Medellins' Botero's Rotund and Voluptuous people

Trip Start Dec 10, 2011
Trip End Sep 29, 2012

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Black Sheep Hostel Medellin
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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Morning started off with lots of rain and a cooler temperature of just 21 degrees, now it is March the rain was going to catch up with me sooner or later and it is the start of the rainy season now here in Colombia. After spending a whole day chilling, skyping and drinking nice English breakfast day with finishing off the day with Medellin rum and ginger ale, I was ready to venture out and see more of Medellin city.

I waited a little for the rain to stop and went out for a first time in a while with socks, boots and my waterproof jacket. Without the sun it was hard to know even what to do, so used to waking up to gorgeous sunshine every day.

Medellin is a metro city, I bought my ticket for 1800 CUP (about 60 pence) and took the metro to Parque de Berrio to visit the Plaze Botero which has many sculptures by the Medellin born artist Fernando Botero, think large voloptious people!

It turns out it's also a little bit of shady place and for the first time I wore my rucksack on my front, put my camera into my pocket when I could and generally watched all the people around me as they also stared at me. I had no problems, just a lot of men selling everything you can think of from cut fruit, sex - loads of not very nice looking prostitutes, sombrero hats, flying aeroplanes for the kids, minutes to call someone from a mobile phone, sweets, cigarettes and I'm sure someone probably asked me if I wanted to buy Cocaine. I then walked around the pedestranised streets watching all the goings-on of the people selling their various goods, there was a lot of poor and homeless people also here and if you can imagine people shouting to come to their shop to anyone passing and traffic and the metro line above the road, you can then imagine the hum and noise I was listening to whilst people watching.

I also visited Parque San Antonio to see a few more Botero statues, one that is the 'Torso Masculino' and the 'Bird of Peace'. The latter being severly damaged by a guerilla bomb in 1996, underneath the statue were the names and ages of all those died and is a reminder next to the new identical statue of the tormoil this country has and is still going through. I continued then almost in a triangle to another plaza called Parque de Bolivar and home of the Catedral Metropolitana large red brick church and a service was going on, this was the second I visited today and sat down to soak up the peace and a bit of the service in progress.

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