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Botero Museum

The kids and I had the day free as it was yet another ‘Puente’.  There are three in a row in August, which is great for me!

We decided to go to the Botero museum as it is always open.  Rosevelt was thrilled that it was connected to the Money museum which was also free and has money!  The museums are just up from Plaza Bolivar and are not really noticeable as it is just another white building on the street.

Botero museo

Fernando Botero is the most recognized Colombian artist.  He is from Medellin and is still alive.  He donated the works that one sees in the museum, so that is why the museum is free.  His style is large people and landscapes and can be critical of politics at times. His is a painter and a sculptor.  I LOVE his sculptures.

Inside the museum there is a beautiful patio.  There is an upstairs and a downstairs in the museum.

Botero Patio

The kids and I had a great time – they loved the art and it is great to intorduce them to as they will always recognize a botero! This one is Rosevelt’s favorite!

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The museum also houses works by Picasso, Cezanne and Moore.  It a sculpture by Dali, my favorite artist!  I was excited.

Dali

The museum is not large and is in the middle of Candelaria where there is tons to do – so…. make sure you go!  The whole family will love it.

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Medellin Day 2!

We woke up early again today – again, I was the last one up. Our Airbnb lady was so nice – she messaged us a couple of times yesterday to make sure we were ok – she offered to go out with us and guide us around. She also cleaned up our rooms while we were out and washed and folded our clothes!! She re-made our beds and got us fresh towels!!

We hated to break it to her, but we decided to go out for breakfast and coffee as we wanted something satisfying and not greasy! We were really wanting some good coffee too, NOT instant. It was raining today and we wanted to go to the botanical gardens later – our hostess told us that rain here rarely lasts and to not give up on the idea as it would probably abate later.

el viejo y el pancake

We found a restaurant called “El Viejo y el Pancake” online that had really good reviews- plus, who doesn’t like pancakes! It was delicious and exactly what we wanted. We hung out there for a while drinking coffee. It was owned by an American and her husband and had free refills on coffee! We were talking and visiting and deciding what to do for the day. We decided to go back to Parque Botero as there were some touristy shops in the area that we couldn’t visit last night because there was a power outage. Gaby wanted to get some souvenirs for her family. We took some more photos and then went to a mall so that Ekatarina could get some things. It was a really posh mall. We left with nothing, but I got to see a really cute dog!

puppy!

It had stopped raining by this time, so we decided to go to the Botanical Gardens. We had talked to our hostess and she let us keep our things there until we went to the airport so that we didn’t have to lug them around town. She was super nice!

The gardens were amazing – there were a lot of stray cats around that were super sweet. I found an iguana and got to hold it! We absolutely loved the gift shop! We all got multiple things there. It was a great experience and there were so many families there having picnics and enjoying the gardens, it is free! How amazing is that!!

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It was time to go back to the flat to get our stuff to go to the airport. We found a café on our way back – it was called ciudad café and we had a pizza – the food was not good and the service was very rude – our first bad experience, it was next to this restaurant called El Aula that we had wanted to eat at but was closed.

Uber is illegal here and the taxis are fighting the drivers very actively. I got a text from the driver who was picking me up to ask me where I was and what I was wearing – it was the first time that that had happened to me since being here. He then asked me to meet him by the parking garage – where he paid for parking and walked me to his car. He told me that apparently lately they were really cracking down on uber drivers and impounding their cars and fining them and taking away their driver’s licenses. Wow!

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Medellin!

I slept really well considering the noise outside the room. I think it had been so long since I’d had a goodnight sleep that I was over it! The girls woke me up – they are earlier risers than me anyway – but I really didn’t come to Medellin to sleep – I came to explore and visit another city in Colombia – I want to visit other places every Puente weekend so that I can see as much as possible while I am here – I don’t know how long I’ll be able to stay for, so I really want to take advantage of the time I have.

We were staying at an Airbnb and the lady was really nice – but we were her first guests and she wasn’t sure what to do. She was amazing and very hospitable. She brought us a tray with coffee – but… it was instant coffee! She made us breakfast too – it was an arepa with a fried egg – then coated and deep-fried!! It was too much really – though it was very good, it was greasy – I made myself eat it all so as not to offend her – she was truly v nice.

We took cold showers and then walked to the “Pueblito Paisa”. This is a replica of a typical Antioquian town so that tourists can see what the towns in the area look like. Medellin is large city and very very modern. The highways are amazing – clean and even – it is so different from Bogota. The pueblo was awesome – it was quite a trek up the mountain though, there was a trail with stairs as well as walking up the road. On the way up and down there were groups of young men huddled around joints smoking and hanging out.

We took a cab to the train station. The train is also amazing – it is smooth, clean and quiet. It is like being on the underground in a more modern and clean environment. We took the train to the cable cars and went up above the city – the view was amazing – the day was clear and bright. It was gorgeous! The mayor of the city added the cable cars so that people on the outskirts of the city could have public transport too.

We went to the Parque Botero in front of the Museo de Antioquia. I was the only one of us who liked museums, so we passed on that. The park was awesome and amazing. Botero is from Medellin, so that is why the town has this amazing park. I think I took pictures of every statue there and me in front of many of them.  The park was full of people relaxing and enjoying the day.  The weather was beautiful.  I brought shorts to wear and was enjoying being warm and comfortable.

We then went across the street to have a glass of wine and look out over the park. There was a little café area in front of the museum, but it was closed – weird. The music was really loud, but the evening was cool and peaceful. There was a restaurant on the side called “La Raza” We ate from there – Ekatarina and I shared a trout with coconut rice – delicious, and then we went back to the apartment to get ready to go out to the El Poblado area. Our Airbnb lady had coffee for us to drink while we got ready. She is a peach! El Poblado is a touristy area that has a lot of bars and dance clubs and that people hang out in and dance.  It is the place to be in the evenings.

We took an Uber to a bar called Rock Café Dali – A lot of people had talked about it online, so we thought that it was a good start, they have live music and it is supposed to be ‘cool’. There was a cover to get in, but we mentioned that we were only having a drink and then leaving and it was still early, so he let us in. The live music was definitely not good, but the sound track before it started was. It was a cozy bar with really good service – so we had a drink and left. We wanted to dance, so our first stop to dance was a bar called Missa – it was weird as the music was good and the beer was not expensive, but we were the only people there!! We sat on the balcony and had a couple of beers and ate some amazing cheese puffs. We tried to pelt the people walking by with pieces of paper to no avail!!

We then decided to leave as we were the only ones there. We paid and walked out – and the bouncer asked us why we were leaving and I was like, duh – there is no one here!! He laughed and nodded – it must suck to work at a bar that no one likes!!   There were people in the dance clubs across the street so we decide to go over there.

We went to a club called El Blue. There was loud music and it was packed. We went upstairs as there were fewer people there and there was room to sit and hang out. We had some drinks and I dance to a couple of songs by the table – then a hard rock set started – really hard rock! People loved it and were head-banging – Gaby loved it as she is really into hard rock. The atmosphere was great and it was all good – but we were really tired and now my head was really hurting – so home we went!

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