Those Medellin Kids!

Trip Start Aug 03, 2011
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Flag of Colombia  , Antioquia,
Sunday, November 27, 2011

The bus journey lasted a little over 12 hours and we arrived in Medellin around 10 am. It is often said that the climate in Medellin is Spring like all year round and we were met by a pleasantly warm and sunny day. For some reason, Edgar elected to join a group of local ladies in their Sunday morning Dance Aerobics class in the Bus terminal (only sporting his thermals) before we again squeezed into a Chevy Ganga and headed off to a hostel. We opted for the Black sheep in El Poblado a swanky part of town home to many major international companies but close enough to the zona rosa should we elect to indulge in some festivities.

Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed by the New Zealand owner and took up residence in a spacious dorm - we also signed up for the hostel BBQ that was scheduled for that evening (the prospect of all you can eat meat being too much of a temptation particularly for two hungry Germans). I had decided that I could no longer cope without a camera and that I would use Sunday afternoon to head to the nearby shopping mall in search of a suitable electronics vendor.

After an enjoyable afternoon just strolling around, the four of us returned to the hostel having enjoyed donuts and with me in possession of a brand spanking new Canon Powershot Elph 300HS! That afternoon/evening we all just chilled out at the hostel and feasted on the meat mountain that was served up.

Next day, we four bold adventurers set out to explore Medellin jumping on the modern (and I might add highly efficient underground (well I say underground, it's actually an overground so really it should be called something other than Tube or Subway - I think i'll settle on "Metro") followed by the cable car (which forms part of the main transport infrastructure) up to a barrio high above Santa Domingo where we were able to take in the impressive vista of Medellin and the seemingly model village appearance of buildings draped high on the sides of the valley. and generally make a nuisance of ourselves

We headed back into the centre of town to Plaza Botero where we admired the strangely wonderful bronze sculptures of Fernando Botero (possibly Medellins second most famous son after El Patron himself) before, on the recommendation of a slightly odd gentleman called William who appeared to be a something of a cross between Lord Bath and a tramp to a smashing restaurant where for 12,000 pesos (4) we enjoy a delicious 3 course meal including beverage.

The afternoon was spent sat in a bar overlooking Plaza Botero, people watching (and my god there were some bizarre people) before we headed to the Museum De Antioquia (which somehow we managed to get in for free) to satisfy our desire for some culture.

On returning to the hostel, Martin and Matthias readied their bags - they were heading off to Peru whilst Edgar and I plotted our next move - . Amy and Shon from Impetus were in town and so we headed over to their hostel, Casa Kiwi, near the zona rosa for a few drinks and a catch up.


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Dave Tidey on

More shots of Amy please!!!!!

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