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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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Advice for Staying Safe in Medellín  Posted on 11/19/2014
Calle 10 by Parque Poblado (photo: David Lee) Dave received an email recently from a foreigner who was robbed at his hotel in Parque Lleras after he was drugged, another incident that made me think about staying safe in...
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Cable TV and Internet Providers in Medellín  Posted on 11/17/2014
Claro store in Los Molinos mall There are two major TV and Internet providers in Medellín that offer triple play TV, Internet and phone services: Claro and UNE. For TV services you also have the option of DirecTV (plus Internet with...
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Planetario de Medellín: An Exploration of Space  Posted on 11/12/2014
Planetario de Medellín I recently made a return visit to Medellín’s Planetarium located north of the city center in the Zona Norte. The Planetarium, officially known as the Planetario Municipal Jesús Emilio...
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Taking to the Mountains with Colombian Bike Junkies  Posted on 11/11/2014
One of CBJ’s brand new Trek Remedy 7 trail bikes Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Leah Davis. When it comes to adventure sports, I’m usually up for a good challenge. A 6-day trek to the top of...
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Dancefree: Group Salsa and Bachata Lessons  Posted on 11/10/2014
Dancefree at Betty House You don’t have to look too far in Medellín to know that dancing is a huge part of the culture. Go to your local supermarket and you’re likely to hear salsa music as you browse the...
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La Cabaña del Recuerdo: Envigado’s Tango Bar  Posted on 11/06/2014
Entrance to La Cabaña del Recuerdo La Cabaña del Recuerdo is a little tango bar located in central Envigado. Open roughly 15 years, it offers tango singers, musicians and aficionados the opportunity to hear live music in...
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A Vegetarian’s Guide to Medellín  Posted on 11/05/2014
The colorful entrance to Verdeo (photo: David Lee) Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Floor, a Nutrition student at the University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam. Life as a vegetarian might seem hard in...
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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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