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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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Ryan’s Guide to Grocery Shopping  Posted on 10/31/2014
The Plaza Minorista is almost like a landmark in Prado Centro. The easy thing to do is to go to your nearest big grocery store and buy everything there. It’s just not the best way to go grocery shopping in Medellín....
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Ganso & Castor: Inspired by the Streets of Paris  Posted on 10/30/2014
Ganso & Castor is a Parisian-inspired café and bistro located in the Provenza neighborhood of Poblado, a few blocks from Parque Lleras. I’d walked past it numerous times, wishing such an attractive café...
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An Introduction to Cumbia  Posted on 10/30/2014
Gaita flutes used in cumbia (photo: pipesland.com) Cumbia is the heartbeat of Latin America, and one of the region’s most popular music genres. Like most of the music in Colombia, cumbia originated from the Caribbean coast and...
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Buying a Computer or Tablet in Colombia  Posted on 10/29/2014
IMacs for sale at Falabella I have experience buying a couple of computers and a tablet in Colombia and I have found it is possible to buy either one for similar prices to what can be found in the United States. Early this year, I was...
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Men in Shorts, Medellín’s New Fashion Trend  Posted on 10/28/2014
It’s not unusual today to see a Colombian dressed like this guy, walking south on La 70 Medellín, despite its growing popularity, embraces change the way Kim Jong Un champions democracy. Ok, so it’s not that bad, but...
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Puerta del Norte: The Largest Mall in Bello  Posted on 10/24/2014
Puerta del Norte, the largest mall in Bello Puerta del Norte is one of only two Western-style malls in Bello. This is somewhat surprising considering that the Bello municipality has a population over 420,000. Puerta del Norte originally...
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An Introduction to Porro  Posted on 10/22/2014
Traditional bombo drum (photo: drumscult.com) Come to Colombia and you can hear a variety of different beats, some traditional and some influenced from other cultures. Traditional Colombian music can be divided by four different zones: the...
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Best Ribs in Medellín  Posted on 10/21/2014
The 600 grams at Humo might be better for a big eater (photo: David Lee) One of the biggest things I miss about living in America has to be good BBQ, and I got used to eating it whenever I wanted. It’s the little things that are...
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Apartment Rental Costs in Medellín  Posted on 10/20/2014
Apartment buildings in Lomo de Los Bernal, a barrio in Belén Since I have been living in Medellín for over three years and I have lived in five different barrios in the city, I have been asked frequently about the apartment...
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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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