Blogs from Medellin, Colombia, South America - page 7


South America » Colombia » Medellin July 12th 2011

Tonight is my last night in Medellin before heading out to the Pacific Coast for surf. Here´s a recap of what happened in the last 5 days: Thursday night through Saturday consisted of a lot of partying. The hostel crowd really gets after it. It feels like everyone just parties all night and sleeps all day from wed-sun. I definitely feel a little old for the scene but I met some cool people and had a lot of fun for two nights. Saturday night I stayed in and caught up on sleep. Sunday was another day taking the metro and cruising the city. I watched the Colombian soccer team beat Bolovia in the Americas Cup (in a bar, not at the game). Yesterday I took a two hour bus to a place called El Peñol. It´s ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Medellin » Guatape July 7th 2011

So I arrived and quickly went through customs around 7:30 last night. I have to say that the first thing I noticed at the airport was the women. They were, in general, ridiculously good looking and many obviously had surgical enhancements. I wouldn´t even mention this, but I feel like it would be a lie by omission if I didn´t admit that this was the first thing that caught my attention in Colombia. So anyway, I told myself to stop looking at fake boobs and get my gameface on because my Spanish is rusty to say the least and my first challenge was to get myself on a collectivo to the centro and then find way to a hostel in El Poblado (upscale safe district). Dude that drives the minivan tells me right away that my ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Medellin June 17th 2011

Although our flight was brutally early......i.e. at 6 in the morning, I was really excited to travel to Medellin as we were going to be staying with a cousin of a good friend of mine. We ended up meeting up with Nico (the cousin) at at around midday and spent the day having traigos (drinks) with some of his parseros (friends).....and mainly learning to speak like people from Medellin! I guess every city has its own slang, and one of the best parts about getting to stay with Nico and hanging out with people from the city was to get a better feel of the culture. After eating dinner in Provencia (an nice area filled with restaurants and bars) we heading back to Nico's place which is a farm in the mountains about a half hour ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Medellin » Guatape June 9th 2011

Whent to medellin and guatape ! perfect weekend nice clima, eat chicken ad a river in guatape ! medellin really nice citty!!... read more
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South America » Colombia » Medellin May 9th 2011

Day 105 After a smooth flight we arrive in Medellin and take a taxi 40kms to the Zona Rosa area of town. Hostel is great and for the first time in 2 months we have hot showers plus the beds are super comfy. We wander round our area, grab some crepes for tea and spend the evening chatting to other travellers in the hostel. However as it is Saturday night and we are in the party area it feels like we are sleeping in the night club next door. Eventually we drift off whilst our whole room shakes to the level 11 bass, interspersed with the whoops of the local revellers. Day 106 Wake up and take the over ground metro to the centre of town with our plan for the day. First stop is the ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Medellin May 9th 2011

We decided to leave today & head inland for a day & then back to the Caribbean. So, we're up early to catch the 7:30 am boat. Our morning was a little hectic due to money. We hadn't paid the dive shop yet because we didn't have enough Pesos to pay them, only dollars. So, we asked Ariel to change a couple hundred dollars for us to get us to Medellin & pay our debts. It took him up until the very last minute to come up with the pesos for us. So, it was a bit stressful at our departure time but Ariel gave us a fruit smoothie so we wouldn't leave town hungry. So kind. When the boat was loading up Geoff was running to pay the dive shop, we're paying Ariel, we're watching ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Medellin April 15th 2011

1st I should say I plan to return to Colombia fall 2011. Stay in touch if you like. I will reply to comments as I revisit here once a month or so but a personal message comes to my email for quick communication. On Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 2:39 PM, Barry Belau wrote: Dear william williams, You have been sent a message from Barry Belau ============== Hello, I enjoyed your blog about Medellin. I am also divorced and planning to visit Medellin to learn Spanish/volunteer and explore Colombia. So is it true that there are many beautiful women in Medellin? What did you like best of the city and what didn't you like about it? I am from St. Louis MO. Keep on blogging in the free world... -- Barry I really like Colombia ... read more

South America » Colombia » Medellin February 14th 2011

Marta has a bedroom for1 person for rent in Calasanz 20 minute walk to Estadio, and 10 minutes to the Floresta Metro Estacion. ($220 USD)$400,000 COP's/month or $150,000/week, this includes some Spanish practice for you and English practice for her. You can contact me as she would like me to help her with the rental. She has mobile internet that costs about $1 for 2 ours I think (if your a heavy user). Also Sol would like to rent a bedroom in Itagui that is about 20 minutes from the metro. Well I am sitting in Bogota airport waiting for my flight to Guayaquil Ecuador (biggest city). It is on the coast and about 2 hours from Salinas where I really want to start my tour and investigation of about a 60 KM strech of coast ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Medellin February 12th 2011

Don't forget to click on the photo to see it more clearly (bigger). To film a crash as the people are still laying on the ground it helps to know what to listen for. Cars colliding are loud but hitting a motorcycle is not so loud but does sound like metal on metal. One guy told me he saw 3 motorcycles get hit all at once by a cab. That would have a totally different sound I guess. Bit of excitement for me, I booked a trip to Salinas, Ecuador. It's on the coast I am excited. If I decide to hang out there next winter I may have a chance that Brigitta and others will visit. Of course I am pretty sure I have to be within 3 blocks of a good beach to get ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Medellin February 8th 2011

So after a few hours of being on a boat that felt a lot like the batman ride con agua, we arrived in the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama. There are over 100 of these tiny sand islands and the one we stayed at was called "Sanidup". It was absolutely stunning and you could literally walk around the island in under five minutes. We also visited four other islands on a day trip and most of our time was spent swimming, reading books, lying in the sun and eating fresh lobster. The huts we stayed in were very basic; they didn't have a door and the floor was just the sand. During the night the cockroaches, crabs and geckos came out to play. If I remember correctly, a couple of geckos fell off ... read more

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