Part Thirty Four – Medellin Salsamatic


I have received a number of notes expressing concern over the lack of postings in the last couple of weeks so this posting is to put your collective minds at rest. Please be assured that I am still alive and in Colombia having spent some time in Medellin.

Far from spending all of his time loafing around the many bars of Parque Lleras in the central restaurant / bar district throwing down endless shots of the local absinthe variant and beer chasers,  [well, in truth doing a good bit of that]…your correspondent has also been working on his salsa moves. Now, it’s not easy for your average gringo to overcome a propensity to hop around the dance floor like some highly strung robot and slip into the Colombian salsa groove. This makes it all the more amazing that Buff3y was able to leap from the bicycle and onto the dance floor and in the process miraculously and instantaneously adopt the sensuous moves and sexily gyrating hips of a ‘Paisa‘ (a local of Medellin).

I was tempted not to post the footage of our dance class as it might raise the expectations of any prospective students to Baila-Latina to unreasonably high levels given that the salsa moves are so obviously groovy in the extreme. Yet Yamile seems somehow able to teach even the most incompetent tourist how to give it up on the dance floor.

Can’t remember the name of this maneuver but please don’t try this at home without strict supervision
With my infinitely patient Dance Instructor Yamile

4 thoughts on “Part Thirty Four – Medellin Salsamatic

  • I am a fellow cyclist. I clicked up 20,000 kms, so I can relate to your adventure. I would like to
    Put you in touch with my good friend Pablo Garcia. He just clicked up 100,000 kms. Been cycling for 10 yrs. He is South American. Read a article about him in the Jakarta Post. We met when he was cycling through Australia. That was Jan 2012. Check
    Out his website and Facebook Will send link. Cheers Stephanie Brookes

  • Very impressive Salsa! And yours was pretty good too Rob. Or was that clever photoshopping of moderately co-ordinated legs with your torso..Either way she no doubt had herculean patience… and lucky there was at least a tiny glimpse of Dad’s ballroom finesse to get you over the line.. Well Done!

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