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Medellin, Colombia (Parque Llearas) “The City of Eternal Spring”

2013-4, 2018-22 (1.5 years)
Check out my YouTube video on Medellin neighborhoods. Felipe is your go-to barber. Right now he works at a barbershop but soon will do at-home chops. +57.322.854.1148
  • They'll honk at the drop of a hat. Delayed 0.75 seconds in your car at a green light? HOOONNNKK
  • Rappi (delivery service for anything) is huge. Use my code for $20: mkb1486699
  • Softly close your taxi door. A lot of the drivers get really upset if you close their car door even with medium-level power.
  • Upon checkout at grocery stores,  the clerk double knots your grocery bags which only serves the purpose of making them harder to carry! Say 'no nudo' for them to not do that.
  • In 2018, my Uber was stopped immediately at the airport by police, I was asked to step out of the vehicle so they could question me “for my security” which wasted 20 minutes. Then, I was forced to take a taxi for 20K more. A really terrible first hour to my arrival in Colombia. Luckily, Uber functions fine in the city.
  • The best looking women in the world live here and in high quantities. They want to look good whether it’s with the gym or the surgeon 😀
  • The best bodies in the world go to Colombian women. Again, the women take the gym seriously here. I rank it #1 as far as how serious women take their physical health. They don't go to the gym once every 2 weeks and call themselves gym go-ers, they go consistently and it shows. This is generally true for Colombian society at large.
  • It’s like you’re in a forest just walking in the streets in parque lleras with so much greenery and tall trees (downside = needs a lot of rain)
  • Robberies are a thing here. Though never happened to me personally, I've heard numerous stories.
  • Big on dentistry! Braces, teeth whitening, the perfect smile, etc. I’ve been given a dentist business card by my Uber driver and met many dentists while being here.
  • It’s illegal to sell alcohol from 6pm the day before an election until the day after the election. Talk about treating your people like babies!
  • Sign up for Catalyst Weekly emails for local activities and information. Also Medellin Living is a good website to bookmark.
  • Sundays are for families and there will be noticeably fewer people out, less traffic, and more closed businesses. Look for the Ciclovia where roads are closed to traffic for pedestrians until about 1pm.
I also visited Cali, Bogota, Pereira, Guatapé, and Cartagena. Spanish Langauge Keywords and Phrases Hello - hola How are you? - Como estas? Thank you - gracias Bye - adios How much? - cuanto cuesta? Bathroom - Baño No - No Yes - Si Good morning - buenos dias Good afternoon/evening - buenas tardes/noches I am learning Spanish - estoy aprendiendo español
Medellin is a giant metropolitan area made up of at least 4 cities and 2.5M inhabitants. The most famous neighborhood is Poblado where most people stay near Parque Lleras. Other good options in this area are Manila or Astorga. Laureles is more walkable and cheaper with less options and is common for expats staying long-term in Medellin.
Known For: Pablo Escobar, Arepas, aguadiente, Ajiaco, Flower Festival, Fernando Botero, Emerald exports (1 of every 2 emeralds are from Colombia), coffee (world’s third largest exporter)
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I choose the items below as they’re generally available everywhere. Thus, easy for comparison. The prices reflect the cheapest option given my standard. In any estination you can find slightly cheaper prices if you wanted to sacrifice convenience (ie going to local market or out-of-town grocery store).
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  • Airbnb Nightly Rate
  • Coworking Day Pass
  • 1-Hour Massage
  • 1-Month Gym
  • Beard Trim
  • 16.9oz Water
  • 2KG Wash+Fold
  • Americano (small)
  • Expresso
  • Salmon
  • Tenderloin
  • Chicken Breast
  • Almonds
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Broccoli
  • Carrot
  • Cucumber
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon
  • Red Wine
COLOMBIAN PESO (COP)
  • 395,494
  • 38,000
  • 100,000
  • 80,000
  • 12,000 – 32,000
  • 2,000
  • 8,000/KG
  • 3,300 – 4,600
  • 55000/KG
  • -/KG
  • 17980/KG
  • -/KG
  • -/KG
  • 5800 – 6700/KG
  • -/KG
  • 8800/KG
  • 2250/KG
  • 2125/KG
  • -/KG
  • 2900/KG
  • 1400 – 2000/KG
  • 13,980
US DOLLARS ($)
  • 83
  • 8
  • 21
  • 17
  • 2.52 – 6.72
  • 0.42
  • 0.76/LB
  • 0.69 – 0.97
  • 0
  • 5.25/LB
  • 0/LB
  • 1.72/LB
  • 0/LB
  • 0/LB
  • 0.55 – 0.64/LB
  • 0/LB
  • 0.84/LB
  • 0.21/LB
  • 0.20/LB
  • 0/LB
  • 0.28/LB
  • 0.13 – 0.19/LB
  • 2.93
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