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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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The Medellín Cricket Club  Posted on 02/27/2015
Cricket. The sport is often described as “a gentleman’s game.” Invented by the British in the 16th century, it is now the world’s second most popular sport (in terms of fans). Its fan base spread with the British...
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Staying at the Hotel Dann Carlton  Posted on 02/26/2015
I have now been living in Medellín for nearly four years but before I started living here, I traveled to the city for shorter periods and stayed at the Hotel Dann Carlton several times. I typically stayed at Hotel Dann Carlton...
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Paisa Perspective: Johanna Logreira – Designer  Posted on 02/25/2015
Johanna Logreira is an industrial designer from Medellín and an avid ambassador of creativity in every way. Forever in love with life, talkative, always smiling and wearing colorful clothes, Johanna is the true definition of joy. As...
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Leah’s Do’s and Don’ts of Carnaval de Barranquilla  Posted on 02/23/2015
Carnaval de Barranquilla, the second largest Carnival in the world after Rio de Janeiro, is a force to be reckoned with. This extravagant, hedonistic celebration in the five days preceding Ash Wednesday is an experience I’d will any...
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How to Use a Notary in Colombia  Posted on 02/20/2015
It is common to use notaries in Colombia for many types of documents that are used for a number of things, including Visas, apartment rentals, and marriages and divorces. Since living in Medellín for nearly four years, I have needed...
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A Taste of the Thriving Food Truck Scene  Posted on 02/19/2015
Chefs and restauranteurs have been working overtime the last few years to fill the many gaps in Medellín’s food scene. In 2014, food truck operators entered the mix and I’ve had the benefit of watching...
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Paisa Perspective: Frank Martínez – Comic  Posted on 02/18/2015
Frank Martínez is a stand-up comedian in Medellín. He has performed in several places in the city and various times in Bogotá, representing his hometown in the well-known television show Los Comediantes de la Noche. He...
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Colombian Street Food Tour by La Mesa Food Tours  Posted on 02/17/2015
I can’t remember ever going on a food tour before. I vaguely remember a winery tour in Argentina (it was good, I think), but that is about it. So, the idea of walking around the streets of Envigado sampling different dishes sounded...
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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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