The Arepa Launch Party at Melodie Lounge

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Friends celebrate the latest issue of The Arepa
Friends celebrate the latest issue of The Arepa
Robin holding issue #2 of The Arepa
Robin holding issue #2 of The Arepa

The Arepa is the new, free English-language guide to culture and nightlife in Medellin.

Robin Finley made the move from California to Colombia a few months ago, and immediately set about creating an entertaining monthly source of local information and event info.

To properly launch the guide, he hosted a party at the Melodie Lounge in Poblado last Wednesday evening.

I haven’t been hanging out in lounges much, mostly due to their high drink prices, but to my surprise, I’d been to this one  a few months earlier.

Friends celebrate the latest issue of The Arepa
Friends celebrate the latest issue of The Arepa

 

It took me a half hour to receive a mojito this time around, but it was also unusually busy for a Wednesday I’m sure.

The lounge has two floors, and like the first time I was there, the lower level was empty.

The upper level, on the other hand, was filled with people, most of them there for The Arepa party.

The Melodie Lounge
The Melodie Lounge

I took the opportunity to introduce myself to Robin, and share my feedback.  He recognized me as the guy who runs this blog.

I offered to contribute something to the July issue, an article idea for the blog I’ve had on my mind for a few months now.

Perhaps all that procrastination served a purpose – the opportunity to reach an audience via print!

The print version of The Arepa is distributed across the city, including all the hostels, and a selection of the big universities, popular hotels, and foreigner-frequented cafes and bars.

The PDF version is available online via The Arepa website.

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