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added on 08/03/2009 by: dave925
Medellin Living chronicles an American's attempt to find work as an English teacher and further develop his online income and travel writing experience while discovering Colombia, learning Spanish, salsa dancing, and whatever else may arise.
 tags: colombia, medellin, party, teach, travel

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Best Ribs in Medellín  Posted on 10/21/2014
The 600 grams at Humo might be better for a big eater (photo: David Lee) One of the biggest things I miss about living in America has to be good BBQ, and I got used to eating it whenever I wanted. It’s the little things that are...
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Apartment Rental Costs in Medellín  Posted on 10/20/2014
Apartment buildings in Lomo de Los Bernal, a barrio in Belén Since I have been living in Medellín for over three years and I have lived in five different barrios in the city, I have been asked frequently about the apartment...
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La Bistronomía: Gourmet Dishes at Affordable Prices  Posted on 10/17/2014
The sauteed pork with mashed potatoes and spinach, topped with a sweet relish, was worth the 15,900 pesos For whatever reason, places exist that get your attention but not enough for you to take a closer look. La Bistronomía is one...
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Café Zeppelin: A Spacious, German-Owned Café  Posted on 10/16/2014
Outdoor seating is slightly raised above the sidewalk Café Zeppelin is a German-owned café a few short blocks from the Segundo Parque de Laureles. I first learned of it from Ryan, as he’s been closer to the...
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Rio Sur: Trendy Nightlife and Boutique Shopping  Posted on 10/15/2014
Rio Sur Rio Sur is the most recent mall to open on the upmarket stretch of Avenida Poblado known as “Milla de Oro” (Golden Mile). The doors to this repurposed building opened in 2011. Despite the fact that La Strada,...
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Ocio Restaurant: Celebrating My 38th Birthday in Style  Posted on 10/14/2014
The red neon sign outside Ocio I timed my return to Medellín last month to coincide with my 38th birthday and the departure of my friend Mark and his girlfriend, Fernanda. We initially planned on dinner with a few friends at a...
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Everyday Joy in Medellín  Posted on 10/13/2014
Editor’s Note: What follows is an excerpt from the foreword to Everyday Joy: Or, How To Be Happier and Healthier, and Party All The Time by Zachary Stockill. I live in the top floor penthouse of an apartment building in the...
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Medellín Beer Factory: The Kings of Beer  Posted on 10/10/2014
Medellín Beer Factory (photo: David Lee) If you’re looking for a place to drink beer in the city, Medellín Beer Factory is the place to be. Not to be confused with Bogotá Beer Company, this one is strictly...
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Café Zorba: An Artsy Café with Terrific Pizzas  Posted on 10/09/2014
Entrance to Café Zorba The facade is as unassuming as they come. A blank white wall, with not even a sign above the door to inform patrons they’re in the right place. Café Zorba is the speakeasy of Medellín...
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Unicentro: A Western-Style Mall in Laureles  Posted on 10/06/2014
Main Entrance to Centro Comerical Unicentro Centro Comercial Unicentro is one of only two Western-style mall located in Laureles in Medellín, the other being Centro Comercial Viva at the other end of the community. Unicentro is...
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  • PeterHe 24 September 2012 01:40:56

    Hi folks, I\'m Belgian living 40 minutes from Medellin in Marinilla. We have a restaurant with international cuisine, famous for having every day a different special.

    No real problems with drug cartels and such over here. I have lived 4 years in Medellin and now 2 years in Marinilla, never had a security issue whatsoever. You do not have to go looking for trouble, stay away from drugs and stay away from certain parts of town and you will be safe without problems, listen to the locals !

  • Dave 10 November 2011 13:32:08

    To Barry Belau -- No, I haven't looked into purchasing property in Medellin so I can't be of any help with this. Google "apartments in Medellin" and you'll find severa websites that rent and sell properties, several of which cater to foreigners (and are in English).

    To Debbie Bosley -- Thanks. 1. Of course if I had my way, I'd rather not live in a city with drug gangs, but this is true of any big city in the world, it's just that Medellin has the bad reputation as a result of Pablo Escobar. Gang and narco-violence is targeted at tourists, so yea, don't go looking for drugs and you'll generally be fine. BUT, regular street crime does happen -- most commonly, pickpockets and robbery. 2. The weather in Medellin is like that year round, yes. But Colombia is a big country, and it is much hotter on the coasts than in Medellin. Bogota can get quite cold at night. Same with the mountains. Every part of the country has a dry and wet season too.

  • Debbie Bosley 09 November 2011 15:03:09

    Hello Dave:
    I found your blog very interesting. I have 2 questions.
    1. Does it bother you that the Drug Cartel is in the same town? Or is it true that if you do not bother them, they will not bother you?

    2. Also, I was told that the weather and climate in Columbia is 60-75 degrees all year round. Is that true?

    Thank you. and Take Care.

  • bbelau26
    bbelau26 28 March 2010 05:23:36


    Do you know the laws about foreigners buying/owning real estate in Medellin? Or where on the net should I search for this question? Any advice would be much appreciated.. dying to visit Barry Belau

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