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Plaza Botero
Yesterday I arrived in Medellin from Bogota, went straight to my hostel (an irish owned place called Pitstop) and slept for 3 hours more because I didn't really get much rest on the bus. I would be far more comfortable if the drivers didn't turn the aircon to Antarctic setting on every night bus, much colder in Colombia than the other night buses I experienced.

In the afternoon I went to the centre and saw the Plaza Botero (full of weird and wonderful Botero statues) and then went to the Museum of Antioquia, which is mostly artwork from the region. I also went to see the metropolitan cathedral. Unfortunately on the way back the heavens opened and we had a huge rainstorm that lasted a good hour and Medellin's storm drains clearly weren't adequate because the roads flooded immediately and the river level rose by about 4 feet just like that. Back at the hostel there was an emergency with the water coming in from the poolside, which is above reception. Power was lost for a few hours and one of the dorms was completely flooded. Luckily as mine was next to reception, they saw the danger and took evasive measures, hence why my backpack had moved itself on top of the bunk (not where I had left it).

The second day I did some more sightseeing and then in the hostel they threw a 1st year since opening party, combined a few days ahead of tradition with St Patricks Day. Obviously a great party, with plenty of irish and people enthusiastic to act irish for the night.
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Plaza Botero
Plaza Botero
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