COLOMBIA PART II – MEDELLIN
May 17, 2019 | Travel + Style
Two days spent in Medellin was enough to convince me that this could be my second home! We stayed in Antioquia, which is about a forty five minute picturesque drive from the airport. The mountainside views were breathtaking! After checking into our apartment, we took a short walk to the local supermarket for supplies, then headed back to relax and take in the scene.
We had salsa dancing scheduled for the evening at dancefree bar, and I got my first authentic lesson from the cutest, most patient instructor.
The dress was perfect for salsa!
I loved every minute of it! The instructors made sure everyone picked up a few new moves that night. We headed into town for dinner, and a nightclub, but a torrential downpour ended the evening at dinner.
The next morning we were up bright and early for a free walking tour of Comuna 13, Colombia’s most notorious neighborhood.
But first, an authentic Colombian breakfast prepared by our maid.
Behind me is the makeshift memorial for the 138 Colombians who were murdered, or that disappeared, when the government allowed paramilitary groups to govern Comuna 13. The oil cans, which are painted and contain the names of loved ones, are also used as planters.
Comuna 13 has been able to transform and reinvent itself from its violent history, mostly as a result of accessibility. The city is made up of thousands of brick and cement homes perched closely together up along the mountainside. In the past it would take residents up to four hours getting up and down the mountain, which limited mobility, and of course, opportunity. After the overthrow of rebel groups in the early 2000’s, the government invested in the construction of stairs, escalators, and even gondolas, which has vastly improved the lives of Comuna 13 residents.
THE VIEW FROM OUR GONDOLA
Residents displayed their anger and discontent of the violence in their city through street art. Striking images can be seen all along the neighborhood depicting its violent history and the community’s hope for peace and solidarity.
A quick break for authentic ice-cream from Cremas Dona Alba.
Our tour group ran into one of the community elders, who was kind enough to share some of his wisdom with us.
Be sure to look up Sergio for a thorough and entertaining tour of Comuna 13.
We happened upon a music video being shot on our way down the mountainside.
I fell madly in love with Urbano Latino music while in Colombia. I discovered Ozuna (YouTube’s Most Viewed Artist Globally in 2018), Dennis Fernando, and Khea & Bad Bunny. Every time I hear their songs, I feel like I’m right back in Medellin!
A seven course dinner at Carmen was the perfect note to end Medellin on. The ‘reservation only’ restaurant, situated in the Poblado neighborhood, offered us the finest Colombian fare in a very elegant setting.
My travel experience to Colombia was one of the best I’ve ever had! I enjoyed soaking up every minute of the Colombian history and culture. If you missed my travel tour of Cartagena, read it HERE.
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