Trip Start Jul 21, 2009
147Trip End Apr 28, 2010
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Also in the downtown area, we visited a few parks and museums. The Barefoot Park is supposed to be a relaxing place to kick off your shoes and play around
Other special events in Medellin include:
Parque Lleras -- this park, located near our hostel, is surrounded on all sides, for about a block in each direction, with bars and resturants. We went to check it out on Saturday night, and the place was packed! Early in the evening, every place was full with people watching one of the local soccer teams play. Later in the evening, the bars were packed, and overflowing. The streets were also crowded with people hanging out, drinking, eating snacks from the street vendors and whatnot. It was a fun, but very relaxed, sort of atmosphere. The crowds were the size that we would see for a special event (New Years, or a concert), but it was just another Saturday night
Soccer -- There are two local soccer teams in Medellin. One of them had a game in town, versus a team from Cartagena, so we went to check it out. The last soccer game we went to was in Antigua, where under 1,000 people showed up. Although the game here in Medellin wasn't quite a sellout, there were still close to perhaps 30,000 people at the game. The supporter section was loud the whole time, and the stadium came to life when the home team scored their first goal and later a second to seal the win.
Paragliding -- The area around Medellin is known for paragliding, so John and I went to give it a try. The process is amazingly simple. The office is located up on one of the hills that surround the city, but a public bus runs right past, so you can take a bus to the door. We had called ahead, but didn't have a reservation for a particular time or anything like that. When we arrived, we checked in, and climbed up a set of stairs to a bit higher on the hill. There, the pilot for the tandem flight was waiting, with the gear. Only John was going to fly, so he climbed into the flight suit and waited for one other pair to take off, then he was up. We had only been there for a few minutes, and the next thing I knew, he was running off the hill, ready to fly. After going around for about 25 minutes, and seeing the city, the surrounding hills, and even a waterfall, they returned to the same place on the hill for a nice smooth landing. John reports that it was a great deal of fun!