Sadly, my trip to Medellin is coming to a close soon… I leave for El Salvador this Saturday for two weeks to visit a friend. The time that I spent in Colombia went by so quickly; it felt unreal how much I accomplished in such a short period of time.
I met new friends from all over the world ; Medellin is a hub for international destination; tourists – business – friends – casual – party – family. Whatever it may be.
I began to open up to the community; trusting more people and letting them into my life. I am glad that I got over the fear of opening up to people…. I was able to compile this list of my 35 favorite things about Medellin. Wow.. all in a month, baby.
35 Favorite Things About Medellin
#1. Techno Music
The Techno parties in Medellin were absolutely insane… from the low-key dive bars to the extreme music festival with multiple stages, electronic performers and floors.
I casually met a group of friends at an electronic venue the night before.. my new girlfriend – Laura from this swanky night club provided me a few wristbands to this night club – named top 10 in the world at one point.
Oddly enough, the DJ performed in Detroit the week prior! Crazy crazy.
and then.. the techno after-parties!
#2: Art Life
So many of you know that I am an artist — born into this creative passion with a natural gift. Here is some of my art online. I stumbled into this art gallery, by accident, while I was exploring El Poblado. It was a real trip to communicate with the artists and gallery owners; they don’t speak much English. I immediately fell in love with the art gallery and returned a few times each week to make some beautiful abstractions.
#3: The Apartment
My hostess from AirBnb is the absolute best; she is like a mom for me — Such a homey place to stay with a fantastic view. I sit on the balcony each morning to perform my morning client conferences, soak up the scenery and enjoy that delicious Colombian Coffee xx
I am currently staying in the posche area; El Poblado – real touristy.
#4: The Mountain
Medellin is one of the most beautiful places that I’ve been blessed to visit! Each side of the mountain has its own unique features that make it so breath-taking.. from the north to south.. and east to west; this is a beautiful scene.
#5: CoWorking: Working Remotely
The best thing about having a career in social media marketing & consulting… is the co-working. I can pop open my laptop and start working from any location; I’m absolutely blessed for this type of lifestyle. I own it.
#6: Coffee.. coffee.. coffee
I am obsessed with coffee and Colombia… wooooheewww – has some strong, delicious roasts that will have you running 125 MPH
#7: Metro Cable
Absolutely… this was a bucket list moment. To hang high over the sky in a small box held on by a wire over hanging in the sky. I am so scared of heights; the metro cable doesn’t stop… the box keeps moving.
You have no idea the feels like I am getting from being here #SouthAmerica is taking over my life 😍😘💋 remote working is the best decision that I’ve ever made. Riding into the clouds up the mountain — one metro (above ground subway), two metro cables (carts that hang in air from wire) and a bus that weaved down the dirt roads thru the slums back into the city. Can you sayyyyyyyy damn girl??? I’m spending the mid afternoon with the locals tomorrow to understand their lifestyle and what brings them happiness.. they have less than most low income people that I know but they are such happy people 🙏🏻 #entrepreneur #Medellin #colombia
#8: Raunchy Art
I am 100% including this interesting street art in my blog.. there will be more of this type of content posted this Friday! I am going on a hunt for photos of the epic artwork around Medellin.
#9: The Drinks
EVerything tastes so good here.. maybe it is just my taste buds not being useto the fruits and flavors, but I really love the drinks!
Not everything is going to go as planned. But the final destination is usually worth it.. My Uber driver was 20 minutes late and drove me around for 35 minutes getting lost, going down a one-way, telling me to get out at a random street in Medellin. I saw amazing raves about this coffee/café/cute place to do your work in the evening. And I’m here… enjoying, it was a hard work day. #vino #drink #wine #relax #yougotthis
#10: The Tropical Storm
The storm clouds are absolutely wicked in Colombia… you can have a rainbow and lighting happening at the same time. So beautiful!
Let’s just face it.. the trees are massive; these are the largest hills and valleys that I’ve ever witnessed. The scenery is beyond epic in Medellin.
The food, drinks, atmosphere, location, vibes….. all of it > goes into factor of looking real professional.
#13: Night lights
Medellin looks completely different at night time.. the city lights up like little stars sprinkled across the valley. Soooo beautiful.
In South America, you MUST watch a futbol game; these soccer fans go nuts!
#15: Country Side
The moment you leave the metro / city areas; you are blessed with the comfort of the simple life of farmers and country folk.
#16: Men in Medellin
Tourists, Professionals, Locals, Implants, Transplants, Expats.. all of it. I am surrounded by men.. it;s literally raining men here. Real easy to stick out as an American for extra attention 😉
#17: The Random Things Around Me
There are so many times where I think to myself, “did that shit just happen” lolz!
