We spent most of the first day looking at potential warehouse locations with a terrific realtor, Daniel, and then checked into our hotel. Daniel recounted what it was like to live in Medellin during the height of the drug cartels' reign, including telling us that his uncle had been kidnapped and killed in the 80s. We saw armed guards on certain sections of the highway from the airport into Medellin (about a 30 minute drive), and Daniel said the past president, Uribe, has a farm in the area which is heavily guarded. When he spoke of Pablo Escobar, he did so in a lowered voice which is what I had expected from various articles I had read.
|View from our hotel|
Saturday morning we headed to Botero Plaza for a walk around. It was teeming with people, music, vendors and action. We checked out several sculptures by Botero and then toured the Museo de Antioquia which displays works from various artists from the Antioquia district of Colombia.
Below: Botero's painting depicting Pablo Escobar's death during a shoot out with police in 1993.
|The caption on top loosely translated says|
" the pleasure you get from work makes you forget you are tired".
Medellin is in a valley and the views from the top of the mountain are breathtaking. As we got higher, the temperatures got much cooler, but still are warm enough to sustain a flower growing region.
We loved the area and that in the towns by the airport you could easily see cowboys riding down the highway, but yet be in a vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Medellin. As always, time will tell what happens next.
"Colombia: The only risk is you won't want to leave."
Colombian Tourism slogan