It's been 3 1/2 months since I returned to Medellin, so being a little past the halfway mark, I wanted to get everyone up to speed on what I've been up to.
For the new readers, I've been spending 6 months per year in Medellin, Colombia since 2009. Within my first week in the city, I'd already started a new blog, Medellin Living, to share my adventures as an expat.
This year I've had the chance to meet quite a few other travel bloggers either passing through town or living here for a few months. They include Marcello (Wandering Trader), Brendan (Brendan's Adventures), Gareth (Tourist 2 Townie), Ryan (Ryan Goes Abroad), Jeff (Maverick Traveler), and Jack and Jill Travel (and no, that's not their real names). I'm missing at least two couples….if you're reading, it was great to meet you too!
Here, in no particular order, are my favorite posts and adventures from the last 3 months in Colombia:
Poblado Apartment — description and photos of the apartment I've been living in since Septmeber 2010.
Medellin Women — a guest post by Marcello of WanderingTrader.com.
Dulce Jesus Mio — translated as “my sweet Jesus” this is one of my favorite clubs in Medellin!
El Cielo – my first experience at a restaurant known for molecular gastronomy. Lots of photos of the food in this post.
Mondongo — the traditional tripe soup of Antioquia.
Me Late Chocolate Cafe — a new Western style chocolate cafe. Yum!
Salsa in Colombia — video of Benny the Irish Polyglot's experience learning salsa dancing in Medellin and Cali.
Love Motels – when Colombians want to get intimate, they head for the city's love motels.
Medellin Drinking Guide – the most popular liquors, beers, and drinks in Medellin.
For everyone whose asked for a video of me salsa dancing, check out the clip below where I'm dancing with Jessica, who joined Medellin Living as a contributor this year.
The next 3 months are going to be fun too. I'm exploring the pueblos of Jardin and Santa Fe de Antioquia, as well as a popular section of the Caribbean coast, including Santa Marta, Taganga, and Parque Nacional Tayrona.
And back in Medellin, July and August promise to be busy with the annual Colombia Salsa Congress, Colombiamoda (fashion week), La Feria de las Flores (Flower Festival) and FIFA Under-20 World Cup soccer tournament.