After exploring Bogota, it was time to get back on the road and ride to Medellin, Colombia. Once there I would spend a month in an Airbnb I rented. The reason for spending a month there was to wait out the rainy season, get caught up on my blog posts, study Spanish, and do some housekeeping.
As a retired police officer, Medellin was infamous for its drug trade. However, I understand things have changed. Can’t wait to explore the city I’ve heard so much about over the years.
Ride to Medellin
As I was planning my ride to Medellin I couldn’t seem to figure out how long it would take. Each map I looked on gave different riding times. Because of that I left early.
The first part of the ride seemed to take forever as I negotiated the Bogota traffic. Tortuous! Once out on the open road though it was a nice leisurely ride through the hills to Medellin.
I arrived at my Airbnb at 2 pm after leaving at 7 am in the morning. At first I couldn’t figure out which was the apartment complex and no one seemed to be coming out. I spoke to a manager of one of them to see if he could help. Even though I didn’t understand a word he said, eventually he hooked me up with the mother of the person I was renting from. The Spanish here is Colombia is quite different than what I have been used to in Central America.
After a quick explanation of the rules I got settled in.
My first order of business was to find out where I was, what was around me, and to find a laundromat. There is a washer in my Airbnb, but I figured if a laundromat was close by, why fiddle around with laundry.
Well, I walked everywhere and asked everyone and there just wasn’t any laundromat anywhere near me. Very strange. In Mexico and Central America they are everywhere! I guess I will do my own laundry.
The good thing about trying to find a laundromat was that I got to know what was around me.
For my first full day I planned on going to a local coffee shop to get caught up on my blog posts. I got there at 9 am but it didn’t open until 10 am. Well, this wasn’t going to work. I sat there for a bit and said to myself, “screw it,” and headed off to the nearest Starbucks that was about a 35 to 40 minute walk from my Airbnb.
From that day on for the next week and a half, I had my routine.
The Day in the Life of Brian in Medellin
I would leave my Airbnb at about 9 am each morning. The Airbnb I have it really nice – 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 7th floor.
The garden outside was decorated for Halloween.
Walk down my street to the main road.
Cross the busy intersection.
You can see Carulla on the left of the picture. That is where I get my groceries.
Then walk along a beautiful tree lined street up and down over a small hill.
As I head down to an overpass I reach Santuario De La Virgen de La Rosa Mistica. At first I didn’t know what it was, only that people were there all the time.
At the entrance is a small store to buy candles mostly.
Walking inside you see tile plaques everywhere thanks Rosa for answering their prayers.
And then stairs up to Rosa Mistica.
From what I can gather, this shrine has a bit of a sinister past. It was once owned by Pablo Escobar for his henchmen to go and pray for protection and bless their weapons. Apparently half the plaques there are from criminals thanking Rosa. It is also known as the virgin of the assassins.
From there I walk down and up to the Santa Fe mall.
One really cool thing about the mall is that it has a parking entrance just for motorcycles and bicyclists.
Inside the mall if a very cool play area. Hey Mia and Ben (my grandkids) I wish you were here so we could go play in it!!
As I walk past the mall I can see in the distance a car park that works with elevators!
Ahead is a sign that seems to be welcoming me ha ha
Past the flower vendor I reach my destination. It has it all 🙂 Starbucks, a BMW motorcycle dealership, Hard Rock Cafe, Krispy Kreme and a fitness centre.
The Starbucks here is always filled with people working.
Up to the Barista to order, in Spanish ha ha, my usual.
And then to my spot, ala Sheldon, to work on blog posts and read for the next few hours.
Once in awhile there there is some impromptu entertainment like this photo shoot outside.
Often by the afternoon it starts to rain. I wait for it to subside a bit before walking back home.
In the evenings I hunt for dinner 🙂 and either watch the World Series, NFL football, or just Big Bang Theory, which I downloaded the first 10 seasons to watch.
And that is it for the first week and a half here in Medellin.