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Feb 12, 2015 - A Trip to Guatape

Today we got a late start for our trip to Guatape. Pronunced 'Guad a PAY'. Be sure to accent the last syllable or no one recognizes it. We start off from San Antonio to Rionegro. In Rionegro we can't find a bus to take us on to Guatape. There is not one single bus station in Rionegro but many scattered around the town. We walk from one to one and are finally directed to 'the galeria'. We don't know what the galeria is but keep following pointing fingers and waving arms to an area where they sell construction supplies. We are told this is...

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Feb 11, 2015 - Touring Medellin

Medellin. In Colombia pronunced 'med ah jean'. In Panama it is pronounced 'Med ah yee un'. Spanish for chicken is pollo. Pronounced in Colombia 'po jo. in Panama and St. Croix it is pronunced 'po ee yo'. We took a bus from San Antonio to Rionegro. We always have to bus to Rionegro to go anywhere. On the outskirts of Medellin we take a taxi to the Plaza Botero. Unfortunately we got one of those drivers wanting to make extra money by driving us everywhere except where we wanted to go. Plaza Botero is very large and very interesting for the...

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Feb 9, 2015 - A Bus Trip to La Union, Colombia

Today is not as cloudy as yesterday so we are off by bus to La Union a small mountain town where we heard there was a wonderful restaurant and artisian cheese factory. It was about an hour and a half trip. Another bus ride over very curvy mountain roads with the driver going lickity split. Yes, wimp that I am I had to close my eyes and pray. It was a quaint, small town, not quiet as well heeled looking as San Antonio. Two gentelmen where singing on the corner of the plaza and I posed with them for a picture. I liked the hats all the men...

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Feb 7, 2015 - Arriving in Medellin, Colombia

My friend Mary was kind enough to meet me at the Medellin Airport and had a taxi take us to where she now lives abut 40 miles from downtown Medellin in an area called RioNegro and to a smaller 'plaza' town called San Antonio. It has rained since my arrival, but we took a walk around the plaza where there are stalls of venders in the center plaza and restaurants, bakeries, and small grocery stores around the outside edge. It is a quiet and clean town. There is a security policeman who walks or bicycles around the neighborhood all night and...

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Jun 16, 2014 - Days 301 to 304 - Medellin, Colombia

I caught the night bus from Popayan at 8.00pm on Thursday 12th June and arrived in Medellin the following morning at 8.00am, after a fairly restless night’s sleep in the bus seat. Arriving at the hostel early doors, it was a pleasure to be able to take a shower and change way before check in; having a hot shower (with proper shower head!) and getting out of the clothes I had worn continuously for over 24 hour was great! On first appearances, Medellin does not feel anything like the world’s murder capital that had been its reputation a few...

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Sep 8, 2012 - Best western?!

I think of all of the hotels I have stayed in while living in the US and I would never brag about a Best Western but I have to say I am truly impressed with the one we are staying in for the next four nights. First of all it was so nice to get out of downtown Medellin to the Zona Rosa where all of the nice parts of the city are. Then we got to our hotel and took the elevator to the top floor where we walked into a place where we could enjoy a nice soft bed and some amazing views of the city. While the night pictures do not give justice to...

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Sep 7, 2012 - The city of eternal spring

After a very hot and muggy 12 days in Cartagena we left for the airport hoping that we would be headed for a more mild climate. As we walked out on the tarmac to find which plane was ours things started to get better. We were a little concerned as we only paid 30 dollars for our flight and usually you get what you pay for. We got on to one of the nicest planes we had both ever been on and Andrea was a flight attendant for a couple of years. Usually budget flights like Southwest are small planes that pack people on but this flight was...

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Jun 27, 2012 - Fishing in drug lord territory

Short hop on the truck to a town of Guatape set on the side of a dam - the original town was moved in the late 70's so now it is a holiday resort for people from Medillin and surrounds. The tops of the mountains are still above water so it makes for a very picturesque place. Just our side of the town is the ,sugarloaf' mountain El Penol we stopped to climb it along with hoards of locals- our truck became a tourist attraction for a while. The mountain has 740 steps to the top and I climbed everyone of them - not too bad! Must be getting used...

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Jun 26, 2012 - Cable Cars and Clubs

Arrived in Medellin Colombia's 2nd largest city with over 5 million people to our nice little hostel only to be given the smallest twin room ever with a bunk bed that took up most of the room and just enough room on the side for our bags but no room for more than one person to stand at any one time! All of the rooms were that small so couldn't even get an upgrade. Sharing with Liz and fortunately we are both pretty quick and fairly tidy. Medellin has a newish Metro and a good way to see the city was by hopping on and just going all the way...

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Mar 16, 2011 - Colombia: Medellin & Salento

MEDELLIN & SALENTO We arrived in Medellin after a fairly good overnight bus trip from Santa Marta. Having left Santa Marta on Saturday night, mid Carnavale we had no idea of what to expect when arriving in Medellin. That said, we were bowled over by the city from start to finish. We arrived at a huge and brilliantly organised bus terminal that connected us straight to the metro system which took us 10min away from our hostel to be. After a fairly disastrous taxi that took us 45min instead of 5, we finally arrived at what was definitely one...

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Feb 22, 2011 - Medellin, Colombia

February 21, 2010 I am in Toucamen International Airport in Panama waiting for my flight to Medellin, Colombia. I am pretty excited. I have been doing a lot of research on Colombia and I think it’s going to be a great country. Plus, everyone I have met that has been there says it’s great. The flight takes and hgour and 15 minutes. After I clear immigration I have to head over to the Cargo area to pick up Electra and clear customs. I am only given a 60 day visa. I am going to ask for 90 – just to give me a little extra time if needed. I...

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Jan 31, 2011 - Einer flog nach Suedamerika

Ich flog nach Suedamerika. Kloten, Madrid; nach Bogotá; dann nach Medellín. Das liegt in Kolumbien. Es war lang. Als Nachbar kriegt man auf so Fluegen dann einen dicken, (geschaetzte) 140kg schweren, (geschaetzte) 1.65m kleinen, (hoechstens) 18 Jahre jungen, Toblerone und (grosse) Packung Zweifelchips (die guten; die mit Paprika) fressenden Wortlosen zugewiesen, der staendig mit den Fingergelenken knackte (erst hats mir nichts ausgemacht; Kloten - Madrid), oder man sitzt neben Lina (Madrid - Bogotá). Lina Natalia Ramirez ist nicht dick. Sie...

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