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January 29th, 2019 at 8:14:56 PM permalink
I woke up the morning after the Theatron club feeling a little sluggish but overall my body was just tired. Amy was hungover and Kyle had managed to recreate the worst hangover ever. He was puking in the bathroom and looked like absolute death. The flight to Medellin had a lot of turbulence that made me a bit nauseas but apparently Kyle had it much worse as he kept puking right through the flight, drinking is cool!

Our friend Ollie and his wife picked us up at the airport. Ollie met Yinna (pronounced Gina) in Colombia 4 years ago and they got married about a year ago. We stopped a few minutes away from the airport for lunch. Yinna told me that her favourite Colombian dish was chicharron so thatís what I got. Chicharron is a long chunk of pork. Sort of a cross between bacon and pork belly with the skin on and then they fry it. It was so good!



They drove us to our hostel where we napped for the next 3 hours. When I woke up Kyle had met Ollie for a beer down the street so I went and met them. Amy showed up a little later and then the tool came. A guy Ollie knows from Alberta Bernie joined us for a drink. If I never have to see that ďthingĒ again Iíll consider myself blessed lol.

We took an Uber to this area that Ollie suggested. We had street shawarma that wasnít really shawarma. It had cheese on it and no hummus or tomato. It tasted good but Iím pretty sure thatís what made Amy and I sick for the next 6 days or so. Luckily I didnít feel sick I just had bad stomach/pooping problems lol.
The death shawarma!


We found one of the casinos that I wanted to visit so we went in. The casino was called Havana Casino on google, Broadway Casino on the door and they were using chips from their sister casino, Casino Caribe. Kyle and I both lost a couple hundred thousand which is less than $100.

After the casino we took an Uber back to the hostel where we were so lucky (not!) to have a DJ playing music. It literally sounded like straight noise, Iím not sure how anyone listens to that crap.

By the next morning I was having stomach issues from I assume the shawarma. I slept in, my plan for the day was to go to a gringo bar down the street and watch the NFL championship games. I tried to reload data onto my SIM card but the place doesnít open on Sunday. I watched Netflix in this giant hammock that was more like a giant spiderís nest.



I ended up at Medellin Brewing Company for the two football games. They had a special where burgers were 2/1 so I asked if I could have one now and one in 3-4 hours during the second game. The bartender checked and had no issue with my request. The weird part about the offer was that they had 5 burgers all at the same price but you couldnít mix and match, I had to get two of the same. I chose the Argentinian burger that was basically a cheeseburger with chorizo on top of it. The burger was fine, nothing special. I was fully into my stomach issues at this point in the day and each time I ate the burger I was in the bathroom within 15 minutes. I had the breweryís amber beer with each burger and it was very good. Iím not usually a big fan of amber beer but this had a really nice taste to it.

The first game was great, ended up going to OT when the Saints got ripped off by the referees. The second game is what I cared about as a die hard Patriots fan. The Patriots dominated early and then the Chiefs came roaring back. The lead changed 4 times in the final 7.5 minutes and I was up and down emotion wise like a roller coaster. The Spanish speaking staff thought I was absolutely nuts with how loud and animated I was but they seemed amused. The patriots ended up winning in OT and I got a congratulations and a handshake from the bartender (I sat at the bar top all day). Ollie, Kyle and Amy showed up sometime in the 4th quarter of the Pats game and were basically there to cheer for the Chiefs just to troll me.

We walked back to the hostel with me on cloud nine and the rest of them just laughing at how happy I was.

The next morning we woke up, I ate the free hostel breakfast of eggs and toast that was sweet. Breakfast didnít stay in me for very long. I went back to the phone place to get data but my lack of Spanish made it impossible to buy data. My plan was to just get Ollie or Yinna to help me before we went to Cartagena.

We took an Uber to Ollieís condo for lunch/so Amy and Kyle could do laundry. Ollie ordered this extremely tasty roasted chicken and made rice for lunch. The chicken was so tasty that I had seconds and then visited the bathroom 20 minutes later. We hung out at Ollieís for a couple hours until he started work for the day. He plays online poker for a living so he started playing tournaments around 4:30. Amy and Kyle decided they would stay while Ollie played, I didnít have the same interest.

I went casino hopping through Medellin. My first stop was Rio (Uber, they are dirt cheap in Colombia) where I won 55k and grabbed a very dirty chip that will need a good scrubbing when I get home. I then went to Casino Caribe (Uber) where I wasnít sure what Iíd find. They had removed their table games which is why their chips were at Broadway Casino. I then took an Uber to Gran Casino which is close to our hostel. I won 15k after they gave me 6 5k promo chips to play with, this was the only casino in Colombia that gave me anything free. The next couple places were within walking distance of where I was. These next two casinos werenít on my collecting list, I just saw them a few days earlier. The information online about what casinos exist in South America is pretty unreliable. My next stop was Hollywood Casino where I won a whopping 2500 pesos or about $1 Canadian. My last stop of the night was San Fernando Casino where they were using Blue Space Casino chips. I found out later that they rebranded this casino recently from Blue Space. I won a whole 500 pesos here would is a solid 23 cents or so. I called an Uber to take me back to the hostel. First off he started driving away as I was getting in the car, the door was still open. Then he couldnít navigate the 8 minute drive to the hostel even though Uber gives him step by step directions. Not the best Uber driver at all!

