Wednesday.......(Botanical Gardens) Shopping and last night in Medellin

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Inside the condo where Marcela and Mauricio live.

This morning Mauricio, Marcela and I were going to go to the Botanical Gardens but there is a problem with the new car, so Marcela and I took a cab to the metro and then caught the train.  We got to the gardens, only to find that they were closed because there’s a big exhibition starting tomorrow and they’re getting ready for the grand opening. 

 

So we caught a taxi to the Tesoro shopping centre, then went to San Diego shopping centre, the oldest shopping mall in Medellin and finally to Premium Plaza, the newest shopping mall.  By then I was totally shopped out and we went home.  Bought very little, just a fridge magnet, lipgloss and similar non-exciting things.

 

The car is finally fixed and we go to Tony Roma's revolving restaurant on the top of one of the taller buildings in town.

Metro, rather higher than the surrounding land.
  We were going to take a cab, but because there are a lot of people in town for the fair, it’s a holiday tomorrow and it’s raining, there aren't many cabs around and so we take the new car.  Food was ok, dessert ordinary.  Of course you’re paying for the view.  Roberto and Maria Clara go to sleep, fortunately the chairs are reasonably comfortable and tomorrow is a holiday so they can sleep in.

 

When I paid the waiter he was complaining to me about something.  I’d given him enough money to cover the bill, right?  Yes.  Apparently he was complaining because I hadn’t covered the bill and a 10% tip.   

 

My change is not brought back so I have to go to get it.  The waiter is telling the girl on the register that I didn’t give a tip....in Spanish of course.  They’re talking about me as if I’m not there; sadly this has happened to me more than once in Medellin.  I ask, didn’t I pay the bill?  Yes.  Isn’t it my decision whether I give a tip?  Yes.  I get the change and immediately give it to a nice waiter who took some photos of us.  The grumpy waiter and checkout chick are a little stunned, but one nice waiter is very happy. 

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Inside the condo where Marcela an…
Metro, rather higher than the surr…
Metro, rather higher than the sur…
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Bonsai at San Diego shopping centre
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Interesting way to get from the r…
Revolving restaurant; no it wasnt…
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