Time flies when you’re having fun… and that statement has definitely been confirmed by this week. Wow. Already my second week being in Medellín! I will tell you all about this quiet, nice week that I spent being in Medellín.
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Monday: dinner with friends
This Monday, I woke up with pain in my muscles from the day before. Apparently, climbing El Peñón de Guatapé is a workout in itself. At least for me.
I started the day with Spanish lessons. After that I went home, made myself some lunch, and I worked for a little bit. Because of the traveling, exploring and trips from last week, I had been working a little less than I had wanted.
The evening, however, was a moment I had been looking forward to for a while. Some of the friends I made in Ecuador (A and F, and also C), were now in Medellín! We all met again in the evening to get some dinner together. They caught a night bus to Medellín the night before, so we didn’t stay out until very late.
Tuesday: nightlife in Medellín
On Tuesday night, the girls decided that they wanted to go out, so naturally, I had to go out too. We went to this club that had a “Gringo night” – nights that are meant especially for tourists and travellers in Medellín.
Being in Medellín for three weeks in total, I had to experience this at least once. I was glad that I went, because we had a lot of fun. We danced to music – both Spanish and English -, we drank some drinks and we talked with strangers.
The club was way too crowded for me though, and I was also a little tired. And, also important, I had classes the next morning. That’s why I went to bed at a decent hour.
Wednesday: a day to relax
Even though I didn’t drink too much the last night, and I went to bed relatively early, I still felt a little tired when I woke up. I wasn’t necessarily hungover, but I did feel that I didn’t get my 8 hours of sleep that night.
After class, I went straight back home. The rest of the day, I worked a little bit and I also watched a Dutch television program, which I had been missing out on for a while. All in all it was a perfect day to rest and relax.
Thursday: cooking class in the school
On Thursday, the school organized a cooking class for the students. If you ever find yourself being in Medellín, you have to try at least one type of food: Pasteles de Pollo. These are fried packets of dough, with vegetables, potatoes, and chicken inside. It tasted delicious!
This is what we made in the cooking class. Very easy and very tasty. After that, I went to the shopping mall and bought myself my favourite iced coffee (Nevado con Arequipe), and I worked for a while. Then I went home to eat dinner with my family, and relax for the rest of the night.
Friday: time to explore while being in Medellín
Today, I decided that it was time to go out an explore the city a little bit more. I had only been in El Poblado, the neighbourhood I am living and studying in. This time, I took the metro to the city centre, to San Antonio.
From there, I walked to Casa de la Memoria, or the House of Memories. This is a museum in Medellín about previous wars and violence. I had learned about this during my studies in Amsterdam, and I wanted to know more. Being in Medellín now, this was the perfect opportunity for me to do just that.
After that, I wandered around the city for a while. I also visited the Botero Square – right in the centre of Medellín, with sculptures from a famous artist. It was a very nice place to be. Here, I also saw the Museum of Antioquia. I didn’t go there, but I might go next week!
It’s also possible to explore this part of Medellín with a walking tour. That is even more interesting, since the guide will tell you all about the history of the place!
Saturday: being in Medellín another weekend
On Saturday, I did absolutely nothing.
Okay, I did some things. I worked for a little bit, watched a movie, caught up on Dutch news by watching talk shows… and I took a walk in the neighbourhood. The nice thing about staying in one place for a longer time, is that you can also have days like this!
Almost every time that I have walked through the neighbourhood at the end of the afternoon, I have seen beautiful sunsets. However, most of the time, they are hidden behind the mountains that surround Medellín. The pictures I take rarely capture the colours I can see. This time, I think I did a good job of capturing the sunset that was happening behind the mountains in the distance…
Sunday: iced coffee and a trip to the airport
I have been looking forward to Sunday all week (okay, the past two weeks). Because: R was flying in from Montañita today! She will be staying in Medellín for one week. Enough time to catch up on all our stories and adventures.
While writing this, I was sitting in the Oviedo mall, at Juan Sandez. I had my favourite iced coffee (Nevado con Arequipe), and I had been working for the last couple of hours. After a while, I got an Uber and I went to the airport.
This was a whole adventure in itself. The traffic was terrible, and I was delayed for almost an hour! However, R did not have a Colombian simcard yet, and there is also no wifi at the airport. She knew I was coming to pick her up, but I couldn’t let her know that I was delayed! I was afraid she would think that I forgot about her.
Once I finally arrived at the airport, I ran across the hall, frantically looking for her. Luckily, she was still there and she saw me running around. We were reunited!
That afternoon, we went to her hostel to drop off her stuff, and then we went to get some food and talk about everything that happened in the meantime. It’s going to be a really great week next week!