I know I have been posting a lot of ‘throwback’ travel diaries. But what are we to do, really? There are not much places to go to these days because the threat of COVID-19 is still very much existing. Instead, I am reminding myself of the better days spent travelling and the even better days heading our way very, very soon.
My last ‘normal’ stop before the pandemic hit me was Medellín in Colombia. I was on the verge of my Latin American trip and I was having the time of my life with my wonderful friends. I had just arrived in Medellín on the 1st of March, and we have had about two weeks of normalcy. Then on our third week, the whole city went into lockdown with cops patrolling the streets and even cops on helicopters looking through everyone’s terraces. Quite crazy and also exhilarating if you ask me.
But I wanted to show you a glimpse of the Medellín that I saw before this whole pandemic started.
Although I would like to warn you that most these photographs would be a bunch of my friends and the city all mixed in together. The first weeks that I was there, I had started partying and enjoying our life in this new city. So I went out a lot with my friends and we went on long walks around El Poblado, where we lived. We were just a bunch of kids living our lives and enjoying South America. Little did we know that all of our lives were about to change a few weeks later…
Ah, this beautiful Medellín skyline. This scene will be forever engraved in my memory. The beautiful red-bricked buildings and the Colombian mountain range is a sight to behold, really. Beautiful would be an understatement.
One of the best things about Medellín is its art scene. There are just so many wonderful art everywhere.
My friend, Pablo, and I stumbled upon this rooftop bar with a great view of la ciudad de la eterna primavera. This was us having a blast in the elevator, heh!
I was surprised to see a cover of the passport of the Philippines as a decor in the elevator. Quite awesome, actually.
What a beautiful view. That was on top of the rooftop bar that Pablo and I went to. Everybody was having fun, there was music blasting from the speakers, and there were no face masks in sight. What an incredible time.
This was a classic Medellín scene: red-bricked buildings, the Colombian mountain range, and lines of bar on the streets.
Quintessentially Medellín: red-bricked buildings. I have no idea why the city was covered with these buildings, but I really am not complaining since they are very pretty. We all know that I love a good red-bricked establishment.
I went on a walk one day with my friends, Luis y Pablo. We took a bunch of awesome photographs.
One of the best things about living in Medellín was the abundance of greens. Whichever direction you go to in Medellín, you will end up in a park with luscious green trees and benches to enjoy the view. I really do wish that the Philippines would catch up on this because we really do not need any more malls. What we do need are parks, eco-villages, and more amphiteatres to hangout on. Not malls.
It is always such great fun hanging out with friends and stopping to take photographs at every beautiful wall we will stumble upon.
In the end, I had such a lovely time in Medellín. It is a city that I would, gladly, go back to once this pandemic is over. I have not seen a lot in this beautiful city, and I intend on coming back when the restrictions are lifted.
Honestly, I still vividly remember smoking a cigarette with my friends on our roof top and scramming to get down the stairs because the police were patrolling using helicopters. In a way there was a thrill to it. Our hearts would be pumping with adrenaline and we would be laughing as we would crash into our couch talking about how crazy that was. But then there was the worry that things were getting so much worse as days were going by.
I still remember constantly texting my friends via WhatsApp and asking them if they would be going home. Because there was no point in me staying there if all of them were to go back to their own countries. What would be the fun in that? Although we were not supposed to have fun in the midst of a pandemic. It was quite tricky because every single day my friends would say there were not coming home, but then the next day one person would confirm that she or he have always booked a flight back. In the end we all had decided to leave Colombia before the borders opened because we did not know when they would re-open again and when we could come out next.
So we all had to go home.
If you are thinking about going to Medellín, please stay at Tiger Hostel. I volunteered in this hostel and it is super wonderful and it is right by the party district called El Poblado. They had to shut down, just like any other hostels, during this pandemic. It would be super helpful if you would help out by staying at Tiger Hostel.
Medellín, I cannot wait to come back to you. Your parties were always pumping, people are always beautiful, and your coffee were always strong. I had loved my time in Colombia, and I cannot wait to come back for more. But for now, I am busy working and saving up in the Philippines for my next big trip. Be safe and hang in there, friends!
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Proverbs 4:23 NIV