Hola amigos, es Dave otra vez.
I hope you’ve been enjoying Ryan’s adventures in Antioquia while I’ve been off exploring Ecuador and Peru.
I had another amazing 6 months in Medellin this year. If you’re new to the blog, here are the highlights.
After visiting Japan for the first time, I arrived back at the same Poblado apartment where I’d been living in 2010.
This year, in addition to Wilson, I’d have three additional roommates cycle through the extra room.
I spent my first 2-3 weeks working on the relaunch of my online community, Travel Blog Success.
In early March, my friend Rodrigo invited me to spend a Saturday night at his family’s finca in Copacabana.
I also made a concerted effort to experience the city’s upscale dining scene, including a visit to El Cielo which specializes in molecular gastronomy.
By the start of 2011, Medellin was clearly on the map as a desirable location to live and work (online). As in 2010, I met a ton of other travel bloggers for the first time.
They included Marcello (Wandering Trader), Brendan (Brendan’s Adventures), Gareth (Tourist 2 Townie), Ryan (Ryan Goes Abroad), Jeff (Maverick Traveler), Jack and Jill Travel, and Colin (Expat Chronicles) among a bunch of others.
April was akin to March.
I got back into the swing of taking private salsa lessons again.
In May, I began working with Jessica, a New Yorker who’d moved to Medellin to be with her paisa boyfriend.
I visited the pueblo of Jardin for the first time, and went horseback riding to La Cueva del Esplendor.
I continued to explore new parts of Colombia in June, with a 2-week trip to the Caribbean coast.
It was on my way back to Santa Marta from La Guajira that I came down with a nasty stomach bug or case of food poisoning.
As if being sick wasn’t bad enough, a few days after I got back to Medellin I was robbed at gunpoint while taking a taxi to renew my tourist visa.
The experience, which caught me completely off guard as it happened in broad daylight on a busy street, left me stunned and extremely anxious for the next few weeks.
Thankfully, I wasn’t hurt in the interaction, and aside from the cost and inconvenience of having to visit Bogota to apply for a new passport, I was no worse off for it.
After a hectic June, I laid low in early July, but that didn’t last long.
I took my salsa teacher, Yamile, to the annual Colombia Salsa Festival.
Then, my friend Troy Floyd (FOGG Odyssey) returned to Medellin, and together we crashed Colombiamoda, the country’s annual fashion week.
And that lead us right into the 2011 Feria de las Flores, which I was much better prepared for having experienced it the year before for the first time.
I was so busy at the time, I never did get to write up my experiences at this year’s Feria, however I had a blast and maybe I’ll still get some photos up before the next one rolls around.
In late July, I took a weekend to visit Santa Fe de Antioquia where I began putting together a city guide to Medellin.
This is an eGuide I intend to finish and publish in early 2012.
By the second week of August, after the flower parade had wrapped up, I was on a flight to New York for my cousin’s wedding.
A week later, I was flying to Quito, Ecuador to begin exploring the rest of South America.
Travel Plans for 2012
I’ll be celebrating New Year’s in Lima, and then heading south toward Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.
I fully intend to return to Medellin for a few months in 2012.
Until then, Ryan is going to continue contributing on a regular basis, and I hope to share the perspectives of many more.
Thanks for your continued support!