As the clock ticks down on 2015, it’s time to take a walk down memory lane as we revisit some of our most popular and discussed stories of the year.
In 2015, Medellín Living as a publication continued to grow and mature. We published 161 new stories and surpassed 650,000 visits and 1.3 million page views. These are the highlights.
Top 10 Most Visited Posts Published in 2015
Jeff has a knack for picking topics you want to read about, as shown by the fact that he wrote all of the stories below. We’re lucky to have him.
- 8 Expensive Things in Medellín
- 10 Surprisingly Cheap Things in Medellín
- 4 Inexpensive Neighborhoods for Apartment Rentals
- Updated: Cost of Living for a Couple
- Papa John’s Pizza Opens
- Iglesia de la Veracruz
- Iglesia Jesús Nazareno and “Street of the Dead”
- Catedral Basílica Metropolitana: Medellín’s Most Important Church
- Apartment Rental Guide: Searching for an Apartment
- Bancolombia’s Headquarters, a LEED Gold Certified Building
Ximena is our culture vulture, offering a Colombian perspective on new books, movies, TV shows, and the work of local artists. She wrote most of the stories below.
- Museo Casa de la Memoria: Dedicated to Victims of Armed Conflict
- The History of Cementerio Museo de San Pedro
- Celebrating Christmas with a Paisa Family
- What Lies Behind the Use of the Word “Gringo”
- Colombian Humor, A Particular View of Everyday Life
- Finca de Don Aristides: Visiting the Juan Valdez of the Silleteros
- Was Gabo an Irishman? A Literary Bridge Between Cultures
- Colombia: A Nation of Festivos (Holidays)
- Colombia’s Music Revolution
- The Museum of Modern Art Expansion
Food, Cafés and Restaurants
Trying new restaurants is a passion of mine, and while we covered fewer in 2015 than 2014, we attempted to fill in the gaps by showcasing more Asian and vegetarian options.
- Food Truck Scene
- OSEA (Contemporary)
- Curry (Indian)
- Lemoncillo (Vietnamese)
- Prana (Vegetarian)
- Centeno (Vegetarian)
- Hellriegel Beer Company (Microbrewery)
- Restaurante El Viejo John (Colombian)
- Buying Lechona (whole pig)
- Best Brunches
Maybe it’s because so much has been written before, or we simply had fewer partiers writing for us, but nightlife wasn’t a hotly covered topic in 2015.
- El Banana Splitter: Nightlife that Welcomes Diversity
- Woka Lounge
- Sindominio Art Bar: Murals, Music and Alternative Nightlife
Sports and Recreation
Much to the chagrin of Colombians, Pablo Escobar’s name was once again in the news. This time, on account of Narcos, the new Netflix series that proved to be a hit. Narcos has already been picked up for a second season, so we should expect another new wave of interest in Medellín by mid-2016.
- Narcos: A Colombian Perspective on the New Netflix Series
- 10 Best Places to Take a Date
- Movie Theater Guide
- Dancefree Salsa and Bachata School
- Guide to City Bikes: Buying, Renting and Riding
- What I Miss About Poker in Medellín
- Medellín Cricket Club
Charity and Volunteering
Before he left Colombia mid-year, Nick profiled a few more organizations doing admirable work in the city.
- Social Entrepreneurship: Building Businesses for the Community
- The Alliance for Responsible Mining: Transforming the Mining Sector
- Mercados Campesinos: Supporting Local Farmers and Entrepreneurs
- E2E Foundation: An NGO Creating an Impact
Paisa Perspective Series
We published six interviews for our Paisa Perspective series, which aims to share insights about the paisa culture from Colombians of varying backgrounds.
- Fernando Jaramillo (Writer)
- Frank Martínez (Comic)
- Johanna Logreira (Designer)
- Claudia Márquez Cadavid (First Lady)
- Eduardo González (Musician)
- Laura Echavarria (Fashion Blogger)
Travel in Colombia
- Leah’s Do’s and Don’ts of Carnival in Barranquilla
- Caño Cristales: The River of Five Colors
- Caribbean Beaches: Capurgana, Sapzurro and Aguacate
- Jericó: More than Religious Tourism
- 900 KM of Colombia by Land: Manizales to Bucaramanga
- Top 10 Things to Do in Manizales
- Medellín Real Estate: How to Start Your Search for a Good Investment
- Medellín Real Estate: Foreign Buyer’s Guide
- 2015 Update: Furnished Apartment Rental Costs
- How to Find a Room for Rent
- Uber in Medellín: 7 Ways the Service Offers a Superior Experience
- Marriage Visa: How to Get a TP-10 Visa in Colombia
- Filing Taxes in Colombia
- Frozen in Spring Time: Freezing My Eggs at inSer Fertility Center
- Medellín Living’s Editorial Policy
Thank you to everyone who read Medellín Living this year. It’s been a blast, and we look forward to continuing to keep you informed and entertained in the new year.
Is there a topic you’d like to see us cover in 2016?
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