I finally made the move from hostel to private residence after much debate and delay.
If I am going to be living in Medellin, I need to act like it instead of hiding out within the safe and comfortable confines of the hostel.
Ultimately, I was getting tired of sharing a room with up to 5 other people, who could be sleeping at any given hour of the day, requiring me to avoid using the lights or making noise if I need to get something from my backpack.
Also, the lack of privacy was going to be an issue, especially as I continue to build relationships.
And the kitchen was in no way inspiring me to cook for myself, which is the healthier and more affordable alternative to eating out every meal. I won´t miss the construction noise either.
I am paying $40 per month for the above-pictured room which seems reasonable to me given the nice apartment in which it can be found.
I found it via my friend Martin who lives there too. Maira, the Colombian university student who rents her two extra rooms, is a sweetheart too.
She speaks English well, and is OK with me paying week to week right now.
The apartment is Envigado, which is in the southern part of the city, however I can take a bus up Las Vegas Avenue for 50 cents to the Poblado metro if I do not want to walk to the closer Ayura station.
It is near both an Exito and Carrefour, the Walmart-type chain stores here in Colombia.
Forcing myself to leave the preppy, well-to-do confines of El Poblado is also a good way for me to experience other parts of the city, although Martin says our apartment is in a well-to-do neighborhood too!