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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 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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