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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.
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Gluten-Free Dining at Antonio’s Restaurant  Posted on 07/22/2014
Lunch al fresco style Apparently you don’t have to look far to find a vegan restaurant in Medellín and now there’s a new one in town. Opened this past May, Antonio’s restaurant is a delight for those with a...
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Pablo Tobón Uribe: The Hospital With Soul  Posted on 07/20/2014
Atrium at the Pablo Tobon Uribe Hospital In the wilds of Comuna Robledo, up the hill a bit in the west side of town, rises Hospital Pablo Tobón Uribe. Founded in 1970, this private, non-profit, 371-bed hospital is considered by...
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Doce de Octubre  Posted on 07/19/2014
Doce de Octubre (Comuna 6) is at the northwestern edge of Medellín, bordering Robledo to the south, Castilla to the east, the township of San Cristobal to the west and the city of Bello to the north. It’s a residential...
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De Camino Pa La Cima – J Alvarez  Posted on 07/19/2014
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Watching the 2014 World Cup in Parque Lleras (Photos)  Posted on 07/18/2014
Horns and cheap shirts for sale Watching the 2014 World Cup in Colombia was yet another expat experience I’ll always remember. Laziness led me to watch Colombia’s first two morning (local time) matches against Greece and the...
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Learning to Ride a Motorcycle in Medellín  Posted on 07/17/2014
A selection of the bikes available at AutoSur After spending last year on a road trip through the American West, I became aware of the overland travel community, or those who embark on long, multiple country journeys in their own vehicle....
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Cost of Living in Medellín for a Couple  Posted on 07/16/2014
View from my current apartment, looking east – Los Molinos mall is on the left The relatively low cost of living in Medellín is one of the reasons I started living in the city after I discovered it several years ago. The...
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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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