Feria de las Flores (Flower festival)

Trip Start Jul 05, 2005
Trip End ??? ??, 2006

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Saturday, August 6, 2005

Sooooo, I am so sorry that I have been so out of the loop! Part of it was that I did not have internet access and the other part if that I was having such a good time I didn't get around to it. Sorry! So, here's a recap. The housekeeper is gone and the personal trainer is still hanging on. I decided to let Noehmi, the housekeepr go and I felt awful about it. She was not very nice about it and actually was kind of nasty. Well, that was Thursday. Friday was a day full of work. But I was at the aiport at 3 pm for a 4 pm flight to Medellin for the Festival de Flores (Flower Festival). My cousin, Clemecia (mom's brother's eldest daughter) met me at the aiport and off we went to her mom, Melba's house in the Americas section of Medellin.

On the way down from the airport which is in Rio Negro(yes, I think my sister named my nephew after the area :-)), I had flashbacks of being a kid and being amazed at how beautiful Medellin was and still is. Maybe I am just partial, but the mountains are beautiful and the landscape breathtaking (If Gerry Hogan saw this, he could certainly write a much better rendition and maybe even a poem about it!) In any event, on the way to Melba's, we shoe shopped and yes, I got a bunch of shoes for less than $US100. Not all for me (Lucy and mom are the benificiaries).

After shoe shopping, Clemencia and I met up with my cousin, her brother, Luis Fernando, his wife, Amparo and their closest friends in Sabaneta (a small town outside of Medellin). We met at the local plaza where there were a bunch of people dancing in the plaza, drinking aguardiente (firewater) and just having a good ole time celebrating the flower festival. After a few minutes there, we decided to go to a small bar in Luis' neighborhood and drank and danced forever! It was a blast!

The next morning, Clemencia, her niece, Camilia, and I met up with our cousin, Luis Fernando and his wife, Amparo at the Botanical Garden. It was absolutely beautiful!!! There were so many flowers, in so many different colors, shapes and sizes. There is no way I could do justice to how many amazing flowers there were at the garden. But, I must admit, the best part was spending time with my cousins and Camila(my first cousin's niece...paul, you can help me with geneology here!)I have really not felt alone since I've been here. A little lonely at times, but not really alone. Family, even people that I have issues with, have made contact. After the botanical gardens, we rode the metro. It was more organized and beautiful than the DC metro (which says a whole lot about the NY subway). Everyone waits to board and lets the exiting passengers off. No pushing, no shoving and no meanness.

Then, we took the metrocable, which is sort of like an enclosed ski gondola. The metrocable starts at a metro stop and it takes you to a neighborhood that no one would have dared to venture into several years ago. Metrocable has virtually eliminated crime (which is interesting). Now, people are decorating their rooftops so that the folks that go up in the metrocable can see the beauty of their neighborhoods. It's actually, really nice.

Next day.........................I went to my cousin Marta Lucia's house (my other cousin). There's a bunch more, I'm just trying to catch up.

miss you all!
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