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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.
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Shopping at Oviedo, El Poblado’s Oldest Mall  Posted on 09/29/2014
Centro Comerical Oviedo Centro Comercial Oviedo is the oldest mall located in the upscale community of El Poblado in Medellín. Oviedo is located on Avenida El Poblado, on the Milla de Oro (the Golden Mile), which is the business...
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Villa Hermosa: A Suburban Shift Within Medellín  Posted on 09/28/2014
It’s easy to get to Villa Hermosa. Just take the red bus with the name of the comuna from downtown. Glancing at the map, you see a hillside section of the city, a comuna that most foreigners do not know. Why would they? Most...
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La 33: A Nightlife District West of the River  Posted on 09/27/2014
Vértigo Wings Pub (photo: David Lee) If you fancy a change from Parque Lleras, get yourself down to La 33 (Calle 33). Not only does it have endless blocks of nightlife, but not being as known as Poblado means that you...
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An Introduction to Vallenato  Posted on 09/25/2014
Traditional vallenato instruments (photo: portalvallenato.net) Although Colombia is a melting pot of musical genres of different origins, there is one popular genre that originated within the country. Influenced...
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Shopping at Monterrey, Medellín’s Technology Mall  Posted on 09/23/2014
Monterrey mall Centro Comercial Monterrey is a rather unique mall in Medellín with its main focus on technology products (computers, tablets, cell phones, game consoles, cameras, network gear, printers, etc.). The mall has over 120...
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Manrique: Grand Tango Homage, Gradual Progress  Posted on 09/22/2014
A Carlos Gardel mural in Manrique The first mention of Manrique that I ever heard was about how dangerous it is. I suppose it can be. But there are some interesting things about Comuna 3 as well, things people might want to see such as a...
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Un Paso Hacia La Paz  Posted on 09/19/2014
“Sixty Colombian artists from around the country on Tuesday launched the song “Un paso hacia la paz” (A step towards peace) in an attempt to promote peace and end the country’s 50-year-long armed...
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Using Mail Boxes Etc. to Receive Mail and Packages  Posted on 09/17/2014
Mail Boxes Etc. in Medellín Mail Boxes Etc. has an e-box service that permits you to receive mail and packages in Medellín from the United States inexpensively and reliably. I have been using the service for over two years...
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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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