We are so excited to be here in Colombia. It has been on our wish list for years and when the timing worked out that we were able to get a house sit just outside of Medellín immediately after our time in Panama, we jumped at it.

Which way did he go?
Looking after these two girls gave us a relaxed and enjoyable introduction to Colombia.
Parque Lineal
Daily walks around El Retiro and being able to stroll to the store for groceries was wonderful. As well, we quite enjoyed the cooler temperatures at an elevation of 2200 metres.
Mi Dulce Compañía
Part of the fun was just poking around. The home owners had told us about this fantastic pastry/coffee shop. However you wouldn’t easily pick it out from the roadway. Incredible find though, so tasty.
Parque Municipal El Retiro
We also wandered up to the town square. Nothing earth shattering to see. However I truly enjoyed the hustle and bustle of pedestrian and vehicle traffic along with the vendors all around the square.

After relaxing and enjoying the company of our furry friends we headed into Medellín for a couple of days. I have to be honest, it didn’t immediately come across as the most scenic or relaxed city. I think that was mainly due to the type of construction and overwhelming use of raw concrete as a building material. However, by the second day it was growing on me and we were rather disappointed that we only had the limited time we did there.

The Charlee Rooftop Bar
An activity we quite enjoy in new cities is finding a rooftop bar and savouring a lovely cocktail while enjoying the view and preferably a sunset. We found the bar, however the sunset was disappointing. The bar was quite nice once the sun went down. Oh, and the cocktail was delicious.
View of Medellín
We did go for a bit of a trek up to one of the better shopping malls in Medellín which was worth it. The views were great.

As I mentioned earlier we certainly did not schedule enough time in Medellín. The bar and restaurant scene in the neighbourhood of El Poblado is wonderful. The climate is perfect for sitting outside on the edge of the residential roadway along the sidewalk and enjoying a beverage of your choice while watching the characters of the area go by. We had fantastic meals and experienced no problems. We did get offered some weed and coke from some young businessmen, however we have experienced the same thing in nearly every large city we have been in after dark.

I, for one, look forward to returning in the relatively near future.

Welcome to our travel blog. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to say, "I'm out of here?" Well we did, and in 2013 we made it a reality. We sold or gave away all of our possessions other than what fit in our luggage and we set off on an endless adventure. Part of our goal is to share our experiences with others and hopefully provide some information, motivation, or just a moments escape. The general idea was to look for a place that would be ideal to settle down in. However in the meantime it is about experiencing life in different countries amongst different cultures and learning how to understand and appreciate each other. A large part of our time is spent housesitting which provides an excellent opportunity to experience more of the "normal" neighbourhoods as opposed to the tourist locales. Though we make sure to enjoy those as well. So through plenty of photographs and a running commentary come and share with us our life on the road.

3 comments on “Hello Colombia

  1. peter, great post. we are considering Medellin in March, 2020. Did you use Trusted House Sitters or another portal to find the sit? All the best to you both. And, Happy Birthday. John & Bev

    • Thank you. Yes we got the sit through Trusted House Sitters. In fact we saw a couple of more for the same area come up this week.

  2. That rooftop bar looked amazing! Love Colombia and miss it so much. Keep traveling !

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