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Rally For Marijuana Legalization In Medellin

By on May 11, 2011

Rally For Marijuana Legalization In Medellin

A very mellow crowd took to Medellin streets recently in a march supporting legalization of marijuana.  The predominantly young protesters smoked openly and carried banners supporting their cause.  While there was a large police presence, no arrests were reported. Colombia, like many other countries, maintains a paradoxical law regarding marijuana that makes more...

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Melanie in Medellin’s La 70, Again

By on May 6, 2011

Melanie in Medellin’s La 70, Again

Your trusty correspondent returned to Medellin's La 70 neighborhood several nights ago in pursuit of a story and who should he come across but Melanie who appeared several weeks ago on ColombiaBeat.   I told her I was searching for a club in the area that might appeal to foreigners and she, being a native, offered to show me around.  Though I am fairly well acquainted more...

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Paragliding In Medellin For $80

By on May 4, 2011

Paragliding In Medellin For $80

Medellin certainly doesn't lack for things to do.  For the tamer among us, there are parks, museums, four soccer teams, world-class shopping, great food and, of course, the nightlife.  But if these diversions fall to spark your blood or if you prefer a touch of danger, Mr. Bond, Medellin also offers some of the best paragliding you're likely to encounter near any major more...

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Santo Domingo Nightlife

By on May 3, 2011

Santo Domingo Nightlife

The barrio of Santo Domingo has a lot going for it.  Nestled in the hills surrounding Medellin, it commands a fantastic view of the central city.  It is easily accessible from Medellin's metro:  take the train to Acevedo station and then transfer to a cable car to Santo Domingo station.  The vistas from the cable car are spectacular as well.  Unfortunately, Santo more...

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La 70 Part Deux

By on April 29, 2011

La 70 Part Deux

While visiting La 70 the other day, your trusty correspondent stumbled upon a bachelorette party.  None of the girls had a camera or camera phone so I, ever the gentleman, volunteered my photographic services. This is Tatiana, a 22 year old housewife who lives in the Manrique neighborhood of Medellin and is the cousin of the bride-to-be.  (Manrique probably falls in more...

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Medellin’s La 70 Nightlife

By on April 19, 2011

Medellin’s La 70 Nightlife

La 70 is one of Medellin's most popular areas for nightlife, and for good reason.  Wall to wall bars and dance clubs line Carrera 70 (whence the neighborhood gains its name) for several blocks near Circular 2, blasting merengue, vallenato, salsa, and the occasional English language song.  Drinks are relatively inexpensive at about $1.50 a beer, $14 a media for guaro.  more...

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Medellin, Cali Among NYTimes Favorite Destinations

By on April 12, 2011

Medellin, Cali Among NYTimes Favorite Destinations

The readers of the New York Times have spoken and, for the second year in a row they've said, "Colombia!"  In a recent article, the New York Times interactively listed its readers' top picks for travel destinations in 2011 -- Cali was ranked #16 and Medellin #36.  The popularity of Colombia continues to explode and it's likely that the only reason Cartagena did not make more...

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Colombian Health Care Price List

By on April 11, 2011

Colombian Health Care Price List

Colombia seems to have done health care right.  While most of Europe and many countries in Latin America have opted for nationalized health care -- and there are, of course, both advantages and disadvantages to such an approach -- Colombia has chosen to leave health care almost entirely in the hands of the private sector.  And the US might be able to learn a thing or more...

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Prado Centro Nightlife

By on April 11, 2011

Prado Centro Nightlife

Medellin is an incredibly friendly city.  In the US, if you go out for an evening with some friends you will almost invariably spend your evening with your friends and with only them.  You will seldom meet new people.  In contrast, in Medellin you will definitely meet people.  I cannot count the number of times I have been talking with an acquaintance or two and had a more...

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More Than Drug Busts In Bello

By on March 29, 2011

More Than Drug Busts In Bello

We recently reported on the discovery of a hidden cache of 250 kilos of liquid cocaine in the Medellin suburb of Bello.  A friend who lives in the Copacabana neighborhood of Bello took offense and accused us of unfairly maligning his adopted home!  So to appease him and brighten the pages of ColombiaBeat.com, we've added a picture of the belle of Bello, our friend's more...

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