It’s my last day in Cali. Andres, the Ombudsman of the city, picks me up at noon. We drive out to the country for lunch and to discuss happiness indicators for Cali. Looking out the window sugar cane expands across the high valley surrounded by barely visible higher mountains. The restaurant serves typical food of Cali: flattened plantains with a lovely green sauce, deep fried cheese wrapped plantains, a deep chicken soup laced with more plantains and chicken. We talk nuts and bolts about measuring happiness in Cali. We chase our discussion with a local mixture of beer and juice. The rest of the day we visit a sugar cane farm, have coffee – Colombian coffee - while we share music, and then go to a the Petronio Alvarez music festival where there are over 100,000 people in attendance.
Posted by Laura Musikanski, ED of HI