutes the lights came back on and I was able to see the second half of what I was eating.  The pizza was good, the beer cold and I finished eating and wandered on out.
It was so festive and interesting to wander into on a quiet Thursday night it helped to remind me that I was in a new place, doing new things and meeting new people!!  Sorry I don’t have any pics, this is South America folks and I cannot replace valuable shit that gets stolen when I am wandering alone in the dark! I did throw in a pic of Pereira from out my window so that we can all feel good.
The walk home was a bit anticlimactic although I encountered another block that didn’t have light.  And I was greeted by my Colombian roommate who was all worked up over walking in the dark with power outages and all the bad guys that rich people are always stressing about.  But it’s all good I made it home and here’s my story!!!!

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English Teacher, Freelancer, Chocolate Entrepreneur and Traveler!!


  1. Mary
    March 9, 2013 at 4:55 am

    It seems like you have the attitude to be in the moment and when you are thankful for the day it will be easy to take it as it comes. Your story is a good reflection of enjoying things as they occur and being able to flow with the activities that happen. In other words as your mother I really feel confident that you are where you should be at this time in your life and I know your as safe as you would be here or any other metro area. Keep on bringing it onto your site as you experience things in Colombia and we will keep enjoying it here second hand!

  2. Mary
    March 19, 2013 at 12:05 am

    my website is not quite ready yet.
    sometime after July you might want to try to visit this river that is colored from the colorful flowers that grow next to it: Caño Cristales River,
    (Photo: Ximena Fajardo A. | Bogotá, Colombia)


    Folks make the journey into central Colombia’s Serranéa de la Macarena national park to see why Caño Cristales has inspired nicknames like the River of Five Colors, the Liquid Rainbow, and even the Most Beautiful River in the World. It’s important to get the timing right: when the water reaches the perfect levels (usually between July and December), it becomes a kaleidoscope of pink, green, blue, and yellow as a plant called the Macarenia clavigera, which lives on the river floor, gets the sun it needs to bloom into an explosion of colors.
    I could not get the photo to show on here.

  3. Joan and Bill
    March 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    We found you online! How exciting to receive your phone call !
    Keep in touch. Be safe….. we worry !

  4. el toro loco
    December 18, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Dude, nice write up (much better than the woman whining about giving birth in coach, because she couldn’t afford first-class). I visit pereira often (i live in key largo) and like you, when the lights go out i call for another beer and dance without music until the electric bill gets paid. Pura vida hombre!

    • openmindedtraveler
      December 18, 2014 at 1:19 am

      There are distinct disadvantages to giving birth in coach, I know cause I have done it. So unless you are a woman who has done that before…you get the idea. But as for power outage, it happens man. It’s up to the participant to decide how the story goes…be it party all night or pack up and go home. Peace.

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