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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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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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Mansion Club: A Small Club with Big House Tunes  Posted on 09/16/2014
Inside Mansion If you’re serious about clubbing, than Mansion Club is for you. This isn’t the type of venue to stand and look pretty. As I was about to find out, it’s a club for those who want to move and throw around...
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Shopping at San Diego, Medellín’s Oldest Mall  Posted on 09/15/2014
Centro Comerical San Diego Centro Comercial San Diego is reportedly the first Western-style shopping mall that was built in all of Colombia. The mall opened in November 1972 with 54 shops initially, which has grown over time with three...
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Underground Techno and House in Medellín  Posted on 09/11/2014
Cell Injection Editor’s Note: This is the first post in a new series by Nick Bowman, a DJ and Radio Host from England. You could be forgiven for thinking that nightlife in Medellín consists of bar hopping in Parque Lleras...
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Tarambana: Authentic Spanish Food and Tapas  Posted on 09/04/2014
With chorizo imported from Spain, the tapas at Tarambana are as good as it gets Centro Comercial Rio Sur rarely pops into my head when I think about places to eat or drink. It’s just too far from my house. Maybe I should think about...
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Cameo Teatro Club: House Music Has a Home  Posted on 09/01/2014
Outside Cameo Theatro It was called ‘House Delicious’ and it certainly lived up to its name. Offering mouth-watering delights, Cameo Teatro Club in Medellín promised an evening full of electronic beats and music...
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Shopping at Santafé, Medellín’s Largest Mall  Posted on 08/31/2014
Santafé mall Centro Comercial Santafé is the largest shopping mall in Medellín with over 2.1 million square feet of space. The mall opened in May 2010. Santafé is located in El Poblado along Avenida Poblado...
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Gotas de Lluvia – Grupo Niche  Posted on 08/30/2014
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Best Sandwiches in Medellín  Posted on 08/29/2014
The Flip Flop Sandwich Shop New York offers pretty much everything you could want, including one of my favorite things: the best sandwiches. I once lived just outside the city, and then used to go back and visit every year, once or twice a...
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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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