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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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Edificio Coltejer: Medellin’s Iconic Skyscraper  Posted on 08/28/2014
The iconic Coltejer Tower can be seen from all over Centro (photo: David Lee) Looking at the wider skyline of Medellín, there are few truly distinctive buildings on the horizon. The one major exception to that would be the Coltejer...
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Negra Noche: An Evening of Multicultural Music  Posted on 08/26/2014
An evening of international artists What I love about Medellín is its culture and what better time of year to showcase its diversity of music than with the Feria de las Flores. This annual event isn’t just about celebrating...
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Brie Bon Leads French Revolution in Medellín  Posted on 08/25/2014
The beautiful setting and trendy location make Brie Bon a great place to dine It had to arrive eventually. French food, some of the best in the world, was no doubt going to someday permeate Medellín, a city becoming more...
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MAKAIA: Strengthening the Social Sector in Colombia  Posted on 08/24/2014
Children learning in the library In the second edition of our series featuring NGO work in Medellín, we talk to Camila Urbina, the Communications Coordinator at MAKAIA – a charity that is committed to strengthening the social...
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Que Alguien Me Diga – Gilberto Santa Rosa  Posted on 08/23/2014
Gilberto Santa Rosa is a Puerto Rican salsa singer known as “El Caballero de la Salsa” (The Gentleman of Salsa). He’ll be playing a concert in Medellín Saturday, September 13, 2014. _____________ Did you enjoy...
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El Café de Otraparte: A Cultural Café in Envigado  Posted on 08/22/2014
Outdoor area at El Café de Otraparte You might not know it exists, but just off Avenida Poblado in Envigado, a beautiful little café called El Café Otraparte thrives with its relaxed atmosphere and eclectic selection...
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Justo Manuel — A Real Colombian Hero  Posted on 08/21/2014
Justo Manuel picks up his bananas downtown. (photo: Joel Duncan) Paisa Power is a new series we’re launching together with Medellín Buzz to build social awareness. Every month we will do a story and request...
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Women’s Fashion in Medellín  Posted on 08/21/2014
Typical-night-out-in-Parque-Lleras outfits If there is a sport I love more than CrossFit (and yes, CrossFit is a sport) it is people watching. There is nothing more entertaining than sitting in the middle of a mall and watching people walk...
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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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