You've seen Narcos and a documentary on Escobar, you may have heard of the FARC and enjoy a Colombian deep roast, maybe you vaguely know of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, you’ve shaken hips to Shakira, are aware of the biodiversity, of the architecture of Cartagena (even the Obama bodyguard scandal). But you probably know very little more than this and nothing that prepares you for the Malltastic reality of modern, metropolitan Medellin!
something beautiful happened a little boy said "mummy mummy I want to shake the policeman's hand" and without further a do, he made bee line for the nearest militiaman, armed to the teeth ....see what happened next
..I was swinging there thinking, I need to grow a pair and chill out ....musing on whether I would pass the SAS training and swiftly concluding epic fail, if this "white noise" terror was used in the capture simulation....
A poem is not needed when you have Sky buckets and metro queues, sultry chicas and graffiti blues...
If your alternative is to work 60 hour weeks for the minimum wage, with no job security, then you’d best get your hustle on....
what are the 7 best things about Medellín living?
What beers can you get in Colombia? Check out this overview so you know which cold one ‘chela bien fría’ to go for
El Metrocable - Why don't they shoot at us ...ain't it intrusive ...what do they think of us ...would you be able to do this above Rio De Janeiro, home to the Little Zeh of Cidade de Deus ...I don't think so? Unless you wanted to be a gondola piñata, pot shots for gangs at war with the cops below.
San Jeronimo - hooked on street art in Colombia. I'm hooked on the street art in Colombia. Our trip to San Jeronimo near Medellín didn't disappoint. Check out the photos: A rustic Juice bar run by a little old lady from her porch with almond milk on tap! What could have been left as grey … Continue reading San Jeronimo: 1st Blissful Weekend Outside Medellín.
The beautiful eye catching designs and vibrant colours, provoke an infectious smile, bringing to life the magical realism of Marquez, where the mundane transcends the now, to brush the outer edges of the known.
...why not bust out of Medellin, hire a finca (country retreat) for the weekend? Here’s how and where to go?
Errrrr....you have you been watching too much Netflix, it's time to debunk the stereotypes!
... wanted to love Bogotá but, beyond the obvious advantage of scale, employment and institutional importance. It feels like a reluctant melting pot where most are there by necessity, rather than choice...:
You drive from Medellín to Guatapé, along winding roads. 2 hours stuck behind diesel spewing trucks, that make you realise how infrastructure holds back development. At last the giant rock, el Penol de Guatapé. Then finally, rising over the brow of a hill, after passing many a narcos former hide-out, you see the giant rock, el … Continue reading Guatapé – El Peñón, 740 steps (a blooming big rock!) Colombia
Medellín metro art Medellin brimming with street art that transforms otherwise run- down or oppressive urban concrete, with a self expression that reflects the zest and vibrancy of culture and place! We traveled to Santa Marta on the coast and loved the street art bringing tropical flavours to the laid back resort vibe. Check this … Continue reading Street art in Colombia (Santa Marta and Medellín)
You gotta visit the Botanical Gardens ...great place for first date too!
First night out at an expat event 2 days after landing in Medellín. The expat bubble, not for me....