Typical Sounds of a Medellin Neighborhood


As the days come and go, there are a handful of things in Medellin that you can count on every day.  First, of course, is the weather.  I’m pretty sure that Medellin has a permanent forecast of temperatures in the 70’s F with a chance of rain.

A little more interesting, however, are the sounds.  I have come to love the sounds of the typical day in my neighborhood.  There are the cars and buses that drive by, some of which are ridiculously loud.  There’s often a baby crying, and it seems like there is the sound of a child laughing, whining, yelling, or just playing in each moment of the day.

I love listening to my neighbor whistle all day long with his pet bird accompanying him.  You can rely on having vendors wander by, screaming out the names of the different fruits and vegetables they have for sale.  I still can’t believe how load those guys are.  Even the random ringing of the doorbell from vendors selling anything from CDs to cake.

When the nearby school lets out, you can hear the boys whistling at the girls.  The girls giggle in their own groups, and let out the expected, shrill “Nnnnnoooo!” to the boys and to each other.  (Seriously, I don’t think the women here know how to just respond with a normal “No.”  They always turn it into a shriek.)

I admit that a lot of these sounds can get on my nerves as well, but it’s kind of comforting knowing everyday you will be reminded you are never alone in Medellin.

Post by Holly. Currently living in Medellin, Holly is getting to know the Colombian culture through music, language, and base jumping!

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I love relaxing and enjoying the view of life. Whether the view is from the top of a BASE object, or from my balcony in Envigado, Colombia. I love life when it's up, and I'm trying harder to love life when it's down as well. My biggest loves in life are (in order!) Family, BASE, Music, Boys that play music, and Alcohol. I get along with everyone that doesn't take me too seriously, and with people that are ok with the fact that you should disregard almost anything I say when I'm drunk!