Cali has quickly convinced me that Colombia is a special country.
There are a few areas in the city for hostels and hotels but instead of picking the popular partying commune, I chose a neighbourhood that is known for restaurants and art galleries.
Barrio San Antonio is a beautiful colonial part of the city that has a great community feel with friendly locals.
During yet another beautiful sunny day I took a walk with my friend Helen to photograph this area we’ve both come to love.
A few minutes into the walk a local stopped to warn us to be careful with our camera, and then another, and then a few cars stopped to tell us we should be careful.
We thanked them all and moved on, amused by their care and concern.
But then one of the guys who previously warned us drove by again, this time to warn us in English to make sure we understood.
This disturbed us more than anything as we didn’t want anyone following us so we decided we had enough photos and we should head back to ditch this guy.
Later I learned that they all had cause for concern. A Polish girl who has lived here for six months was walking the week prior with two locals.
Also feeling safe she was taking photos of the neighbourhood only to be approached with a man with a gun who robbed all three of them.
Lesson learned. The neighbourhood may appear very safe on the surface but that doesn’t mean there are people who go there to rob tourists.
I’ll travel with my point and shoot in my purse but my DSLR only comes out for events where there is security.