As 2014 comes to a close, I want to take a moment to recap our sixth year at Medellín Living.
We blew our 2013 traffic stats out of the water with 494,000 visits and 1 million page views. These are incredible milestones for a site about a city many still deem too dangerous to visit, let alone live.
To all our readers, thank you for your continued support. Your curiosity, questions and recommendations ensure we have no shortage of topics to cover.
Speaking of writers, it wouldn’t have been possible to reach 1 million views if it were just Ryan Hiraki and I alone.
Back in May, I brought on a half-dozen new contributors who began to cover a wide range of topics, from apartment rentals to local NGOs and Colombia’s performance in the World Cup.
Shout out to Ryan Hiraki, Jeff Paschke, Ioana Calin, Leah Davis, Lisa Eldridge, Ryan Shauers, Nick Milne, Melissa Clark and Andrew Macia for their work this year.
We continued to organize and host reader meet-ups, totaling 17 for the year, and bringing together hundreds of readers and friends at venues throughout the city.
In 2014, we published a 269 posts. Here are the highlights.
Top 10 Most Visited Posts Published in 2014
As you’ll see below, Jeff’s “Apartment Rental Guide” series was well-received, with all four posts in the top 10 and several related ones making the list too.
- Dating Tips: Up-to-Date Advice for Foreign Men
- Apartment Rental Guide: Costs and Lessons Learned
- Cost of Living in Medellín for a Couple
- Apartment Rental Guide: Overcoming the Fiador Requirement
- Apartment Rental Guide: Finding the Perfect Apartment
- Apartment Rental Costs in Medellín
- Apartment Rental Guide: Handling Utilities and Shopping for Furniture
- Jobs Colombia Works for You
- Taking Spanish Classes at Universidad EAFIT
- Starbucks in Bogotá: The First Starbucks in Colombia
This year we finally published a story on the city’s gay scene, in addition to a few more stories on the local culture as viewed from the female expat angle.
John Knox Seagle’s four-part series, “Expat Observations,” while controversial at times, stirred up a lot of comments and highlighted some of the challenges of living in a foreign culture.
- A Female Perspective on Colombia
- How to Date a Colombian Man
- LGBT: The Most Colorful Side of the City
- Expat Observations: Paisa Customs, Culture Shock
- Expat Observations: Lines, Speaking Spanish and Dar Papaya
- Expat Observations: Tips, Time and Gossip
- Expat Observations: Passive Aggressiveness, Xenophobia and Making Plans
Medellín’s indie café scene is exploding, giving Juan Valdez, and eventually Starbucks, a run for their money. This year we covered a mix of existing and newly opened cafés.
- El Café de Otraparte (Envigado)
- Café Revolucion (Laureles)
- Café Zorba (Poblado)
- Café Zeppelin (Laureles)
- Café Velvet (Poblado)
- Cariñito Café (Poblado)
- Como Pez en el Agua (Poblado)
We continue to review restaurants without abandon, yet it feels like we can’t keep up. Like we’re seeing with the cafés, the restaurant scene is burgeoning before our eyes.
- D’Andre Gourmet
- Sushi Taste
- Romero Cocina Artesanal (Pizza)
- Humo BBQ & Bar
- El Alemán Pues (German)
- Paris Paris (French)
- Lucia (Italian)
- Juana La Cubana (Cuban)
- La Serenissima Venezia (Pizza)
- Amoretti (Italian)
- Marmoleo (Steakhouse)
- Crepes & Waffles
- Antonio’s (Vegetarian)
- Tabun (Arabian)
- Astor Repostería
- La Cafetiere de Anita (French)
- Brie Bon (French)
- Tarambana (Spanish)
- Ganso & Castor (French)
- Chilaquiles (Mexican)
- 360 Bistró
- Korea House
- Pizzería Antica Italia
- Edelweiss Helados (Gelato)
- Pizzería Olivia
This year, we made it a point to diversify our nightlife coverage, including a greater focus on electronic music venues.
If you’re looking for your weekly fix of house and techno, we’ve now got you covered. Trance is less popular and if you’re into Drum ‘n Bass, you’re better off flying to Bogotá.
- El Suave (Salsa)
- Wednesday Nights at Envy (Live Crossover)
- Attic Bar Loft (Crossover)
- Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe
- Centro Plazarte (Live Performances)
- Cameo Teatro Club (Electronica)
- Mansion Club (Electronica)
- La 33 Nightlife District
- Calle 9+1 (Electronica)
- Undermerge (Electronica)
- Alta Gracia (Electronica)
- Medellín Beer Factory
- Rio Sur Nightlife
- Weekly Bar Crawl by Poblado Pub Department
- La Cabaña del Recuerdo (Tango/Variety)
- SkyBar (Crossover)
Sports & Recreation
The World Cup was the big story this year and it was a ton of fun to watch the tournament in a foreign country for the first time, let alone one that made a historic run to the Quarterfinals for the first time.
- Over the Hills: Cycling in Medellín
- Learning to Skydive in Colombia
- La Familia Naranja (Los Gringos de Envigado FC)
- 2014 Liga Postobon Semifinal: Atlético Nacional vs Santafe
- An Introduction to Colombia in the 2014 World Cup
- Watching the World Cup in Parque Lleras (Photos)
- Sudamericana Final 2014: A Celebration on La 70
- 108 Yoga
- The Best CrossFit Gyms
- Martial Arts at MMA Colombia
- Mountain Biking with Colombian Bike Junkies
Charity & Volunteering
In 2014, we began to build awareness around local charities. Our coverage of this theme picked up when Nick Milne and Ioana Calin joined the team and culminated with our first holiday fundraiser. Together we’ve raised $1,650 for Mahavir Kmina this month.
- Introduction to Supporting NGOs
- Volunteer Visa: How to Get a TP-6
- Fundacion Pazamanos
- Volunteering with Angeles de Medellín
- TECHO Colombia: Building Houses
- Marina Orth Foundation: Education, Leadership and Technology
- Justo Manuel: A Real Colombian Hero
- MAKAI: Strengthening the Social Sector
- Fundacíon Las Golondrinas: Helping Vulnerable and Displaced Communities
- Mahavir Kmina: Changing Lives One Step at a Time
I covered Colombiamoda for the fourth time, but sat out La Feria de las Flores.
- Paisa Perspective: Carmen Angel (Interview)
- Paisa Perspective: Monica Zuluaga (Interview)
- The Runways of Colombiamoda (Photos)
- A Vegetarian’s Guide to Medellín
- Is Medellín at Risk for a Major Earthquake?
- Cable TV and Internet Providers
- Colombian Currency: Avoiding Counterfeits and Exchanging Money
- How to Buy and Use Cell Phones
- Experiencing Ayahuasca
- Best Bus Routes
- Learning to Ride a Motorcycle
Is there a topic you’d like to see us cover in 2015? Share your suggestions in the comments below.