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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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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 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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Jan 13, 2017 - Colombia – Medellin

Ahhhhh a sleep in day. Nice to have those every now and then. We had nothing pressing so we had a leisurely breakfast and then walked to the Poblado Metro Station. Medellin has been very progressive with their Metro, adding an extremely modern train from the south to the north of the city (over 31km), and 4 or 5 cable car routes up the various hillside barrios, or cumunas. We purchased 2 tickets each and as long a short we didn’t leave the ‘fare paid’ area, we could ‘ride the rails’ all day. We took the train from Poblado to the last...

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Jan 11, 2017 - Colombia – Medellin

Ahhh Medellin, the ‘City of Eternal Spring’, what a lovely city. The majority of people live in apartments or condominiums from the valley right up to the peaks surrounding the city. It is very dramatic and beautiful. The material of choice is brick, so tall red/brown structures are backed against the lush green hills. And it seems this ‘dry season’ is unusual as we have been getting rain and thunderstorms each day, so lush it will stay! Our first 2 days here we took the local TuriBus, similar to a Hop-On, Hop-Off, however at each stop they...

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Jan 10, 2017 - Colombia – Marsella to Medellin

Adios Marsella, Hola Medellin! We are up early, packed and ready to go by 7:00am, and then we look outside…..it’s pouring, and we have about 10-15 minutes to walk to the bus terminal. Thankfully, like most tropical storms, it is over in a few minutes and we head out. We catch the 7:30am cooperativo and squeeze into seats with our backpacks – why do the seem to expand as the trip goes on? Traffic was a little heavier, finally it is a work day, however we still managed to be at the Pereira bus terminal by 9:00am, an hour early. Time went by...

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Aug 11, 2015 - Back in Medellín

I've been back in Medellín for about a week now, and the job search is already frustrating. Between needing a visa and at least 2 years of teaching experience in order to be hired, I haven't had much luck yet (especially considering that classes start very soon). I'm thinking that I may have to go to Bogotá or a smaller town to find work, but I would much rather stay here if I can. So, the search continues. For the meantime (until I find a job and an apartment of my own), I'm staying at the same house where I stayed during the CELTA course...

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Jul 14, 2015 - 7-14-15

I'm sitting in the Fort Lauderdale airport right now, officially back in the US after one of the most challenging and fulfilling months of my life. We actually finished and PASSED the CELTA course (we technically don't have our certificates yet, but the hope is that they'll arrive in the mail soon)!! The last ten days have been incredible, and it's hard to believe that my time in Medellín has come to an end. I've been up since 3 in the morning after getting to bed around 12:30 - every time I book a 6am flight, I say it will be the last...

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Jul 4, 2015 - 7-4-15

I can't believe I leave Medellín in 10 days! It's bittersweet - I will feel so accomplished at the end of this class, but I will miss everyone and everything so much. I have made it through what was probably (hopefully) the hardest week of the course, and now I only have ONE lesson left to teach next week! Today was my first hour-long lesson, and I taught the students a little bit about Columbus. Between talking about home and the fact that it's 4th of July weekend, I got a little nostalgic! I haven't really been homesick otherwise, though...

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Colombia 2015

Jun 27, 2015 - 6-27-15

June 26, 2015 - a day that will go down in history! There is finally marriage equality in all 50 states, and I wish I could have been home to see it happen. I felt proud of my citizenship for a change! Now, on to the next big issues. Anyway, we are just about halfway through the course, and we are heading into the toughest week! I have two assignments and a lesson plan due on Tuesday, so it's a good thing we have a 3-day weekend (although I'll be working for most of it). As much work and stress as the class has been, I actually will miss...

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Colombia 2015

Jun 21, 2015 - 6-21-15

First of all, happy Father's Day to all of the wonderful fathers out there! I wish I could be spending it with my dad, but at least we had a long Skype call this morning. :) We have officially finished our first week of the CELTA course, and let me tell you, it wasn't easy. After day 3, I was looking for the quickest way out! However, after talking with a couple of my tutors, I decided to take it one day at a time and keep going until I tear my hair out. To put it simply, my tutor told me that they have had soldiers who have been to...

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Jun 15, 2015 - 6-15-15

Lots to report this time! After returning to Medellín with my mom this past Thursday, we took it easy for a day and then headed over to one of the most visited spots in the city, Plaza Botero. Fernando Botero is a famous Colombian artist, and his work is proudly displayed in this cultural center and museum. After our day trip to the plaza, we went to meet my host mom. Her name is Diana, and she could not have been more wonderful - or intelligent (she is a biologist who has lived in many different places, including New York when she won a...

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