“Nicht einmal in seinen schwierigsten Momenten hat Kolumbien seine Fähigkeit zu Singen, Tanzen, Schreiben, Malen und Bauen verloren.” (Rogelio Salmona, kolumbianischer Architekt)
In my first 3 weeks I had the chance to celebrate with Colombian people and to go to a festival. It was awesome, like everything here in this country. The first thing I realized is that the people here love their music & rhythm. And most of them have the rhythm and know how to dance, and mainly Salsa, Regaetton, Merengue and vallenato are played and danced. My tutor introduced me to Salsa, Regaetton and Merengue. It was fun but sure I’don’t know how to dance it properly. But since I will be here another few months, I should improve my dancing skills soon.
From the 6th to the 15th August it was “Festival de Verano” in the Park Simon Bolivar.
The 6th of August I was with Deivis and Rodrigo at the Festival. That day was special because it was also the 473rd birthday of Bogota. At this event “la 33”, “Willie Colon” and “Daddy Yankee” have played live in the park.
The concert lasted from 4pm to 10.30pm. The place was really crowed and everybody was dancing and enjoying the music. Furthermore everyone in my nearer surrounding was also singing to almost every song. It was amazing!
In my other free time I got to try Aguardiente and Tequila. There exists Colombian beer but it is much less famous than German beerJ and the taste is just not the same. But I didn’t expect something else, anyway.
In my university I met nice girls and they took me out one night. With us were Deivis, Rodrigo and two other friends. We were dancing the whole night…in one big group and pairs. And gosh they can dance really well. The music was a mix of Salsa, Regaetton, older Colombian songs and some, but only few, electro songs. It was a really nice atmosphere and an enjoyable night with the Colombian people.
On Sunday after a daytrip out of Bogota, we went to the apartment of Rodrigo to let the new impressions of the day pass. Though we only had one laptop for the music we were all dancing. It was really awesome as well.
On the 19th of August it was a special day in Bogota – it was “Salsa al Parque”. It was a big concert at the place of Simon Bolivar (have a look at the pics from the Centre). It was crowed and obviously only Salsa was played. After the concert there was a big and beautiful firework. Unfortunately I didn’t make any pics.