First time in the "City of Eternal Spring". The ride from the Airport to the Hotel was a sight to behold. Amazing and beautiful. Downtown was a bit dirty and you can see obvious tranny prostitutes through the city in the early evening, nonetheless the city is very nice in the morning and early afternoon and outside of downtown, it's nightlife is great once outside of the downtown area. I stayed in the Botero Plaza Hotel, which is a very nice hotel, 4 star, but by U.S. standards would be a 3 star hotel. One of the most impressive things about Medellin is that there was a lot of city development which has occurred over the years since the death of Pablo Escobar. They have a "Metro Cable", which is a Gondola system that takes you way up into the mountains where the impoverish people live.
View of downtown
It's amazing how different to the U.S. it is. In the U.S. the wealthy live by the ocean and in the Mountains. In Colombia, and most 3rd world countries, it's the exact opposite. Well, going up the Gondola, you can see incredible architectural modernization in the Gondola going directly over some dirt poor housing. It's quite impressive. Another funny quirk was that in one of the malls there were about 12 hair salons and perhaps 7 or 8 other types of stores, clothing, food/drink, type stuff. I thought that was pretty interesting. We danced salsa in a club and drank Aguardiente while I learned a little about "Troa"