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Carrera 33#7-135, Medellin, 0000, Colombia
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I wanted to go paragliding for a long time. Medellín is an excellent place due to beautiful green landscape and prevailing northerly winds so I decided to do my first tandem flight here. I booked it in hostal Tamarindo and Natalie explained me how to get there. In the morning I took the metro to Caribe station and walked over to Terminal Norte. There are frequent buses to San Felix and the company is Expre-Belmira. I bought a ticket for a 9:15am bus which was just about to live. It was 2.800 COP (December 2009). Over the next 45 minutes the bus slowly winded its way out of the valley. I asked the driver to drop me off at Estadero Voladero. There is a restaurant and two paragliding offices.
It was easy to find Aeroclub. There were already four other girls, three of them for tandem flight and one for a practical class, and my instructor António. It did not take long until other instructors also arrived. They told us to walk up the hill. There was a wide open green space which served as the take off. The day was nice, though a little hazy. One girl was the first to fly and then it was my turn. I received instructions from António to run and and there we went! Down below beautiful green landscape unfolded, there was Bello, northern suburb of Medellín, and further to the south Medellín. We landed in Bello from where I took a bus back to Medellín.
The flight was 80.000 COP (December 2009). It lasted a little more than 15 minutes (it was supposed at least 20 minutes) and I wasn't very lucky with the instructor. But still, it was an unforgettable experience! The flight gives incredible sensation of freedom and would do it again if the opportunity occurs.
MUSEO DE ANTIOQUIA
In such an artistic city, you can expect a wonderful museum dedicated to art.
Indeed, Museum of Antioquia (region of Medellin) located at Plazoleta de las Esculturas is such an exemplary museum. I thoroughly love it here.
Naturally, the artworks of Fernando Botero are featured heavily here in one huge hall. One funny one I remember was that of Pablo Escobar, the famed drug-lord from Medellin, standing on the roof of a house and having a huge load of bullets flying towards him.
To know and interact with local people in Medellín there is no better place than Parque Periodista, a small square right in the centre of the city. One day Eduardo brought me here. We had a beer and I also found it a great place for people watching. With bars, restaurants and nightclubs located around the square, this is the most happening spot in the city, a place where the bohemian and alternative people meet. It's an ever changing cultural mixture of punks, hippies, rappers, dealers, pot smokers, gays and the occasional transvestite, joined by university professors, students, poets and musicians.
The bars on the square are mostly rock and underground oriented. They play different music, from salsa, electronic, reggae and alternative rock. But most of the people are on the street instead of inside the bars. Guys on the square play guitars and rappers do their freestyles. Parque Periodista is a place where underground culture of Medellín gathers at night to smoke their marihuana or have a beer. It has become a kind of free zone where the police somehow tolerate it.
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Medellin is a city and municipality in Colombia, capital of Antioquia department, located in the northwest part of the country at the center of the Valle de Aburrá located in the Cordillera Central and bisected by the Medellin River.
It is the second most populated city in Colombia and is highlighted as a major cultural center Colombia, home of major festivals of national and international recognition.
This beautiful city, crossed by a violent time of war because of drugs is currently in recovery is characterized by people who live there more known as "country", are people with a strong spirit, hardworking, enterprising and mostly full of kindness and joy.
Medellin at the national level is a clean city and its inhabitants are proud to have as a symbol of evolution and culture that is the main center of fashion in the country with museums, libraries, green areas, among others. Life in Medellin is generally quiet, the night life starts from Thursday, the day begins weekend.
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