In Medellin we walk! No cars, no taxi just walk and the metro to get us in and out of our longer walks. We set our step goal at 12,000 steps per day which is about 5 miles. What a great work out at any altitude. Especially this one. Medellin sits at 1,495 meters which is just under 5,000 feet. We just stride on by the honking, noise of the motorcycles, trucks and taxis. Oh, and by the way. Do NOT expect them to stop for you while crossing in a crosswalk. Caroline jokes that she hears them step on the gas as we cross the streets.
We arrived to live in Medellin in mid July for 5 weeks. Our first seven months in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico were fantastic but we set out on this journey to live in three or four places a year. We are living here in Medellin and learning here. We meet people, talk to people and learn the culture as best we can. The city is clean and fresh especially after a hard rain. We are feeling at home and relaxed.
We are in school in Medellin at Total Spanish and we are learning new verbs and phrases different from Mexican Spanish. Both work together well and we continue to learn. Our teachers are kind and patient.
The barrios are incredible! Including Comuna 13 which was once considered the most dangerous neighborhood in Latin America. We learned that Hip Hop Art continues to be credited with bringing the barrio back from the brink of crime and drugs. We met the artists and saw the amazing spray paint art that changed a neighborhood.
July is when the Fieria de las Flores takes place. A festival of flowers that fills Medellin with flowers, people of course, music and food. The Orchid competition and display at the botanical gardens is world class.
Parque Arvie is an ecological and archeological park in Medellin that sits high above the valley. Recently a gondola like tram was built to bring people in to the city from the hillsides and to deliver people to the beautiful park above the city. Check out the video of our trip down. Just like a ski lift at your favorite ski hill. Mine is Snowbird!