I took a taxi to Teatro Lido and found Jesusa at the back of the 2-block line.
She was with a German couple – Ann and Amu. Only Ann stuck with us for the free dance performance this Friday night.
Jesusa had referred to it as ballet, so I had contemplated skipping it altogether, but I am glad I went.
It wasn't what I expected at all. A seven-person band played music for a great dance troupe dressed in beautiful costumes.
The performance kept kept the 1,100 person capacity crowd entertained for an hour. I couldn´t believe it was free.
After the show, I went with Ann by bus to the University of Antioquia, where we met up with Amu, Martin, another German studying abroad, and a group of Colombian students.
We walked through a crowd of students hanging out between two of the three large apartment buildings where many of them lived, to a corner which featured a popular bar and some small shops selling beer.
It is legal to drink outside in Colombia, as far as I can tell, so it was quite a scene.
At first it was a little intimidating to be amongst such a big crowd, but the longer I stayed there, talking with Martin, Ann, and Amu, while doing my best to remember any shred of Spanish, the more comfortable I felt.
It was college kids doing what they do anywhere in the world on a Friday night.
One of the students, Natalia, and I tried to talk via Martin who took on the role as translator.
She invited us out dancing, and Martin and I suggested Sunday afternoon over Saturday night, as we both planned to attend a Couchsurfing going away party.
It blares out of open air bars and restaurants during the nights, and from small shops during the day.
It surrounds you, and I find it infectious. No wonder everyone loves to dance down here!
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