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Feb 23, 2020 - Day 23

When I woke up at 6:00am, the weather was not great but not raining yet. Slept a little more then got up at 6:45am. Went out to check the beginning of the Trail Mulata. It was quiet. Decided not to walk the trail but go opposite along the main trail to see if I could spot a Tiger Heron. No luck. At 8:20am decided to quit and go for breakfast. Paid the front desk for my lodging and asked if it is OK to leave my key in the room. Went back to my room and did the last-minute packing. By 10:00am just before I leave, it started to rain. It rained...

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Feb 22, 2020 - Day 22

It is so quiet here that I finally had a good sleep. The noise at the apartment in Medellin was too much. I do not know how Andres deals with it. Woke up at 6:00am as usual and felt refreshed. For the past few days I have had pain on the lower left side of my back. I think it is due to uneven load by only have the camera on the right side but binocular on my neck. Since yesterday I started to put the binocular on the left side of my shoulder strap as I used to do, and the pain is gone. How interesting how the body works. The bad news is...

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Feb 21, 2020 - Day 21

Andres came back early morning. I got up quietly at 5:45am. After a simple breakfast, I did the last-minute packing. I left Andres a note that says if he has somebody to check in on Sunday, just move my luggage out of the room. I found the bus station at 7:30am. The reservation I made was for 8:15am express van. The bus station is very large with over 50 bus companies. Since there is no train, bus is the major transportation for long distance except fly. It has lots of people but seemed orderly and there was no shouting nor quarreling. The...

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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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