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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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Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe: A Cultural Hub  Posted on 07/29/2014
Entrance to Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe African Poetry. Not my normal type of activity for a Wednesday night. However a jaunt to Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe and the National Poetry Festival was both a very entertaining and eventful...
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Robledo: Medellín’s Third Largest Comuna  Posted on 07/29/2014
View from Cerro El Valador in Robledo, looking Southeast Robledo is a comuna not well-known by name by many foreigners but if you happen to have been to Cerro El Volador, the large hill/natural park located north of Laureles/Estadio,...
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The Best CrossFit Gyms in Medellín  Posted on 07/28/2014
You will fail 100% of the things you don’t attempt CrossFit, the sport that has taken the world by storm, has made quite the impact on Medellín. The first box (name given to CrossFit gyms) in Medellín was MDE Origen...
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Paisa Perspective: Carmen Angel  Posted on 07/28/2014
Carmen Angel is an American-born chef with paisa roots (her father). Along with her husband Rob, she is the co-owner of Carmen Restaurante Medellín, Humo BBQ & Bar and Carmen Restaurante Cartagena. Here, she...
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Restaurante Tabun: Fine Arabian Food in Poblado  Posted on 07/27/2014
Tabun One of the few things I miss about living in the UK is the diversity of the food. As great as Medellín is, when you are heading home on a Friday night you are unlikely to be faced with the option of Indian, Chinese, Thai...
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108 Yoga: A Dynamic and Invigorating Workout  Posted on 07/26/2014
Entrance to 108 Yoga Hippies, chanting, and weird clothes. Just some of the things some people think of when yoga comes to mind. Most of who have probably never tried it. Not me. I love a good bit of yoga. I first tried it in Argentina and...
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WSJ: Is Colombia the Next Global Tech Hotspot?  Posted on 07/26/2014
Source: Wall Street Journal _____________ Did you enjoy this post? Support Medellin Living by making a small donation, and get access to special benefits like priority email responses to your questions and a free copy of the Medellin...
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LGBT Medellín: The Most Colorful Side of the City  Posted on 07/25/2014
LGBT parade Medellín is a friendly and happy city in Colombia, very modern and very diverse in its citizens. A city very accepting of the existing LGBT culture, but this wasn’t always true. Medellin has very strong religious...
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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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