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The city that overcame his dark past and became fantastic: Medellín

05/03/2020

After driving through an impressive landscape, old men dressed as cowboys included, and a stop for breakfast, 18h5min later, we arrived in Medellin.

We bought a Cívica card so we could use the Metro, and took it to El Poblado. From there we walk 25 minutes to the hostel, STAY Hostel Provenza, making a stop for coffee. We checked in, went for a hype bowl lunch at a nice place, Generasserbrunch, and went to Café Pergamino (Alex got a KFC burger on the way, too). The milk must have been bad and the coffee tasted horrible, and after a long time without touching it (I wasn't going to say anything about it) the waiter came and asked me what was wrong. I told him, and he brought me another one and the money back - that was the best service I've ever experienced! 

Then we walked to a nearby WeWork, booking a room on the way, and finally got our cards, after a few months of being registered and never having gone to one! We both lost them and found them (Alex in the bathroom, me in the room we got) in the first five minutes, and we could watch the sunset with free beer from the rooftop! Then we checked out the mall next door, had some fries and a McFlurry Cocósmico, thought we'd go party... and ended up eating some arepas in a park where the cool kids were pre-drinking. We were at 9PM at the hostel...

Somewhere around El Poblado
WeWork rooftop
Sunset over (a part of) Medellín

06/03/2020

We woke up early to go to the first turn of the day of the Real City Tour's free walking tour. While Alex was showering, I left the room to order our breakfasts. The choice was waffles or cereal, so I ordered waffles. But they only had one machine, so I got mine, but they were so slow Alex had to end up getting cereal to get there in time. 

We usually got bored on walking tours, but this one was amazing! Our guide, Pablo (#pablonotpedro) explained the center of the neighborhood and the history of Medellín with passion. He talked about the dark times, about Pablo Escobar, about his own experience of growing up in the city, without sounding gloomy. When he finished, we had a beer with two American girls from the tour, ate some vegetarian food and went to the cable car, to see how big Medellín actually is. Then we visited Comuna 13. It seemed too touristy and meh, to be honest. Then, two crazy buses later, we were back in El Poblado. We got organized the next day and went to dinner at La Causa, a Japanese-Peruvian fusion  restaurant SO GOOD. The food was, apart from extremely tasty, too much, so we walked a bit through Lleras Park and... back to sleep!

The first stop of our tour
Botero square
Street musicians
Street art in Comuna 13

07/03/2020

We got up early and have breakfast at 8 a.m.: avo toast and eggs. Then we took a bus to Minorista (well, we got off earlier and walked because it got stuck in a traffic jam) to meet Diana, our Exotic Fruit Tour guide. We were 7 people, one of them a woman from the previous day's tour! The tour was nice, we were able to taste many fruits that we had not heard of. At the end, while drinking a juice, we made plans to meet Aimée and Joep, from the Netherlands and Catherin, a German, to go to the football match. 

We still ate at Minorista market, for 5k for both of us! And we walked to El Hueco, initially to buy a tricot for the game. In the end we bought some things, but not that. Then we went back to El Poblado and asked at a motorcycle rental shop. It was more expensive than in Germany, so we decided not to get one. Then we went to the hostel and got our new room, since ours was not available for the extra night we wanted,  and had to wait for them to clean it. I guess they weren't expecting us so soon. So we arrived quite late to the stadium after a bus, 2 Metros and a little bit on foot, and we found Aimée and Joep by chance, since we said we would meet at gate 36... which didn't exist. The German wrote that she couldn't make it in the end. So we bought tickets, one for each couple, since for each ticket a woman could enter for free for International Women's Day (hm, ok, thanks). We had a couple of beers before the game started: Independiente Medellín vs Los Millonarios. Unfortunately, it was the second team, not Nacional, and the promised wild party was not so wild. It still was fun, and at least they won!

Then we returned to El Poblado and went back to La Causa to eat sushi with the other couple! It was still delicious. Then we went back to the hostel. This time our room had a window to the street and was noisy, but we were so tired that we didn't care much.

Some fruits at the market
Working with corn
The stadium short before starting the match
Published: 31 March 2020, by susana

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Two years after the spontaneous change of plans in which we flew to Colombo instead of Colombia because the flights were on sale, we did it. We went to Colombia. As we like to slow travel, we spent about two weeks on its Caribbean coast and another two in the coffee region. The spectacular landscapes and the friendliness of the Colombians captivated me, so I'm looking forward to coming back and seeing many more areas!

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