Blogs from Medellin, Colombia, South America - page 7


South America » Colombia » Medellin April 2nd 2012

Day 168 Tuesday 27th March After the long haul yesterday we both felt stuffed and so slept in as much as our hard bed would let us. This is only our second hotel in Colombia but we have discovered a disturbing trend with the beds. They are generally only 30cm off the floor and the sheets are short and don’t quite cover you completely, and in fact barely cover the bed, I just hope this isn’t the norm for the country. Our breakfast today was a bit of scrambled egg, really weak coffee, a small piece of unbuttered bread and a large piece of corn bread. The corn bread was very dense and dry and so wasn’t the nicest thing to try and digest for breakfast and so we decided to leave it and ... read more

South America » Colombia » Medellin April 2nd 2012

From the time we arrived in the Colombia, we hadn’t heard anyone say a negative thing about Medellin. Rumors of extra clean streets, good public transportation and some of the friendliest people in Colombia built up our excitement in a hurry. This would be quite a change from years past when Medellin was the murder capital of the world during the days of Pablo Escobar. Of course we love to hear other travelers’ advice but take everything with a grain of salt, so we had to see for ourselves! It’s always nice when you can get to where you want to stay in a city without having to pay for a cab. The metro proved to be almost as easy and FAR cheaper, especially when you meet people who took a cab from where the metro ... read more
Coffee beans outside of the case
Beautiful sunset over the mountains
Us in the cable car

South America » Colombia » Medellin March 28th 2012

Op naar Medellin, de tweede stad van Colombia. De busreis met Expreso Brasilia(ik dacht dat ik in Colombia was) naar Medellin nam 14 uur in beslag waarvan ik toch een groot deel heb kunnen slapen. Gelukkig maar want 14 uur lang naar een horror movie kijken is niet leuk....ik bedoel niet de film die vertoond werd, maar de film die door de voorruit van de bus zichtbaar was. Een slingerweg door de bergen heen met afgronden van zeker 100 meter diep. De buschauffeur reed de bus alsof het een formule 1 wagen was. Hij gooide de bus door de bochten en had er geen probleem mee vlak voor een bocht waar geen zicht is in te halen. Gelukkig is dit niet uitzonderlijk en verwacht het tegemoet komende verkeer het min of meer. Uiteraard veel de claxon ... read more
Maria van de koplampen
Medellin metro
Uitzicht van het hostel

South America » Colombia » Medellin February 20th 2012

My time here in Colombia is coming to an end... I have five more days before I head to Hawaii. I absolutely love this place and am looking forward to coming back here after my stay in South Korea. The past two weeks have been quite different than the rest of my trip because I have been living as a Colombia, well not so much as a travelor. No I do not go to work or school, but I have been living in Medellin with a family. I go to work with them sometimes or I go to school with them. It has been great, one of my friends is going to school for Civil Engineering and I go to classes with him... and take notes... in Spanish... AND I understand what is going on! Haha, ... read more

South America » Colombia » Medellin February 11th 2012

Day 2 in Colombia and our final day in Medellin means cramming everything in under 12 hours. We were advised by a local to take the Turibus tour that also provided English speaking tour guides. That allowed Jose to not have to translate for the most part. There were 15 others on the bus and the tour guide spoke in Spanish for 20 minutes then condensed what he just said to 4 sentences of English. :) It was enough, though and he was nice and friendly to us. They did, however, have USA music playing on the radio and we got a little Vanilla Ice and Ice Ice Baby. :) We stopped a various places during the Turibus. In Downtown Medellin, there was a plaza that had huge figures/statues by the artist Fernando Botero. We also ... read more

South America » Colombia » Medellin » Guatape February 10th 2012

Hola! We made it to Medellin, Colombia! It was a direct flight out of FLL to Medellin via Spirit Air. Customs was very easy and painless to get through. We stopped to exchange money for the cab ride to the hotel and were excited to learn that we were charged less than a $1 for the fees. Colombia uses the Colombian peso and currently we get approx 1800 pesos for $1 USD. The cab ride took us down the mountain into the city of Medellin. The views were beautiful and full of red brick buildings thoughout the city. The experience of riding in a cab was very scary and interesting. Dogs roamed freely and knew how to evade the vehicles. Motorcyclists swerved in and out of traffic and the cars were constantly watching their side view ... read more

South America » Colombia » Medellin December 30th 2011

This blog is out of sequence, we still need to tell you about all the fun times in Panama and the boat trip to Colombia, but we wanted to get this blog out of the way before the new year to start 2012 afresh. 26 days ago after an afternoon of sightseeing in Medellin, we walked back to casa Waldron salivating over the promise of bacon sandwiches and out of nowhere I was hit by a speeding motor bike and have been hospitalised ever since. Thankfully I have no recollection of the accident, but Dave still has nightmares about it. I was hit by the motorbike and thrown 15+ metres along the road. I suffered 5 fractures of my pelvis, one in the lumbar sacral area, and four in the front, and my left hand (my ... read more
Dave and Sean dressed for isolation
frankenstein hand
finger gymnasium

South America » Colombia » Medellin December 29th 2011

Medellin was a really pleasant surprise. Admittedly we weren't quite sure what to expect. We'd heard it was much cooler in central Colombia, spread out, and recalled all those stories from the '80s and '90s when the city was known as among the most violent in the world. Today's Medellin couldn't have been further from any of that. The weather was sunny and an agreeable 26 degrees Celsius the entire time we were there, it was easy to get around thanks to a super-clean and efficient metro system, and people were extremely friendly which, we learned, is especially characteristic of the region’s people, known as the paisas (people who inhabit a region over northwest Colombia in the Andes). We figured a great way to begin our time in Medellin, which was extremely lush and green, was ... read more

South America » Colombia » Medellin December 26th 2011

Cable cars lead you over the barrio (neighborhood). From the cars you can see Medellin in its entirety; a city of 4 million. The city has characteristic red-shingled roof tops, the color of blood, ironically. Medellin was once the murder capital of the world. Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar was killed here. As we glided over the neighborhood I couldn’t help but wonder of the violence that once perverted this city. Kids playing soccer and running around the neighborhood distracted me from that thought. They noticed we were looking down on them and they smiled and waved. Joy. At the top of the mountain is a nature reserve. Doesn’t it feel great to say those two words together? NATURE…RESERVE….Out of the concrete jungle and into the forest. Beautiful. The mountain plateaus and five minutes later you ... read more

South America » Colombia » Medellin December 25th 2011

Medellin, Colombia Walking through the market on Christmas Eve is nuts. Vendors line the streets by the thousands. Dodge pedestrians, weave in and out of traffic, avoid kids running at your feet; 10 minutes later and congratulations! You’ve made it 100 meters. Overwhelming. There certainly is some beauty behind the chaos. There are tons and tons of tropical fruit at your fingertips, music and dancing, and a machine grinding fresh sugar cane into juice. Add a hint of lime and imagine the taste. ..refreshing. If markets are your thing, this is the king of all markets. Next was the museum. Botero Botero Botero. Fernando Botero. The man that makes chunky look good. An entire floor dedicated to his art and about 20 sculptures outside. Such a unique style! I meander through the museum looking at painting ... read more

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