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

2013-4, 2018-9 (6 months)
  • Rappi (delivery service for anything) is huge. Use my code for $20: mkb1486699
  • Softly close your car 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!
  • 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 :D
  • Follow Wola Exchange on Instagram for langauge exchanges throughout Medellin
  • 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.
  • It’s like you’re in a forrest just walking in the streets with so much greenery and tall trees (downside = needs a lot of rain)
  • Before arrival, my friend’s computer got stolen at a Starbuck’s. Upon arrival, my Spanish school had been robbed the week prior and one of the Spanish students were robbed in a separate incident.
  • 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 less people out, less traffic, and more closed businesses.

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

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)
  • 321,619
  • 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
  • 10
  • 26
  • 21
  • 3.10 – 8.26
  • 0.52
  • 0.94/LB
  • 0.85 – 1.19
  • 0
  • 6.45/LB
  • 0/LB
  • 2.11/LB
  • 0/LB
  • 0/LB
  • 0.68 – 0.79/LB
  • 0/LB
  • 1.03/LB
  • 0.26/LB
  • 0.25/LB
  • 0/LB
  • 0.34/LB
  • 0.16 – 0.23/LB
  • 3.61
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