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Traditional Colombian Music

Traditional Colombian Music

You’ll miss Cabana Del Recuerdo in Envigado if you’re not watching out for it. It’s one of many businesses in the neighborhood along Caldas-Envigado (Cl. 38 Sur).

A single step inside and whoa…..where are we again? Who are you guys?

Traditional musicians at Cabana Del Recuerdo in December 2018

Eight or nine musicians come in and out of the group, sometimes for a song or two (one time with a beautiful hand-made harp), sometimes for the duration. 

I heard songs are about love and saw friends together, people on dates and men having genuine non-sexual caring friendships. What the fork?  Hugs, not back slaps. It’s  going to take me a while to get used to seeing this flavor of humanity.

The expression of love is common and varied, starting with the casual I like you, man (te gustas), on to te quiero (you’re important to me, I care very much about you) and finally te amo, mi amor.

There’s no cover charge, not even if you want to pay the musicians. You have to consume alcohol (no non-alcoholic beverages here).

When the drinks are served, they come with these uniquely flavored snacks that must go great with alcohol… a mix of flavors I haven’t had in this combination…. salty, tart, spicy, sweet, juicy, delicious, fresh, savory, crispy, salty, fruity, veggie. The carrots were lightly vinagered and not exactly like the carrots I’m accustomed to.  Happily, there’s many different varieties of mangoes here. It was all a bit of an adventure to eat. I was happy to taste each unfamiliar flavor and mix it with another (and not drink the beer I bought). 

Uchuva, crispy salty somethings, giant vinagered carrots, and some new variety of mango I hadn’t had yet.  Uchuva is shaped like a cherry tomato with a rich texture a bit similar to  mango but also juicy, with a tart sweet flavor, 

The drink of the night was Arguardiente, a traditional Colombian anise flavored drink. It’s made from the sugar care that grows everywhere here, even wild, and has at least 29% alcohol. It’s a favorite flavor of mine – anise (not booze), and the smell was ever present.  The steamy rain made the air heavy with it.

People were getting pizza delivered from the restaurant across the street, Artica Pizzeria. . The Colombians here don’t seem to think twice about this kind of hospitality. I decided to appreciate it with a second dinner and hey took my order from inside the bar. 

Percussive Spoons

One musician played a different kind of percussion with almost every song.. maracas, castanets, seat drum, some kind of stick thing. Spoons. How awesome are spoons as percussion?!

Pictures of Jesus are ubiquitous in the Medellin.  Here’s just one of the ones that were on the walls at the bar.

Hi Thirsty Jesus.

 

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A City of Lights

Envigado starts to give Christmas a full frontal embrace in November.

The commitment starts with lights like I’ve never seen. Streets are shut down for vendors. It’s all about the holidays from now until sometime in January.

the lights and colors in Envigado's Parque Principal in Early December 2018 are amazing

Envigado’s Parque Principal in Early December 2018

They shut down a street adjacent to the parque for holiday vendors: food, jewelry, bunuelos, candles: all your holiday needs.

Celestial Delicacies Market in Envigado

Celestial Delicacies Market

The main plaza (called parque here) is spectacular, as is people’s interest in ice cream.

Here’s where the live three kings hang out at night. There’s still time to get my picture taken with them.

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Parade of Myths and Legends in El Centro, Medellin

Welcome to the Myths and Legends Parade 2018 (Medellin, December, 2018)
“Desfile de Mitos y Leyendas” December 8, 2018

People were packed tight in El Centro the night of the parade -super tight, like U.S.-football-stadium-when-the-game-is-over tight. And the people, paisas (people from the Medellin area), and my group of ex-pats, were polite and noticeably not drunk (so completely unlike a U.S. football- stadium-when-the-game-is-over). 

Brass during the parade.

The paraders got right up in the faces of the watchers, shot water at us, and played all kinds of latin marching band music. The crowd went wild for all the action the parade brought. 

Dancing zombies at the Myths and Legends Parade in Medellin, Dec. 2018
The vampire dancers had their own band.
Sad Ghoul at the Myths and Legends parade in Medellin, El Centro
The Ghouls were good and sad

Underwater elements at the Parade of Myths and Legends in Medellin Center Dec. 2018
Marching Band at the Desfile de Mitos y Leyendas Deciembre 2018
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Traditional Music in Envigado

You’ll miss Cabana Del Recuerdo in Envigado if you’re not watching out for it. It’s one of many businesses in the neighborhood and along Caldas-Envigado (Cl. 38 Sur).  

Once you’re in though, you’re in another place and time. 

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