#18: Colors.. Everything is colorful
I am really surprised on the effort that families and communities will put into make their home look good. This is art heaven; all the beautiful colors.
Another excellent travel story that makes for the unexpected to turn into something good. I met a gal on the metro cable who likes my eyes, ojos in Spanish… she would like to take me to a beautiful city this weekend and my epic rain adventure didn’t turn out to be so bad after all. What is the view from underneath the metro cable which is this transportation That goes up in the sky .. you sit in this square like car and they take you up and down the mountain. #colombia #travel #digitalnomad #remotework #explore #entrepreneur #southamerica
#19: Freedom to be whoever I want
The idea is simple.. the results are ever-lasting. I can be anyone that I want to be.
Playing a role is my favorite part about traveling.. they don’t know if what you are saying is the real deal 😉
#20: Many levels of heights in El Poblado
El Poblado is the posche area of Medellin; a more ritzy area to enjoy food, shopping and restaurants. I really love this skyline of El Poblado; it shows the truest form of the mountain high tops.
Some of you are probably thinking.. is this girl crazy? Hahah no.. I actually really like watching the traffic – it’s fun to see how the local community interacts with each other.
The feels when I see a sexy ass motor bike.. and a good looking driver… ahhhhhhhhh. Take me back to Bali; I had the coolest souped up scooter bike with extra wheels on the sides.
#23: Underground Scene
If you can find the real, grimey techno scene here.. I applaud you. You really gotta know the scene and the music to be involved in the grime.
#24: Good variety of Bars & Restaurants
This has been the most unique spread of food that I’ve enjoyed.. from Colombian to Argentina to Chinese to Thai to.. things that I don’t even know! ahha
#25: Clouds.. I’m obsessed
I am so obsessed with the clouds (or pollution – Idk what the difference is). The clouds look amazing; sky blue – just like my eyes. I absolutely love watching the clouds each morning.
#26: Out Skirts ; Favelas / Comunas
There is some serious hardships happening in the outskirts of the centro area… I mean unreal.
Words cannot describe the things that I witnessed today.. the levels of status, homelessness and such beauty all within itself. It doesn’t take much to power this community.. they take public transportation to odd end jobs to make a comfortable lifestyle for their families while living in the slum areas. I will learn something about happiness from them… I can’t wait to spend the rest of my time with locals and their families; I’m opening my heart here. Yes, my best friend from Bali tells me that I wear my heart on my sleeve.. that’s how I get hurt from helping and loving people. But you know… it makes me feel humane to do it. Yes I am the one at the end of the day that is feeling the pain, but I put it out there to see what I can get back (if anything). ❤️ I miss my friends giving me advice.. I’m a lone soldier out here. Do we really need someone to make us feel alright tho? Idk,.. still trying to figure that out. Until then, I’ll take it day by day… working remotely and losing my mind trying to get adjusted #Medellin #colombia #entrepreneur #travel
#27: Weather is absolute Bliss!
It is perfect weather — everyday.. Warm, sunshine and always tank tops!
#28: The Pace of Things
Life moves very slow over here.. I mean worse than “Bali time”… Colombia time is the worst.. people take their time, they live simple lives, they are not rushed or stressed. It was a huge — eye opener to learn how to stop and smell the roses; I was forced to relax all the time. It’s hard not to when you have this view
#29: Tropical Concrete Jungle
Medellin has it’s beautiful, tropical plants like the palm trees and banana plants.. and some of them are slap in the middle of the city! Really cool to see the mixture of jungle and concrete
#30: The Hustle
The way that Colombians work on a daily basis; should be called the next level of hustle. They work day in and day out.. $1 to $1.. and are very creative on how they make money to provide for their families.
South Americans are so friendly.. even with the language barrier- they try to understand and be helpful. They actually try with body language and use their smart phones. I met this crew outside an art gallery space while I was walking to a techno party! How amazing – my two favorite things (techno and art).
#32: Flow of Traffic
Most drivers are never at a complete halt.. they just go with the flow of traffic!! ahahah It’s real nerve wrecking to watch but also entertaining.
#33: Bus System
I didn’t mind the bus at all.. I thought that I saw more when I was on the bus than anywhere. The bus will zip up and down the mountain.. real nutty drivers.
As I traveled more of Medellin.. popping into Envigado and exploring more of El Poblado.. I really appreciate the architecture:
It is really hard to leave.. I am absolutely loving Medellin; such a beautiful place.
… of course I could make this list last forever; I see the good in everything that I do.. But for time purposed – this is just a round up of 35 favorite things about Medellin. There are so much more! El Penol, Guatape etc