September 26, 2010

Calle del Arte

Last weekend was one of my favorite cultural events that takes place in Cali. I wasn't going to blog about it because I forgot my camera, and you really need to see it to understand it, but thanks to some stolen pictures from friends - here you have it!

Calle del Arte (Street of Art) is held one Saturday every September in San Antonio, a neighborhood close to ours and one of the oldest in Cali. They literally shut down the entire main street for the day and all sorts of vendors come out to sell things on the street.
Looking down Calle 10 at the street of art!
One particular hat salesman takes a little afternoon nap in the shade :)
This year we started things off at a co-workers house who happens to live on the main street of Calle del Arte. She and her husband had opened up their home for the day to a sort of make-shift restaurant where they were selling delicious quiche! Starved after a full morning of curriculum meetings at school, about ten teachers crowded into their kitchen for some much needed nourishment.

After replenishing we headed out to the street to explore. From jewelry and artwork to purses and handicrafts, there is something for everyone at this unique street fair. While I didn't end up buying anything this year, mostly because I don't want to deal with shipping large things back to the Unites States, I loved strolling the streets and looking at all the options! Calle del Arte is definitely a unique crowd of people too, so the people-watching is also excellent. Despite the hot sun, strolling the streets this year once again reminded me of how awesomely talented people are and how much I love Colombia - and Cali in particular.
Kelsi and I at Calle del Arte with Amanda, a teacher visiting for the conference from another school in Armenia, Colombia.

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