Experience Colombia

If it needs flavour, add salsa to it!

Retracing the history of salsa is a complex task that has kept historians and musicologists busy for decades. It is quite difficult to pin down the origin of this genre that many claim to have invented years before it was called ‘salsa’. In other words, for many people salsa existed long before it got that name.

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The miracle of life with the giants of the Pacific

They arrive after a journey of over 8,000 kilometers. The male leads, with patience and perseverance, a pod of almost 10 humpback whales - common name of the Megaptera novaeangliae. It is the second week of July and the water is starting to get a little warmer at last; the last six months served to stock food - a tonne per day of plankton - and get ready for the birth of the litter. The long-awaited moment is close, and will take place on the Colombian Pacific shores.

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A jump and a smile to achieve glory

There are many situations, in sports and in life, in which fate plays a fundamental role in determining whether a person achieves their objective or not. Nevertheless, in Catherine Ibarguen’s story, fate was only the beginning. Fate said, first of all, that the property between the towns of Currulao and Apartadó, in the western part of Antioquia, was the place where the Colombian athlete spent her happy childhood.

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Friday, July 20

It was a Friday. Perhaps historians do not tie that fact to the causes and consequences of the events of that July 20 in 1810, but we know that it was Friday, and it was cold. Day dawned early and the market at Plaza Mayor began to fill with farmers, a square visible from the window of the house of Don José González Llorente, in the hours before the cry that ignited Colombian independence.

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The night that rhythm was born

It was a moonlit night. Everything happened in a thick forest, close to both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific, where the only sound was the breeze through the sleeping trees. The deep darkness was now and then pierced by moonlight that would discover the details of the meeting taking place.

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Bambuco: Joy for the soul and rhythm for the heart

The tiple keeps the rhythm, the guitar underlines the melody and a whisper of flute begins to warm the blood. A deep voice lets itself be swept away by the melancholy notes and begins its song of love and hate, dedicated to a woman or to the earth. And then you understand that a bambuco group is here, ‘the kind that enters your soul’, as composer Rafael Godoy wrote.

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