Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Medellín: Parte 1

I know I’ve been back for more than a week now, but I thought more description and photos from the trip would be appreciated… I’ll post them as I can, following the course of our trip.

Our first day in Medellín was a bit of a bust due to weather and the Botanical Gardens being closed on Mondays, but we nonetheless had a nice time. It was exciting to be in a city with good Metro coverage, particularly as we had to recalculate our plans after discovering that the gardens were closed for maintenance. The elevated stations also provide nice views of the city and the surrounding mountains:

Botero was born in Medellín, so we were fully expecting the plaza of rotund statues outside the Museo de Antioquia, our destination post-garden disappointment. (For those unfamiliar with Colombian geography and cosmology, Medellín is located in the state of Antioquia – pronounced “anti-okie-a” - whose inhabitants are called paísas. They are widely reputed to consider themselves more cosmopolitan and independent than other Colombians.) The museum was really quite nice, featuring not only a large collection of Botero’s work, but also other contemporary artists from Latin American and around the world.

After the museum and a bit of a nap at the hostel, we headed over to a Lonely Planet recommended seafood restaurant. We split an absolutely delicious entree of rice with seafood, and called it a night.

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