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Monday, October 10, 2011

We spent two days exploring Medellin, to start off with we didn´t really have a plan for Medellin. The first day we decided to go to the city centre, since German our receptionist had to take guapa, the dog, out for a walk he offered to walk us to the metro station. We ended up walking all the way to town, it took around 40 minutes but was a nice way to get a bit of a feel to the city.

The city centre is not at all as impressive as Bogota at first look. We got straight to Parque Berrío and had a look at some really impressive murals painted in a gangway between Parque Berrío and a square with Botero bronze statues. The Botero statues were impressive and nice to see after being in the Botero Museum in Bogota. The sky cleared up and it got really sunny, of course I got burnt!

Because of the nice weather we just kept walking around town following the sights we could see on the map. We ended up in Parque San Antonio which also had Botero statues, one really stood out since it was destroyed. We went to see if it was supposed to be like that, turns out it was destroyed in a bombing in 1995 in the same park, many people were killed. I liked that they kept the ruined statue as a reminder of the bombing and the people killed.

We had seen that there was a park called, Parque de los pies descalzos (the bare foot park). This was in a newer more modern part, where the government buildings were located. The park itself has a fountain waterfall and some sand in front where anyone (mainly kids) can take their shoes off and play in the sand and water. It was really busy since this week the kids have school holidays. Just a little bit further on we saw a stage and ended up in a free concert of the Medellin philharmonic orchestra due to the Medellin International Music Festival. The clouds started moving in over Medellin so as the concert started we decided to head back. This time by metro. The metro in Medellin is great, it is all overground so it gives a great overview of the city. On the way back we got some stuff in the supermarket to prepare some dinner in the hostel. The evening we just spent chilling out in front of the flat screen TV that we still had to ourselves.



The second day we got some tips from German about what to visit. First we took a walk up Cerro Nutibarra which is a lookout point not far from the hostel. At the top they had a miniature traditional paisa village which was really cute. It was also a great place to get some beautiful views of the city. Then it started raining again. We stopped for a quick lunch and walked down to the metro. German had told us about how there is one part of the metro that has a cable car part going up the mountain. Sounded interesting so we took the metro to the station were we had to change for the cable car. The same ticket was valid for the cable car so it was just to get off the metro and queue up for the cable car. It was great!! Like a fun fair ride. It is a cable car extension of the metro line going straight up the mountain so the people living up on the hill don´t have to walk all the way up. In the evening we just took it easy and prepared some food in the hostel again. The next day we had a long bus journey again. This time to Bucaramanga.
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Alejandro Sanz on

Hello Emelie!

How is it going?! From what I have been reading you two are doing really really well! Your pics are amazing and your writings make me want to go to Colombia even that I have some security concerns and it's not on my TOP 10 of countries I'll visit, but you really make it safe and "curioso"!).

I wish you the best! keep writing! I'll keep reading! And looking at those amazing pics!

emelie78
emelie78 on

Hi Alejandro, it is an amazing country and the people are so kind and helpful. There are still very few Spanish tourist.... This weekend we head for the Caribbean coast which should be great, looking forward to some sun and beach, and the diving course!!
Hope all is well in Madrid!
Take care!
Un beso

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