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Medellín: Fancy coffee and a cable car in the dark

My last week in Medellín already, it went by so fast! I can’t believe it is already over. This week was a very fun week though, because one of my friends from Ecuador, R, came to Medellín as well! I had not seen her in two weeks, so it was time for us to have a chat and catch up.

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Monday: hours of rain and fancy coffee

On Monday, I had my Spanish classes in the morning again. After that, I got my lunch to-go and went home, because I had to work that afternoon. Just as I arrived home though, I got a message that my meeting was cancelled. This gave me some time to actually enjoy my lunch before working.

Cafe Noir in Medellín, El Poblado

It was raining the whole afternoon, but luckily, in the evening, it stopped. I met up with R and we went to the party-area of El Poblado. We both didn’t really feel like partying, though, and so we just wanted some coffee.

The first place we went to didn’t have any coffee. After that, we went on a hunt for coffee in the neighbourhood, but it proved to be very difficult! Eventually, we ended up at this fancy-looking place called Noir. They had coffee, but we expected insanely high prices. The place looked like a VIP room. The prices were okay, though! And the coffee was delicious.

Tuesday: a closed pool

On Tuesday, R and I wanted to go swimming. I had a pool in my building, and I wanted to use it at least once. As we started walking to my place after lunch, it started raining again. By the time we got to my apartment building, it was dry, so we went straight to the pool.

But the pool was closed. And the sky looked like it was going to rain any second. We sat outside for a while, but eventually we just went to the hostel R was staying in. That evening, we cooked dinner together. I finally ate some broccoli – something I had been craving for a while!

Wednesday: average workday

On Wednesday, R was doing a day trip to Guatapé – a place I had already visited – and so I had nothing to do that day. I did the Spanish lessons in the morning of course, like every morning. After that, I went to get some lunch by myself.

In the afternoon, I went to the shopping mall to get my favourite iced coffee again, and to work. I took this opportunity to enjoy the iced coffee from Juan Valdez, because it was my last week in Medellín: who knows when I would be tasting it again! (Spoiler: twice more this week).

I just worked in the afternoon, and then I went home to eat dinner with my family.

Living the dream in Medellín

Thursday: Comuna 8 and the cable car at night

Comuna 8 in Medellín

On Thursday, R and I took the cable car to Comuna 8. This is supposedly one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Medellín. We walked around for a bit and enjoyed the cheapest lunch ever: two pieces of bread from the bakery for less than $1.

We walked around in the park, looking for the viewpoint, but it was too far. We made it to the first viewpoint, and then decided to go back. We took another cable car at the other side of the city, to a higher point.

Then, we waited until it got dark. We wanted to take the cable car down into the city again when it was dark, so we could see all the lights. And so we waited for a bit – and at 7, we took the cable car down.

It was amazing! You could see the lights everywhere! In the city below, but also in the streets next to the cable car, and higher up the hill where the cable car was coming from. Basically, we were surrounded by lights. I would definitely recommend doing this if you are in Medellín.

cable car view Medellín at night

Friday: city tour and Italian food

This day was the last day in Medellín for R. She would leave Saturday morning, very early. My last week in Medellín was also coming to an end, and so we wanted to do something special for this day.

First, R and I went to eat lunch. Then we got my favourite iced coffee – she just had to try it because I had been hyping it up all week. In the afternoon, we went on a tour through the city. It went to parts that we hadn’t been to before. The guide had a lot of interesting stories about the city as well.

In the evening, we ate dinner together at an Italian place called Olivia. The food was really good. Then, it was time to say goodbye… but not for very long, because I will meet her again in Cartagena!

Saturday: last day in Medellín

Saturday was my last day of the last week in Medellín. R had already left for her next destination, and so I went to the shopping mall to work again. I got my favourite iced coffee, sat down with my laptop, and I worked.

In the afternoon, I decided to go to the movies. I love going to the cinema, and I thought: why not? The movie I watched was in English, but it had Spanish subtitles. This was also good for my Spanish, because I learned some new phrases.

I went to sleep quite early in the evening, because I wanted to be well rested for Sunday. On Sunday, I would take an Uber to the airport quite early, because I had to catch my flight to my next destination: Cartagena!

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