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South America » Colombia » Medellin February 17th 2015

After the lost city trek I went to Carnaval de Barranquilla which is the second biggest carnival in South America, only behnd Rio. I went there with a couple of the girls from the lost city trek, we had a great time partying with all the locals but I didn't take any photos there unfortunately as I didn't take my camera out. For that reason I'm skipping to my next stop, Medellin. Medellin is the most modern city in Colombia and it is a really cool city, I went on a walking tour where we saw some places around the city with a guide who told us all about the history of the place. The city has an incredible story as it has recovered from times of extreme violence in the time of Pablo Escobar to ... read more
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South America » Colombia » Medellin February 16th 2015

Music and Flowers Last night we had the pleasure of hearing the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in live performance just a few blocks from our house in Detroit. They are doing a Tchaikovsky Festival, with our own great music director Leonard Slatkin conducting. We heard it in Medellín through the magic of the internet; they are now broadcasting their performances electronically for the whole world. You yourself could connect, at http://www.dso.org/live.aspx . I take e-mail and blogging all for granted now, but the live performance of our own home boys somehow seemed extraordinary. Actually, it is all extraordinary. We are the first people in the history of civilization to experience this. Medellín is a wonderful place in many ways, but there is no orchestra or theater that we have been able to find. In all our travels, ... read more
11. Carol and our driver Diego
12. Water jets
13. Stepping columns

South America » Colombia » Medellin February 2nd 2015

I then spent 2 nights in Santa Marta waiting for my flight to Medellin, which cost a paltry £50 and took 1 hour. Alternatively I could have caught a bus which takes between 16-18 hours and you don’t save that much, for someone as tight as me it was an easy decision to make. On the flight I bumped into another chum from the boat trip who ended up at the same hostel as me. Medellin was a beautiful city and everybody I bumped into elsewhere on my travels couldn’t stop raving about it. The place didn’t disappoint, after a quick wander round with my chum we headed out for a few beers. The hostel was in El Poblado which is a little way out from the centre but the place for nightlife, pure coincidence I ... read more
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Pablo's private jet
Pablo's jetski

South America » Colombia » Medellin January 30th 2015

The most famous person in Medellín, and maybe in all of Colombia, is an artist named Fernando Botero. He is probably more famous than the president. The National Museum devotes the entire third floor to his works, and spread out in front of the museum, on a long and broad plaza called Botero Park, are many of his monumental scuptures in bronze. If you have ever visited a big art museum in the U.S., you will probably recognize his absolutely unique style. We have a number of his works at the DIA in Detroit, but as just a few in with so many others, his works seem like oddities. Here you see so many that they start to seem normal. He claims to be a figurative artist in the renaissance tradition of El Greco, Botticelli, or ... read more
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53. Dog

South America » Colombia » Medellin January 26th 2015

Right out of the plane we knew we had made a good choice coming to Medellín. The air was perfect, about 72º, and the scene is hilly, but green; lush tropical vegetation, and flowers everwhere. We are at about 5000 feet, which gets you up out of the humid murk. It rains a little every afternoon, as it does in Mexico City, but it's hardly enough to need an umbrella. Besides, it's over in 20 minutes. We are in a hotel called "In House", $70 a night, in an comfortable neighborhood of shops, restaurants, and other small hotels. There is a lot of car traffic in late afternoon, but the street is shaded like a forest by tall trees, with a little stream nearby- swift and full of waterfalls, down in a gorge below street level ... read more

South America » Colombia » Medellin January 11th 2015

In the United Kingdom it's traditional for the Christmas lights to be taken down by Twelfth night. There are two exceptions that I know of. Me, as I never put any up in the first place and Colombia, where they stretch the Christmas holidays well into the middle of January and beyond. Christmas isn't huge here. It's Massive. Every city, town and village pushes the boat out with lights to celebrate the birth of Christ. It was just after dusk on a balmy Sunday's evening that I met up with Adriana again. She wanted to visit Pueblito Pais (a typical Medellin village) which was festively festooned with lights. I'd spent the day taking in a bit of culture, visiting museums, churches and the like. Since my mum died in 2013 I find an inner peace and ... read more
Lighthouse
The river
Ship

South America » Colombia » Medellin January 8th 2015

The journey from Medellin airport to the city takes about 40 minutes in a cab. As we reached the top of one mountain the city stretched north to south along a deep valley below. A vast city, not as big as Bogota, but buildings constructed high into the mountain side. Countless high rise buildings constructed amongst a green, lush countryside. With a clear blue sky above it looked an amazing sight. I'm staying at a hostel in Parque Lleras, in the Poblado district, one of many areas built on the side of steep hills.It's in the heart of the action with numerous bars and cafés surrounding it. The parque is lit with Christmas lights still. The hostel also boasts a piano. Result. My first impression of Medellin then is as Joe described. Awesome. A busy, vibrant ... read more
Artwork
Lights of hope
Old building

South America » Colombia » Medellin January 4th 2015

We had another slowish start to our day, and packed up and checked out of the hostel. We got breakfast at Sams before catching the bus to Medellin. In Medellin, we took the metro to our hostel. It's sure nice to have a metro since buses are usually hard to figure out for me. Even the Trans Milenio in Bogota seemed unnecessarily complicated. Medellin is the only city in Colombia with a metro, and in general this city seems very modern by comparison. The city sits in a valley, and the elevated metro is actually a great way to see the city. We found our hostel in a quiet neighbourhood on the southern end of the city, and checked in. We booked a private room, and it was really nice, like a nice hotel room. With ... read more
Outdoor Botero Statue
Square Out Front of the Museum
Inside the Museum

South America » Colombia » Medellin December 24th 2014

A Colombian Christmas I am sitting here nursing one of many hangovers and trying to think of where to start telling you about our Colombian Christmas. This is made harder as I will have to go all the way back to the end of November, which is when Christmas officially starts in Colombia. 30th November The festivities begin at midnight on Nov 30th where there is a huge celebration in Medellin to welcome in December with fireworks and parties all over the city. We had been partying all day as it was the daughter of our host family’s first communion which was lovely to be a part of. The church was packed as they do all of the communions in one go, there were over a hundred children all together. First communions are a big deal ... read more
Chiva!
Los Alumbrados
As many fresh mangoes as we could eat in the finca

South America » Colombia » Medellin December 11th 2014

Best city Ive ever been to? Medellin. And its not just me who thinks it. They currently hold the title of the worlds most innovative city thanks to their free sports facilities all across the city, well designed public transport and so much to do that I could barely do half of everything I wanted in five days there. The hostel I stayed in was really good - right across the road from free soccer pitches, running track, basketball courts and outdoor gym but strangely 80% of the people there were Americans and all were either working or studying down in Medellin. "So anyone up for Botanical Gardens, Parque Arvi, game tonight..? No...?? You've already been since you've been here 4 months?? OK just myself so!" First things first. I finally made it to a South ... read more
Fruit Marketing
Botoro Square
Posinous Frogs




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