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Feb 20, 2020 - Day 20

To get to Arvi park, I took light rail first for 11 stops, then change to a cable car. This is part of the metro system, no extra payment is needed. After 3 stops I had to change to another cable car to Arvi park. The poor people at Medellin live on the hill side. Without the cable car it was difficult to get around by bus. AS the tour guide stated yesterday that the light rail and cable car changed the lifes of poor people. Now, they can get jobs far away from where they live. Indeed, I seldom saw people on the street doing nothing....

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Feb 19, 2020 - Day 19

I checked in with a staff at the meeting place at 7:30am. To my surprise there were about 30 people on the bus. The total capacity is 40. It is a nice bus with comfortable seat and air conditioning. The guide speaks Ok English. The first stop was at a restaurant for a simple breakfast: Arepa with fresh cheese and sugarcane water. I was at a table with 2 Canadians, 1 Frenchman, 1 Chinese who works at Belgium and 1 Hungarian. We are a miniature United Nation. The next stop is a small town called Marilillo. It has a museum that houses the...

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Feb 18, 2020 - Day 18

Last night I did not sleep well. Though the apartment is on the 11th floor, there were lots of traffic noise until mid-night or early morning. Today is an easy day. I planned to bird two small parks nearby, then have lunch somewhere, after some rest during the hottest hour of the day, I will go visit Casa Museo Santa Fe and the zoo. Medellin has a nickname of eternal spring, but it is much hotter than Bogota ranging from 65F at night to about 85F during the day. It is too hot for me. At breakfast I noticed the pair of the Palm Tanagers were...

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Feb 17, 2020 - Day 17

Today is a travel day. Since there is a bus that goes to airport just 1 block away, I decided not to take Taxi but this bus. I said goodbye to Maria and Chad last night and wished them good luck on everything. Sandra came by at 9:00pm and said goodbye to me. I gave her a calendar of my photos for 2020. I think she and her boyfriend will appreciate it. She also met me at 6:45am when I was leaving. I will miss her. When I got to the airport, I found Viva airline’s check in counter. The staff directed me to a line with lots of people. I...

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Jan 27, 2019 - Sunday Afternoon at the San Antonio town square Park

In San Antonio and most other places in Colombia, Thursday - Sunday is when everyone visits the town Plaza Park. Venders put up kiosks for food, drinks, clothing, potted plants and souvenirs. It seems everyone from infants in strollers to elders helped along by family members is there to socialize and shop the kiosks. I stood and watched a man with many customers around his kiosk making what looked like cheese on a grill. I decided to try one and when he motioned to a container with white sauce I thought it would be something like spicy...

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Jan 26, 2019 - Tutucan Park in San Antonio Antioquia, Colombia

This beautiful Saturday morning drew us outdoors and on a one mile walk to the Park on the other side of the San Antonio Square. A huge public park across rolling hills and valleys with plenty of play areas for children including bumper cars, a Ferris Wheel, and a carousel. At the far end was a lake with boats for rent and even a small train encircling the park. We wandered to the top of a hill to see the colonial plaza with buildings, restaurants, and a church. There was an outdoor stage with actors portraying something from colonial...

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Jan 22, 2019 - A Day Trip to Santa Fe, Colombia

From our lovely Posada San Sebastián in San Jeronimo we decided to visit the colonial town of Santa Fe for the day. The owner of the hotel was nice enough to drive us there and arranged for a taxi to deliver us back in the afternoon. Sante Fe was founded in 1541 when Colombia was a colony of Spain. It’s main wealth then was from gold mining, now agriculture and tourism. Known for its colonial buildings, cobbled lanes and tamarind candies, the whole city is a national monument. Even though it was a hot, steamy day, we enjoyed our sightseeing...

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Jan 21, 2019 - An Excursion to Medellin and San Jeronimo, Colombia

Saturday we took a bus from San Antonio into Medellin, about an hour ride over curvy roads hanging on the edge of the Andes. We are to spend a night at Mary’s preferred Medellin Hotel the Hotel Laureles. I did the booking because I get a Booking.com discount and because non citizens don’t have to pay the 19% COP tax. But I made a mistake bringing the laminated copy of my passport and not the real passport. They needed the passport stamp I got on entry. However they were trusting enough to ask me to email a picture of it to them later. I...

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Jan 12, 2019 - San Antonio de Pereira Antioquia, Colombia

The best type of traveling can be about visiting friends. So now I’m in San Antonio Antioquia, Colombia for a return visit with my friend Mary who decided about 4 years ago to move here from the US. She has a lovely home in the small ‘plaza’ town of San Antonio and is making a very relaxed retired life here. And I am amazed at how inexpensive it is to live here. Every morning after coffee I try to take a walk in the nearby park. Later in the afternoon we walk to the plaza where we get the “Especial de dia”. daily lunch special. It consists...

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Mar 1, 2018 - Medellin

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Colombia chapter Medellín and Zona Cafetera has to say about Medellín: “Medellín packs the punch of a city twice its size. Situated in a narrow valley, the city’s skyline reaches for the heavens, setting high-rise apartment and office buildings against a backdrop of jagged peaks in every direction. Its pleasant climate gives the city its nickname – the City of Eternal Spring – and the moderate temperatures put a spring in the locals’ steps, at work and at play. It’s a bustling...

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Jul 31, 2017 - Guatape

The weather was all over the board today - cloudy, overcast, we drove through fog as we climbed in altitude, and beautiful clear skies at the lake. The breakfast buffet was nice at this hotel. They had good scrambled eggs with ham, an omelet station, tangerine juice, plus all of the regular cheeses, meats, cereal, pastries, etc. The breakfast area was a covered open air restaurant. On the bus at 8:00, our local guide, Julian, talked about his life in relation to what was happening in Medellin. He talked about the unrest, FARC, religion,...

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Jul 30, 2017 - Medellin

Weather was cloudy, but no rain. We did breakfast at 6:00 today. Bags out at 6:30 and on bus at 7:00 for our ride to the airport for our flight to Medellin. Diego arranged for a group checkin, all we had to do was wait for him to return our passport with our boarding pass. We had a 9:01 flight today. We arrived in Medellin about 10:00. Diego made sure our luggage was gathered and taken to the bus. We met Julian, who was to be our local guide for Medellin. (The "ll" usually is pronounced as a "y" sound, but when Diego & Julian pronounced...

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