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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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Massage Therapy by Leidy Madonna  Posted on 05/26/2015
A little over a year ago, I wrote about the amazing therapeutic work of Florence, a Californian who quickly established a positive reputation among expats and Colombians as a sports/massage therapist who isn’t afraid...
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Triada Restaurant Celebrates 10 Years in Parque Lleras  Posted on 05/21/2015
When it comes to restaurants in Parque Lleras, only the strong survive, which makes it all the more noteworthy to highlight Triada is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Occupying the ground floor of a building which also...
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Caribbean Beaches: Capurgana, Sapzurro and Aguacate  Posted on 05/20/2015
In the final part of this two-part series, I describe the different destinations of Aguacate, Sapzurro, and Capurgana, and the great family run Bahia Lodge. Read Part One here. We were soon sipping cold beers next to a beautiful beach...
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Overland Journey to the Beaches of Choco  Posted on 05/19/2015
In the first of a two-part series, I describe the journey from Medellín to Capurgana, a Caribbean beach destination in the Choco region near the Colombia-Panama border. One of the advantages of living and working Colombia is the...
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Iglesia San Antonio and Parque San Antonio  Posted on 05/18/2015
Iglesia San Antonio is another of the notable and historic Roman Catholic churches located in Medellín and is worth seeing. The Renaissance style church is dedicated to San Antonio de Padua. Iglesia San Antonio is best known for its...
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E2E Foundation: An NGO Creating an Impact  Posted on 05/04/2015
In this latest article on NGOs, I speak with Teryn Wolfe, the Executive Director of The E2E Foundation. We learn about the work her new foundation is doing in connecting business with development projects around Colombia, and how we can...
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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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