Chilling in Medellin

Trip Start Sep 30, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Urban Buddha Hostel

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

We made it to Medellin.
Yesterday morning before leaving Salento we went to the Jesús Martín coffee shop in Salento. It is different in the way that the same company have coffe plantations where they grow and harvest the coffee, just like the Plantation House where we stayed in Salento. However it doesn´t stop there, they then roast and grind and package the coffee and you can try the finished product in the Jesús Martín coffee shop. We went on a tour of the roasting factory and then had a coffee tasting session with Mauricio, one of the guys working for Jesús. It was really interesting to see exactly what goes on before the cup of coffee is served in the coffee shop.
We decided to check out the same morning and head to Pereira to be a step closer to Medellin, unfortunately we just missed one bus and had to wait another 2 hours for the next. So we decided to have another good value lunch in El Rincon de Lucy. Then it started pouring down again, we just got on the bus during a brief break in the rain and then it started again. It only took one hour to get to Pereira which was not bad. We didn´t book a hotel before leaving so we picked one in the guide book and got a taxi there. In the taxi I kept an eye out for other hotels we passed just in case which proved very useful. Since the hotel we had chosen didn´t have wi-fi nor breakfast included. We took a quick walk around the corner where I had spotted a hotel and managed to get a private double room with bathroom, wi-fi and breakfast for a little less. The hotel was called Mirador Plaza Pereira and was just a short walk from the main square. We took a little walk down to the square to see the famous naked Bolivar on his stallion. There was a very interesting looking church in the square, it was half stone and half wood. We asked one of the policemen outside if the original church was like this or if it had been rebuild after an earthquake or something, but no, it was always like this.
This morning we got up early and got the bus to Medellin, we decided not to stay in the typical backpackers area and found a brand new hostel called Urban Buddha in the area called Laureles. It cost around 10,000pesos (4eur) to get to the hostel from the South bus terminal in a taxi. We were greated by an adorable dog called "guapa" and the receptionist Germán. Turns out we are the only guests tonight and have the hostel to ourselves. We dropped our stuff and got a cab to the Zona Rosa for dinner and a beer. It cost another 10,000pesos, however we know we will sleep nice and quietly in this area compared to the hustle and bustle from the Zona Rosa. Tomorrow it is time to explore Medellin.
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