December 7, 2019

Beetles as far as the eye can see!

Close to our apartment in Medellin is a new VW dealership. It's so new, in fact, that taxi drivers don't know it's there yet. When we ask them 'sabes la nueva empresa para vender Volkswagen?' they shake their heads no. Recently the dea...

October 12, 2019

 In the cockpit of a Lockheed C-17

Space available (SA) travel is a benefit offered to retired military members, people such as myself, and their spouses. My wife and I can travel worldwide with the U.S. Air Force, for free, with certain caveats & restrictions, and with...

September 7, 2019

 Medellin Metro system map. (North to the left)

Medellin's Metro system is acclaimed as the best public transport system in South America. With 19 miles of train line, 6 miles of cable car line, 3 miles of street based light rail, and 31 'green' buses that cover the ent...

August 9, 2019

 Entrance to Medellin's Botanical Garden

Jardin Botanico

This will be a different kind of post: If you want to see a world of flowers, visit Medellin this week. It's time for the annual Feria de Las Flores, a grand spectacle showing off one of Colombia's principal produc...

August 5, 2019

 'Leonardo': In Italian means 'strong as a lion.' 

Da Vinci Quinientos, an exhibit of Da Vinci's works is currently on display in the gymnasium on the UPB campus in Laureles. If you live anywhere near Medellin, take the time to see this show. It is, as our Spanish...

April 14, 2019

 Holy Week/Palm Sunday procession, Medellin Colombia: 4/14/2019

Holy week, and Easter itself are a major part of the religious calendar in heavily Catholic Colombia. Friends invited us to go downtown Medellin to see the Palm Sunday procession, and to visit that section...

April 2, 2019

MORNING ON ISLA SAN ANDRÉS

We'd been wanting to see the islands of San Andrés & Providencia since we moved to Colombia. Recently we booked a flight, took a few days, and zipped off to see what all the excitement was about. The islands have an interesting history: They'r...

February 21, 2019

 A symbol of anguish in the heart of Medellin

Photo painted on The Monaco, east face

Tomorrow, February 22nd 2019, marks a major milestone in this city. At 11 AM a symbol of violence, division, evil, greed, avarice, & overarching ambition will be blown up. A building tha...

January 12, 2019

Street Art, El Poblado 

One of the first things we noticed about Medellin is how friendly and helpful the people seemed to be. More than once we gawp-eyed gringos would be wandering loose, in utter confusion about either directions, prices, distances, meanings, signage,...

January 3, 2019

 Rainshowers soak the surrounding Andes: 9 PM, 12/31/2018, Finca La Aguada

We spent New Years Eve 2018 at a friend's finca, called La Aguada, meaning (basically) watering hole.

 Finca La Aguada is 50 km (31 miles) south of Medellin, by the red star

Finca La Aguada h...

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