Voyuer through Medellin- sex, crime and a box of rum

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and prettier face!

Colombia is a lovely change from Central America. In Medellin  and loving Medellin- remnants of the cartel, Salsa, Botero.  Remember that old black and white movie when lead actor keeps repeating “Mandalay” whenever he is away from the estate, like 50 times? Medellin… double ll has a j sound- similar.  To give my tourist brochure take: Temperate is always perfect, when it rains,it only rains in the evening. The women are perfect, all sizes included- sensual in attitude, fake or real their aim is on target. Little to no graffiti, garbage, or homeless. Smiles and greeting are abundant, a rainbow everyday.

How I got to Medellin.

my amigos
  It stinks that there are no direct overland routes from Panama City to Colombia… a $400-500 boat trip or airfare $350. Coming into Cartegena, I met a girl and just that fast I stepped on my penis and landed face first- it happens. That said I really can’t feel sorry for myself cause the women are incredibly forward, beautiful, and do not discriminate based on age. Something to keep in mind- happy birthday to me, another has passed.

Cartegena is a port town, has an old town surrounded in walls, and is a stepping off point to some small islands that are billed as snorkeling and diving sites. Side note on tourism: if one piece of coral is alive it is a reason to create  tourism. One can’t really take the local, national adverts- commercial of  the Bay Islands in Honduras and call it Sand Blast, Nicaragua or Colombia.

the death of Pablo Escobar, by Botero
The LonleyPlanet has been in cahoots with the tourism business for years.  I often said it is NOT the Bible, just a guidebook but it is becoming less and less of that. Generally, museos don’t change location, hip areas where hostels are located don’t, the LP is lucky. Spent a few days watching my friend Ben get lucky, I tipsy on Rum and walked around the old town. I did the mud bath at the top of a volcano- now that I’ve done it, I have the same feelings for mud as I do sand- more of a mess than what it is worth. I was able to enjoy the baths cause of 4 lovely teenage girls. Many of the women here are almost molatto, lovely dark skin. Another good story is to be careful about. When a pretty young woman dressed conservatively approaches you, unfortunately they are likely prostitutes.
the side of the hills are the barrio
Sad my drought is not over. Overly excited, tipsy, and money coming out- rescued by a lovely Austrian woman. Friend or angel, I am still prostitute free.

Ben and I traveled Santa Martha, stepping off point to Tayorona Park. It is a park located along the coast with a 15thC. colonial town caught half way between, a few stone elevated bases where thatch houses once stood and nothing more.  After jumping into the the sea to wash my sweat, I fell into a bored state. The jungle trek was cool but hand over hand in some parts made it difficult to appreciate the jungle splendor. Beaches are beaches- and the snorkeling area was dead corral. Can’t say Utila Island, Honduras enough, after Utila all other beaches, dive, snorkeling centers in Central America and Colombia can be missed.

square of Botero

Medellin is home to Pablo Escabar, the Medellin cartal and barrios filled with hitmen. They say in Medellin, and the area Antiquaico- the local folk are called Paisas.  In olden days these are old Jews that escaped slavery in Spain at the hands of the Visgoths (Arabs coming from Africa in the 7thC?) and they settled here. Doesn’t add up but whatever. Paisas are the business men of Colombia. Another saying goes, if you allow yourself to be stolen from then it is the Paisas right to take advantage of you.

Fortunate as always, I met two wonderful boys to show me the danger, Hefner has been here many times over 6 years and both Hefner and Marko are film directors who have studied the cartel in depth. Hefner, speaking Spanish actually knows many of the key figures.

in the barrio, having BBQ
My boys want to make a movie or something using the cartel and love explaining the dangers of Medellin. To be honest, really 2012??? Walk in barrios- done it and survived (white equal tourist= SAFE) Can you honestly say a white man would survive a stroll in Flint Mi. northside? Flint northside maybe awee bit more dangerous.

Hefner is a wealth of info and along with his buddy Marko are my drinking buddies, my amigos. Our first day together went something like, “nice hat” Where you from? “Chicago, originally but travelling.” Us too!! “Cool, let’s drink!” We buy a liter of 3yr. Rum in a box. Hefner goes out of his way to warn me to be careful not to let someone slip drugs in my drink, ‘it happens a lot to tourist’.

wieners!
A few hours past tipsy my memory is blank till morning.  Medellin center is in a valley and runs like 20mi., the barrios line the valley walls and looks like slums of India. Taking the metro from north to south through the center, you feel the barrios like walls.  I can dig the dangerous barrio part, sounds like my kinda doing. Whenever I pass my tipsy peak I go to bed, saves me some trouble I always hear about in the morn. The boys say I did pass my peak, but in the whorehouse district of a bad barrio, I wanted to walk home (I always want to walk so this could be) and they sent me home in a taxi- of which I have absolutely no memory of, nadda. The boys visited a few whores, at $20 a girl not so bad but somewhere they were drugged, girls stole some money from Marko as he was having sex with three- can’t keep an eye on them all! He came home around 2am and Hefner, drugged, was taken around to ATM’s all over the city, he withdrew over $2500 and the bad guys dropped him off at the hostel around 11am.
bbq in the bario
and later in the day he needed to go to the hospital to clean his system out. Another night, another friend was shaken down in front of the hostel by the police, they took $300. And a girl got her camera stolen, then the next day gave a guy $200 to find it, he never came back. Asked my advice, I got a good chuckle “obviously your not a very bright traveler…” She said “cheers” to that.  A boy went out with some others to a centro whorehouse district where he returned with a knife wound in the leg and stitches above his eye. This is what happens in Medellin! Keeping it real, other than my two amigos who I enjoy talking to everyday over a box of rum, I went to a Salsa bar and I gotta say- been to a few Salsa bars but Colombian Salsa at Tibiri Bar blew me away, way away.
Botero
There seemed to be no long term dance partners, men asked the women at random to dance and the dance was as if they each knew the others moves for 20 yrs. The boy would slap the air at girls shoulders left to the right, the bodies moved in complete sync without touching unless sensual. Another household name for me in the art world is  Fernando Botero and he is from Medellin. He donated much of his art to the city and it is incredible late 20thC sculpture, paintings that capture the stunning beauty of bloated figures.

I need to study Spanish.  I am looking for university paying English jobs to give me a year of Spanish. I get antsy feel so I think a little responsibility will ground me til the next pretty girl. My buddy Hefner, is my age, not what one would consider Valentino but so many girls fall in love with him.

  It all starts with Spanish. The people are so honest and strong, well worth the time invested. Love the barrio and BBQ kids and big ole girls salsaing. Also visited a boy in the hospital who lost his leg. 

KEITHGC34 says:
Glad to see you got through your trip and remaining prostitute free.
Posted on: Feb 08, 2013
guybooth says:
sounds fun!
Posted on: Dec 08, 2012
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and prettier face!
and prettier face!
my amigos
my amigos
the death of Pablo Escobar, by Bot…
the death of Pablo Escobar, by Bo…
the side of the hills are the barr…
the side of the hills are the bar…
square of Botero
square of Botero
in the barrio, having BBQ
in the barrio, having BBQ
wieners!
wieners!
bbq in the bario
bbq in the bario
Botero
Botero
girls I want to love if 20 yrs. yo…
girls I want to love if 20 yrs. y…
flamenco!
flamenco!
in the bario
in the bario
Botero
Botero
hookers
hookers
Botero
Botero
Botero
Botero
all the women are lovely.
all the women are lovely.
lovely tattoo, father is a seamstr…
lovely tattoo, father is a seamst…
and this is where love starts! Rat…
and this is where love starts! Ra…
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