Susan, Anya and me in Medellin

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

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Monday, November 28, 2005

Saturday morning the three of us flew to Medellin. My cousin, Clemencia picked us up at the airport and we headed north to see and climb (some of us) a giant rock called El Penol. The countryside was beautiful and the weather was spring like. We stopped on the side of the curvy road to eat some arepas de chocolo (corn patties) con queso (with cheese). We actually stopped because Susan was getting car sick, but I was happy to eat an arepa.

Finally, we made it to El Penol. I remembered being there as a kid, but it had been a long time. Anya and I decided to climb it while Susan and my cousin drank a few beers and enjoyed the countryside. The hike up was tough -- stone steps all the way up. The sight at the top was amazing. Anya and I enjoyed the view and then I climbed further up a tower to get the very best view. It was great, except I didn't have anyone to take my pictures. Oh, well! It was a cool hike. We walked back down the stairs and had some lunch at an outdoor restaurant. It started to get rainy, so we headed back to Medellin to the hotel we were staying at. Oh, forgot to mention that we had so much luggage that we had to have a cab take our luggage to the hotel while we headed up to El Penol.

On the way back, we stopped at the Cerro Nutibara. The Cerro Nutibara is a great place to see the entire city and also has a replica of the old styled towns. After a long day, we headed back to the hotel to relax.

We went to dinner at an interesting restaurant where there was a horse show in the middle of the restaurant. The horses were performing dressage which makes them look like they are dancing to the music. The pictures I took do not fully capture this cool event. The food wasn't great, but we survived with some alcohol.

The following day, Sunday, we decided to do some sightseeing. We went to the Antioquia Museum where some of my relatives' (dad's side) artwork was located. The door to the museum itself was created and sculpted by my great, great uncle (checking on the accuracy). There were some other art pieces as well. During our tour, someone told me that there were other sculptures by my great, great uncle Bernardo Vieco at the St. Pedro Cementary, so off we went. Oh, forgot to mention that the Antioquia museum houses lots of Fernando Botero stuff and a Picasso. It was neat to see this stuff!

We went to the Cementary and there certainly was a lot of his bronze work there. Apparently, he was one of the most renown bronze sculpturist of his time. Too bad I can't even sculpt anything discernable with clay:=) But, I have other talents....don't worry.

After the cemetery, we headed to the botanical garden and were very disappointed to see that all the beautiful flowers I had seen in August were gone. It's sad that Medellin doesn't take care of the gardens. Next, we headed back to the hotel and then to dinner...

It was sad to see Susan and Anya go, but they were off to Venezuela for a few days and then back to the states. Susan and Anya were excellent guests...low maintenance and easy going. I can't wait for them to come back!!!

I'm staying in Medellin because I have the two week course to teach (with some other instructors) and Eric M is coming in on Saturday night to teach the second week of the course along with some other AUSAs.

Miss you all and come visit soon!!!
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