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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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Prana: Healthy Vegetarian Food in Envigado  Posted on 01/28/2015
In Envigado you are a bit spoilt for choice on where to have your Menu del día (lunch time special). With the Calle Buena Mesa full of firm favorites, such as Olivia and Tepito, there appears to be little need to venture far away...
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La Palettería: Best Ice Cream in Medellín?  Posted on 01/27/2015
La Palettería: The best ice cream shop in Medellín? Well okay, so I haven’t tried them all yet, but it’s definitely a contender for the title. I’ve never once heard uttered (or seen written) a negative word...
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What Lies Behind the Use of the Word “Gringo”  Posted on 01/26/2015
Editor’s Note: This is the second story by our newest contributor, Ximena Restrepo. Recently, I’ve been confronted with an intrigue about the many interpretations of the term “gringo.” Growing up in the middle...
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Rolfing Bodywork by Todd Morrill  Posted on 01/23/2015
The term “Rolfing” first entered my vocabulary in my twenties. If you are looking for a deep massage, Rolfing is as deep as it gets. It took less than two years working in a cubicle doing mostly data entry...
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10 Surprisingly Cheap Things in Medellín  Posted on 01/20/2015
Taxis lined up at Premium Plaza mall I get asked about the cost of living in Medellín frequently as I have been living in the city now for nearly four years. The recent change in the exchange rate with the Colombian Peso hitting a...
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Celebrating Christmas with a Paisa Family  Posted on 01/16/2015
A part of the family launching sky lanterns When it comes to December, I doubt there’s another country out there that takes this month as seriously as Colombia does. And it’s not just about Christmas itself. Christmas season in...
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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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