Medellin Christmas Lights 2014

The National Geographic lists Medellin as one of the top 10  cities in the world to view Christmas lights – and for 2014  the city, once again has gone over the top with their display. This year they have used 30 million LED lights and over 800 kilometers of lighting tubes with LED lights. Add into this 11 tons of foil paper and 170 tons of steel and you have an incredible presentation. All of this was carefully planned ... Read More »

Louis-Michel Aury – A Real Pirate of the Caribbean

Louis-Michel Aury was born (approximately) in 1788 in the Parisian suburb of Montrouge. At an early age he entered Napoleon´s navy and was stationed on a French island in the West Indies. At 15 he left his warship in Guadaloupe and joined a group of French privateers.  By the time he was 22 he had saved enough prize money to purchase his own ship. Aury never had any great affections for the Americans. In 1810 in New Orleans, American officials ... Read More »


Fernando Botero Angulo was born in 1932 in Medellin, Colombia, Botero became interested in painting at an early age. He was influenced by the Baroque style of the colonial churches and city life in Medellin at that time. His father passed away when he was four and his uncle took a major role. At 14, he was sent to a school for matadors but his passion was for art. At 16, he had his first illustrations published and he used ... Read More »


The Granadilla or Passiflora ligularis is a member of the plant species in the genus Passiflora. It is found throughout the Andes Mountains in the regions of Venezuela, Bolivia and Colombia. It is also found as far north as Central Mexico and as far south as Argentina. It is one of the many different fruits that are considered part of the Passion Fruit family and in fact it is called Passion Fruit in Africa and Australia. In Brazil it is known as ... Read More »

Guava or Guayaba Fruit

The humble Guava or Guayaba fruit is a remarkable plant. This green or yellow coloured fruit is a storehouse of vitamin A.B and C as well as a large variety of antioxidants. There are actually three common forms in Colombia, the Guava Pera (pear) which has a yellowish skin and pinkish flesh, the Guava Manazana (apple) and the Guava which is a round red or yellow fruit about the size of a cherry. The Guava plants are part of the ... Read More »

Medellin – The Innovation Continues

In 2013, Medellin was named the most Innovative City of the Year having been selected from a listed of over 200 cities compiled by the Urban Land Institute.  Certainly  the city has been acknowledged for its social innovation but many people do not realize that Medellin plans to be the most technologically advanced city in the world by 2021. Through a private/publicly supported organization known as Ruta N, very specific plans and projects are underway to do just that. Here are ... Read More »

Ballet Folklorico de Antioquia

The Folkloric Ballet of Antioquia, el Ballet Folklorico de Antioquia – – was founded in Medellin (1991) by Albeiro Roland Penagos.  Since then it has grown to be one of the foremost professional dance troupes in Colombia. They have performed in over 20 countries worldwide including the Arab Emirates, China, Cuba,  France, Japan, Russia, Spain and the United States. They represented Colombia in the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. They have won numerous dance awards and in 2014 ... Read More »

The Volkswagen Diaries – Part 3

This is the third and final segment of the Volkswagen Diaries by Joe Greco. The first two are available at these links : Joe will be featured on the Overseas Radio Network Show, ”The Accidental Expat” on Thursday, November 20, 2014. If you miss it follow this link – Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I had always had a love for the mystical qualities of the Volkswagen Van.  They offered the idealistic image of the hippie era, ... Read More »


Even though Colombia is still largely Roman Catholic, the most sacreligious words one could utter in Colombia are, ” I don’t like Shakira”….so take a deep …. wait for it …….. I don’t like Shakira ! Now my family don’t agree with me nor do 100,000,000 Facebook followers. I have been told, ”there’s no accounting for taste” and I could not agree more. I have always followed ”the beat of a different drummer” and I don’t have to be a ... Read More »

Featured Listing – New Apartment with a Visa Application

Here is the opportunity to get a new apartment with a visa application. The purchase price of this featured listing qualifies the buyer to apply for a 5 year Resident Visa. This project is well located in Laureles, Medellin. It is walking distance to the parks, churchs, banks, grocery stores, restaurants and commercial zones. I have negotiated a commission of 3%. There is only 1 apartment per floor. Each apartment is 125 m2 and has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, ... Read More »

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