Monday, July 25, 2016

Cool New Hairs Cut


We decided to take the Metro to Parque Arvi on the backside of the valley from Medellin.  But after taking the Sky Metro to the end of the line we were told it was closed on Mondays.  Soooo I decided to get a cool Colombian haircut complete with cool facial hair design.  RICO SAUVE....

This was the end to a great trip.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Crazy Driver Sunday


By Norman R Guidry

We got a slow start but headed across town on the Metro to the fancy neighborhood of El Poblado
for the farmers market and a coffee shop Mom really wanted to visit.  I bought some cool glasses for a experiment we are planning on doing (TOP SECRET).  Then we walked all the way up the hill to farmers market where I got an handmade ice cream at 10am!!! Then we headed to the coffee shop which was still closed at 10:30!!! But we found another one and mom and andrew got 2 iced lattes each.  Then we headed back down the hill to the Metro to go towards the parque.  There was a slight misunderstanding about the logistics of the following events but we ended up catching a 'chicken bus' to Ecological Parque El Salado.  On the way there the driver was super crazy wiping around blind turns thru tiny villages all the while I had no expression even when he slammed on the brakes sending my face into the seat in front of me.  But we arrived safely. I asked mom 'I wonder how many people he's ran over while driving.'  The park was cool it had zip lines and a river running through it and picnic tables.  We went swimming in the freezing cold water, I barely went over my legs but Quincy fell all the way in.  Turns out he's not a good swimmer.  I threw a rock at a bigger rock and it broke other times I missed, and I threw a rock with a point and it bounced off the tip into the water.  Then it started raining and we went under the shelter of the food court and ate a peanut butter sandwich and mom and Andrew ate Sancocho, a weird soup with meat and potatoes.  After the rain we waited for the bus and guess what driver we got? The crazy one!! This time he wasn't so crazy going downhill, I didn't get my face thrown into the seat (this time I brought a helmet).  Then we went home and while andrew and the baby slept, me and mom watched an episode of Marvel Agents of the Shield.
We went out for dinner and I got chicken nuggets and they got Bandeja Paisa ('country flag') the national dish of Colombia, fried plantains and chicken on a stick.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016

City of Eternal Spring


By Aq

Wake up in warm Medellin was a welcome change from the 40 temps in Bogota.  We started the day by walking to a neighborhood called Laureles for a coffee at Cafe Revolucion. Then we walked the 10 short blocks to the Metro for our first ride on the train.  It is amazing clean and efficient, we were told the people of Medellín (Paisas) are very proud of the transit.
We headed to the Museo de Agua, a museum sponsored by the water utility EPM. They have a barefoot plaza, where you aren't allowed to wear shoes but rather walk through a sensory garden and wade in fountains and pools.  Then we headed into museum, which focuses on the importance of water through time and uses in today's Colombia.  Very well done but we've noticed that Colombian museums have a flair for the melodramatic in their presentations.
Next was a quick stop at the ice cream shop to get our energy up and back on the Metro to Parque Explora, an absolutely world class museum with loads of hands on activities great for the entire family.  Nevin was quoted as saying 'world class awesomeness.' We stayed till closing and decided we needed another snacker before heading home so we stopped at a plaza for dinner from Mexican food trucks on the side of the plaza. Nevin ate a hamburger and mama and I ate plantain with cream and guava paste and a BBQ chicken burrito. And I rolled the dice with a michelda, dark beer with lime juice salt rimmed glass, sliver of mango and pepper.  It will be my last one.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

We'll miss you Bogota


By Nevin

We were flying out at 12pm to Medellín so we didn't have much of a day. So while Mom got dressed,
me, Q and Andrew went to Profano, our favorite bistro around the corner that we've been to every day, for coffee and chocolate milk.  We then rushed home to checkout at by 10.  The Airbnb lady asked for more money bc we didn't disclose that there were kids and we had hung clothes on their 'priceless' pieces of artwork.  Andrew gave her $10 and told her that if she is so worried that having art in a rental apartment might not be the best place, maybe a museum would be better. She asked if we had any more pesos to give. We said no.
Then we flew to Medellín and took a 1 hr taxi to the Airbnb. We walked to a supermercado for dinner, I got a cheeseburger. In Colombia they give you plastic gloves to eat anything that is eaten by hand.  I got to play in the food court arcade and Andrew beat me at a motorcycle game.  Then we went home to watch our new favorite show Marvels Agents of Shield.

Video arcade

Eating dinner at the shopping mall

Any finger food you eat in Colombia comes with plastic gloves

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Independence Day


By Jesica

We got taxi to La Candleria but since it was Independence Day nothing was open. We found a coffee shop and ordered 2 double shot lattes but what came was 2 lattes and 2 double espressos. Andrew and  I bounced down the street to the Emerald Museum.  We had to show ID and clear multiple security checkpoints to get in.  It was disappointing. After the museum we walked down the deserted streets and found some vendors selling used doodads where we bought Q a llama sweeter for 5000$ COP($2) but I didn't get a necklace at the Emerald Museum that I reallllllllly wanted.
We thought that Independence Day would be a big deal considering that just days earlier the Supreme Court had ratified a peace treaty with the the leftist rebel group called the FARC, which had raged for 50 years.  Besides the deserted streets and closed central Plaza de Bolivar there was no sign of any normal day.
Walked to Museo nacional for cool exhibits saw Lorenzo Jaranillo.
Walked up the hill in the rain La Macarena to cool tapas bar above the bull fighting estadio.
Then walked home.

Street performers on the Avenida

Protests outside the Supreme Court and Plaza de Bolivar

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Colombia doesn't want to let us go


By da Snoot

Bright and early I woke up because I heard my Nina and Kennedi rustling to get packed to leave so I stuck my finger in my daddy's nose.  We saw them off at 6am for their 8:30 flight to Cartagena then on the Orlando.  I couldn't go back to sleep because there was stuff to mess up so I started pulling all the toilet paper off the roll, dragging my daddy's toothbrush around on the ground, biting chairs, and eating things I found under the couch cushions.  Then mama got a text from Melisa that their flight was canceled!! Team Mama and Daddy went into action mode; searching flights scenarios that would get Nina and Kennedi home. I tried to help by making weird noises and pushing buttons on the iPad while they were working, it really seemed to be helping.  Finally we got the good news that they found a flight and were headed home. We were sad...
Then we decided to go walk into town but once again no one asked me. If they would have, I would have said 'lets go to boob town.' But no one listens to me cause I'm just a baby.  We stopped in a park and brother and I see-sawed with Mama while daddy watched kids play soccer longingly.  We ate yummy pastries at a cafe and walked into town to the Emerald Museum. I decided to try to break as many fragile crystals off the rock displays as possible.  Then mama wanted to look at boring shopping stuff so I ran around some stores taking anything in sight off of shelves and gently strewing it on the floor.  All that shopping worked up an appetite so we found a cool grotto bar and had ceviche and potatoes in parmesan cream sauce and brother had chicken wings. We were moving Airbnb apartments so we headed back down the hill to the major boulevard.  Daddy wanted to show us the plaza de Bolivar, the central square that houses the Supreme Court and congress.  Unfortunately it was cordoned off bc of a rally.  Daddy asked what was the rally about and was told that the leftist guerilla movement called the FARC had signed a historic agreement to lay down their arms and become and political party. And we were told that tomorrow is Colombian Independence Day!!
We got a taxi and headed back to the new Airbnb for the tonight. I'm tired cause I'm a baby and I want to go to sleep. Night night.