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Colombia: good, bad and ugly

Posted Nov 15 2010 12:00am
Hi hi~~~ I’m back! I’ve put a long recap of my 5 days trip to Medellin, Colombia.

Good: I met many old friends by surprise. One of them, Thomas who I haven’t seen for more than four years, entered to my presentation. Can you imagine? I was more than surprised and happy :)

Bad: I was extremely busy so I couldn’t enjoy the conference and the trip much. I needed to send job applications, prepare for an interview and a presentation to give. Sleepless, stressed and foodless. :shock: I ate at random hours and probably just two meals a day, mainly food that I don’t usually eat: NO VEGGIES AT ALL, a lot of extremely sweet fruit and TONS OF MEAT! All that made an unhappy Coco and a sick Coco :(

Yes. After 5 days of bad eating, I got sick :( The last day in Medellin, I woke up at 4 AM with a sharp stomach pain. No doc, just a pain-relieve pill. And during the flight back, I got fever and more stomach pain. More pills :( I went to the doctor today, she did blood test for me. I hope it’s nothing too serious.

Ugly: the food and the city. I’m sorry Medellin, but I really don’t find you pretty. The city is messy and dirty. We felt insecure walking around. So glad that taxi was cheap. The food is the worst, pics below to testify.

Okay. Now the recap

We arrived Medellin after 8 hours trip. Pablo tired face

me and Julien excited

Our hotel is an old fashion boutique style hotel. I like it a lot

my room has a desk

a big bed

and a large bathroom

Restaurant – breakfast

It’s the most important meal, the only secure meal, the only meal that I kind of enjoy during my stay in Colombia and it’s HUGE

Everyday I’d have two plates of fruits

#1 with bread, jam, preserve and potato tortilla

#2: more bread and fruit

A serving of omelette with mushrooms

This meal hold me until late afternoon or whenever next meal happens

The second day we had a cocktail at the Botero Museum. I like his work a lot. They’re all bulky but cute :)

The third night we had a dinner at Plaza Mayor . The food was terrible. A full plate of pork. I really don’t like pork but I finish the whole plate because I haven’t had food since 9 AM :( The good part of the dinner was the dance show. It was an hour long show, 3 groups dancing different kinds of dance: traditional colombian dance, tango, brazilian dance and many others. We were all surprised by the quality of the show :D

Day four: Pablo, Valentina and I skipped the last session of the conference and went to Pueblito Paisa, the oldest town in Medellin, where one can have an overview of the whole city.

a street show

and the UGLY food

 

After glancing around street food… we agreed that we just couldn’t do it :( Instead, we went to the only restaurant in the small town

We order Coconut Juice

the most famous and traditional meal: Bandeja Paisa

it has rice, fried banana, fried egg, sausage, fried pork fat, grounded pork meat and bean cooked with pork sauce

and another combined plate called Muchacho Sudado (sweat boys)

it has beef, potato, yam, rice, corn patty and some shredded lettuce (my only doze of veggies in 5 days :shock: ) in a greasy sauce

That’s it! As you can see, I didn’t enjoy this trip much. The 5 hours flight back seemed eternity. oh… there was an dramatic episode in between too. I forgot some paper work and was sent to the immigration office for check. I was almost sure I’d miss the next flight. But fortunately I got into the plane just 5 min before departure. I felt terrible during the 2 hours flight. When I walked toward Star, who was waiting me at the gate, I felt I was fainting.

Today I feel a little better… at least I have enough energy to go to the doc office. I’m worried that I won’t have enough time to study for an important interview that I’m going to have soon. Whatever… all I want now is to have all this craziness to end and relax.

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