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27th November 2022
"The Rock"

That's a place I want to go to
That's just super cool. I so want to climb up those stairs. /Ake
27th November 2022
"The Rock"

That's a place I want to go to
They have really done an excellent job on this staircase. It is pretty wide, has hand rails and is fairly easy to climb. They have frequent places to stop for rest and allow you to take photos as you go up.
27th November 2022
Pablo Escobar's old party house

PE sites
I am not a fan of drug lords. But I have listed a few Pablo Escobar related sites that I want to visit if I go to Colombia. I am not a fan of serial killers either. But one day I am going to make a Jack the Ripper themed trip to London. To locate the sites where his victims were found and so on. /Ake
27th November 2022
Pablo Escobar's old party house

Pablo Escobar sites
When you get to Colombia I'll be interested to read all the PE sites you find to visit. I would think they are many. I am fascinated by serial killers and didn't realize there was a Jack the Ripper themed tour. I will absolutely do that next time we are in London.
27th November 2022

Brilliantly Bogota
I remember Bogota having very friendly people and a really good vibe. Glad to see you were able to experience it too. I didn't get to go up Monserrate when I was there, I seem to remember it being a bit dodgy and unsafe at the time. Great to read about it in your travels though. The hummingbirds must have been delightful, and I'm afraid I don't know the name of those flowers either - trumpet flowers sounds good, lol! Good to see you travelling and enjoying great food again 😊👍
27th November 2022

Brilliantly Bogota
Bogota ended up being one of our favorite locations because of the vibe. The hummingbirds were magnificent and yes a gardening friend has confirmed it is a trumpet flower. Colombia was an interesting country to explore.
27th November 2022
Botero Statues

Botero's Horse
I first became aware of Botero when I saw his chubby Black Horse in Barcelona Airport in the '90s. I have always looked out for his work since, but I can now see what you mentioned in a precious blog about his human figures. I think I need to read up a bit more about him.
27th November 2022
Botero Statues

Botero's Horse
We were drawn to the humor in the paintings and sculptures but once we were in a room full of them and realized each one had the same face whether it was a man or a woman we found it odd... or maybe he was going for funny. Then we began to wonder if it wa a self portrait. Let me know what you learn. It is curious.
27th November 2022

Goldfinch
This bird is either a Kiskadee or one of several flycatchers that look similar.
27th November 2022

Goldfinch
Doug, thanks for the tip on the bird. I'm making a small effort to learn a few more birds. He was pretty.
27th November 2022

Gasp!
Wow, that stone! Interesting to learn the big picture view of Medellin. Enjoy your lovely picture!
27th November 2022

Gasp!
We got our steps in while we were in Colombia. It felt good to be on the move. Medellin is an interesting city with a dark past and a complicated future.
24th November 2022

excellent to hear the nitty gritty
Thanks for such an in depth review of the good, bad and ugly of Medellin. Great to see Johnny after we all met in Paris 6 years ago.
24th November 2022

excellent to hear the nitty gritty
Medellín has had a rough past. They are reinventing themselves. One part of the city is new and lively the other side of town is still crawling out of poverty. It takes decades to recover from what they have been through but it looks like attempts are being made to lure digital nomads and tourist to this city. It was great seeing Johnny again.
24th November 2022

Interesting read
Interesting to read about Colombia. It really looks lovely and interesting. /Ake
24th November 2022

Interesting read
Colombia is a diverse country well worth visiting. It seems to have something for everyone.
23rd November 2022
Colorful Butterflies of Colombia

nice blog
thank for for posting this.
23rd November 2022
Colorful Butterflies of Colombia

Nice blog
We enjoyed our time in Colombia. Thanks for commenting.
20th November 2022

Coca tea
Hello my friends! So interesting, I'll add bogata to my list and kept Sebastian's number. There were baby mentions of chewing on coca leaves and sipping coca tea but no further details on Ayahuasca -like shamanic experiences. Is it like the CBD -THC you can get in every corner here in Seattle or more like Earl Grey infused with coca cola or none of the above? 😂 Staying tuned for Medellin.
20th November 2022

Coca Tea
I think you will like Colombia when you get there. Sebastian was a good guide. I didn't feel any effect from the tea leaves. We had them in Peru also. They are to help with the altitude sickness. I didn't feel anything. Medellin is next and we will end with Cartagena. .... coming soon.
19th November 2022

On the to-do list
Colombia is still on our to-do list. We'd love to go there, because we have many fond memories from our visits in other countries in Latin America. I am sure a visit to Colombia would also be very rewarding. /Ake
19th November 2022

On the to-do list
This part of the world has a lot to offer. Colombia in particular has a violent history and they have fought to welcome tourists. I hope you get there soon.
19th November 2022
Each town has its own church in the town square

Columbian Church
Not quite a coffee but more like a caramel. Awesome church!!!
19th November 2022
Each town has its own church in the town square

Colombian Church
Colombia is full of quaint churches. Very picturesque.

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