Medellin

Trip Start Jan 01, 2001
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Trip End Dec 28, 2010


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Sunday, December 14, 2008

- Off again this morning towards Medellin and just outside of the town the scenery changed completely; once more it takes on a tropical appearance with the palm and banana trees and the bright flowers. In addition to this we have now started to go up into the hills, the highest today was just over 9,000ft and this gave some super views. One problem that we did have was that the road here is unstable in places and keeps subsiding. These are repaired but as we found they tend to close the road to make it just one way. This would not be too bad but they close the road for up to one hour and then reopen it, very boring if you get there just as it closes. We eventually arrived at Medellin in the late afternoon and spotted a 24 hour car park on the wrong side of the road; after a quick bit of manoeuvring we managed to find our way to the entrance and are now parked inside. It is about a 2 minute walk to the local metro so is very handy for getting into town.
15th - This morning as we were getting ready to go out we were told that the owner of the park did not want us sleeping in the park and so we would not be able to stay tonight. It is rather a dump so there is no real loss, but it ends up that Mike went into town on the metro whilst I did some more shopping at the local super market. We had an address for the tourist office and so that is where Mike went to get the information about his anti malaria tablets. It seems that there is now an injection given as an anti malaria and we can get it free at the local clinic, unfortunately only on Wednesdays and Fridays, so that does not fit in. Apart from that the only anti-malaria available is Chloroquine, which is not really effective in this region. In addition we tried to pose some cards to UK; we had already got the stamps so just needed a box. Mike was told that the post office was in the ton hall building and so walked there and asked for it, the nearest he could get was a Correspondencia office and so in he goes and takes a ticket and after 20 mins is told he cannot post them there. After asking where he goes to the Metro Mall which has the office, wrong again try outside and a block along. It has moved again it is now two blocks back and round the corner, still no joy. At this point after 1.5 hours he decides to give up and goes to get the metro back when he finds another Metro Mall and decides to try this, still no joy but finds someone who tells him it is on the third floor of the opposite building, a different part of the town hall. At long last we get to the office, pass over the cards and are told we do not have enough postage, since it is one pound twenty-five a stamp we are a bit flabbergasted, but ask how much. After being told the stamps we have are only good for the USA and not Europe, they eventually decide they are wrong and we do have the correct stamp and at long last they are gone. It is now back on the metro, have a quick bite and then set off to drive further south. The route through the town is not too bad since it is almost a straight road; you just have to cope with the traffic. Once we have left the town we are back on one of the main roads, again a mix of good and bad surface. Once more though we have to climb back up to about 9000ft and once again get some very nice views. The areas out of the main towns are very pretty, both the houses and gardens are well looked after even when the people are obviously poor. One thing difficult to understand is how they build a small community right on the peak of the hills; there is just enough room for the road with a house each side and then a very steep drop either side. We are now parked up for the night at Camping Los Fallerones, a tent camping site with a couple of large swimming pools and a restaurant.
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