After a few decades of chaos, killings and bombings thanks to Pablo Escobar’s reign of terror, Medellin has turned into a really affluent, beautiful city, surrounded by mountains and packed full of good restaurants, cafes, shopping centres, museums and sights.
Yesterday we had a family day out exploring some of the sites, playing the role of proper tourists rather than our usual beach bumming or partying. We caught the metro all the way to the end of one of the lines which then turns into a cable car that takes you all the way to the top of the mountain, giving you an amazing view over the whole city – not bad for about $3 each.
After that we headed to a science museum called Parque Explorer where we all acted like little kids for a few hours playing with the games and looking at fish. Liam and I went into the Planetarium to watch a movie about space, but it was in Spanish and we didn’t understand a word so we both fell asleep.
Today it’s Josh’s birthday and he has chosen the classiest of establishments in Medellin to have lunch – Hooters. Should be a big afternoon and tomorrow we head out on a Pablo Escobar tour, then make tracks to a town called Guatape for a few days before heading further south.