Medellin is like some kind of crazy black hole...you try to leave but end up staying so much longer than originally intended. Now, after two weeks of non stop fiestas and meeting some of the nicest people ever, I am finally making the break and heading to Salento in the coffee region first thing tomorrow morning.
The first day here I met Reshma who was to become my room mate for the next 12 days - even though we both planned to only stay for the weekend. Sadly we are now both heading in separate directions but we will be meeting up again in Rio next month. Almost immediately we met Felipe and Bogdan who are both Colombian and come to the hostel every day. They are such lovely people and have taken us to so many places. We visited Santa Fe (so nice to travel in a car again rather than a stinky bus!) which is a very pretty village 50 miles away. We had lunch at a local hotel and spent the afternoon swimming and playing frisbee in the massive swimming pool. We also visited the botanical gardens, went to a waterpark, and visited the rock at El Piñol which has spectacular views over the lakes.
The nightlife here is crazy and Medellin really does know how to party. Our second night here was incredible. Felipe organised a BBQ and live band to come to the hostel. Before you knew it we were all dancing salsa to local Colombian music and drinking Agualiente - a local spirit which tastes a bit like Sambuca but is much weaker. This is Felipe´s favourite drink and everytime you say ´no mas´, he says `just one more for Colombia, for Felipe, for the hostel...´ As you can imagine everyone was in high spirits and at midnight we took the party outside to the streets as a few people were trying to sleep in the hostel. We ended up outside the supermarket as all the parks etc had hotels nearby. So, there we were in the middle of the night dancing salsa with a live band and few homeless people walking past joining in the party. It was just one of those nights which was so amazing and something I really cannot explain...
The next night we headed to Zona Rosa - a very touristy place with lots of bars and clubs. It was a great night and I ended up being the first to head home at 5.30am... Every night after this was pretty much the same, Felipe and Bogdan would arrive then we would all head out to dance the night away. I have never had so much fun and am now wondering how anywhere else will ever live up to the challenge...