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Published: September 30th 2017
Merry Christmas From Pueblito Paisa ...
... from atop Cerro Nutibara, a hill near the city centre.
Geo: 6.23578, -75.5799
Merry Christmas from Colombia! So far Medellin hasn't been the most exciting of places, owing to most cafes, restaurants, and stores being closed as a result of the holidays. Searching for some life in the streets, I headed over to Cerro Nutibara, a park high atop a hill with a recreation of a typical Antioquian town. Paisa is a person from the region, and the recreation is named Pueblito Paisa, literally meaning little Paisa village. The place was full of families today, and I even ran into one that was staying at the hostel. Not the most exciting attraction as it's a bit cheesy, but it made for a decent stroll with Pueblo Paisa and the Parque de las Esculturas (sculpture park), and it also provided a bit of fresh air, an escape from Medellin's exhaust fumes.
Medellin takes a toll on the body - though cloudy, the temperatures have been hovering near 30 C, with muggy, polluted air. The best method of seeing a city is on foot, but Medellin's famed Milla de Oro (Golden Mile) probably isn't the best place to do so. It's renowned for being packed with high rise condos, restaurants, and shopping malls -
it seemed to extend forever and felt like a ghost town today. Perhaps it's be a fun place to stroll any other time, but apparently not on Christmas day. Looking for any sign of life, I wound up wandering into CC Oviedo, one of the larger malls in the area - surprisingly busy for Christmas Day, especially since less than 1/4 of the stores were actually open.
Christmas Day this year in Colombia is a sharp contrast to last year in Rio, which was a day spent on Ipanema Beach packed with both locals and tourists, followed by a concert on Copacabana Beach with nearly one million people joining in on the revelry. Medellin is positively tame in comparison, and I have to say that Christmas was far more enjoyable in Rio, in that regard - but hey, I'm still celebrating Christmas in an amazing country, so I'm not complaining! Though my celebratory methods today weren't what a Colombian would typically do - a Greek dinner while watching some NFL!
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