The next day we had tentative plans to go to Guatape about 2 hours from Medellin by bus but I was pretty much not planning on going since my stomach was not doing well. Amy was determined to go (she was having the same stomach issues), not my problem lol.
I didnít sleep well because of my stomach so I passed on the long bus trip. I had breakfast at the hostel, I assume you know that didnít do me very well. The problem was I was hungry like normal but no matter what I ate I ran to the bathroom. I even ate crackers and sprite for a day+ which didnít do much to help. Yinna told Amy to buy these liquid pods that make you not poop, she was willing to try anything. I had one and went back to bed, I had booked a walking tour for 2 in the afternoon. Btw neither of us found that the liquid pods did anything to help.

The tour was amazing!!! The tour guide was the best that Iíve ever had, he loves his job. He is an electrical engineer and has a masters in business for he does this instead and has been for 6 years. The tour was over 4 hours and amazingly I was never bored. His knowledge was amazing and the way he presented it was fun and interactive.

Midway through the tour we stopped for a snack break. I had a buñuelo as suggested by the guide. Buñuelo is cheese dough that is fried in a ball. I also had what they call a churro, basically a donut with a mild version of caramel inside. I also had an empanada, I love street food even when my stomach is messed up.
Empanada


Pablo showed us this gothic building that was designed by a Belgium architect. There was a disagreement between the locals and the architect that ended with him being asked to leave. The locals figured they could easily finish the building. Turns out they overestimated themselves and they werenít able to complete his blueprints. For this reason the beautiful partly finished building is still there with an ugly grey wall that the Colombians built in front of it. They didnít even bother to finish the building.





Pablo was nice enough to help me reload my SIM card after the tour. I thanked him profusely for both the help and the tour and went on my way. I ordered an Uber and waited, and waited, and waited... After 30 minutes and many messages back and forth the driver decided he didnít feel like coming. I canceled and got a driver in less than 5 minutes. I wish the original driver didnít continue to tell me he was coming when he wasnít as I needed a bathroom and I could have been back at the hostel already.

At the hostel I took a shower because a 4 hour walking tour in the crazy hot sun will make the best of us smell. Yinna picked the three of us up to go for dinner (Ollie was playing poker online at home) and took us to a new area where I could get the local dish called Bandeja Paisa. I really enjoyed the dish. The plate is huge, it comes with chicharron, chorizo (only bad thing on the plate), ground beef, rice, beans and plantain. I really enjoyed the dish and I would definitely eat it again.



Some random graffiti from Medellin.






The next day we have a 7 pm flight to Cartagena. We slept in and went in search of food. We ended up having cake for breakfast, for me it was amazing chocolate cake to be exact. We went to Casa de la Memoria museum and although it originally seemed interested I was reminded why I donít like museums very much. Ollie met us at the museum about halfway through and then we went for lunch. This was a completely local area so the food was cheap and authentic. I had rice with chicken and veggies that was good. After lunch we said goodbye to Ollie, grabbed our stuff from the hostel and headed to the airport 45 minutes away.
It seems like they put egg in everything in Colombia.

On to Cartagena!
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January 29th, 2019 at 8:33:37 PM permalink
Great post and pics PG! I'm glad to hear everything came out okay after the big ol grilled cheese incident.

Regarding the club scene... was it mostly tourists or locals? Did the hostel give you advice about areas to avoid? I've wondered if illicit drugs are as prevalent in Colombia as in El Norte? How do the prices compare? They are charging $1.50 for a little avocado at the market by my house.
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January 29th, 2019 at 8:50:56 PM permalink
Dropping an iPhone in a S American Uber
would be like dropping a gold coin in
an American Uber. Why would you think
you would get it back.
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January 29th, 2019 at 9:18:03 PM permalink
Good stuff. Glad I saw this TR early and can follow along.
I have always wanted to visit BOG and CTG. How did the altitude treat you in BOG? Some recommend chewing the coca leaves to offset the effects. The title of the trip so far should be "Donde esta el bano?" You say you took some great tours so include more tidbits about what you learned/saw. Maybe something like...Did you know the proper way to spell Columbia is actually Colombia?
I want to hear more about Ollie, sounds like a nice enough guy to take you around and stuff. Speaking of Ollie, here is a cute JRT named Ollie:

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January 30th, 2019 at 12:45:08 PM permalink
Evenbob why do you bother when everything you post is negative? Youíre such a downer lol. Btw I got my iPhone back from the driver.

Aye grilled cheese?
The club was more locals than tourists and it was a heavily LGBT crowd, Iíd say nearing half of the people there that night. The hostel told us to be extremely careful at night but I think they were a bit over the top with their warnings. Things are quite cheap in Colombia, not Asia cheap but more cheaper than North America.

Keeneone I didnít have any issues with the altitude. I did try the coco leaves and they donít taste good. I did know how to spell Colombia properly. As far as the tours I wouldnít be able to recreate the info that he gave, my memory sucks lol.

Ollie is a good friend. Weíve been friends for about 5-6 years and Iíve taken poker trips with him before. Ollie fell into addiction in a bad way right around when I met him. He had a quarter million dollar score and that money is all gone now. He had a really bad coke addiction when he went travelling to Colombia. I honestly thought we might not see him again. He went, he partied, he met Yinna who was also travelling. They became friends and then when Ollie went home they talked every day. They wanted to be together but that meant Ollie had to be clean. He amazingly got clean and they have been married over a year now. They live in her hometown of Medellin. I always joke with him about how he went to Colombia and somehow lost his coke addiction.

Ollie has been trying to get us to come visit him and Yinna in Medellin for a couple years now. He was so happy that we came and loved that he and Yinna could show off their city.
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January 30th, 2019 at 12:57:01 PM permalink
Quote: PokerGrinder

Evenbob why do you bother when everything you post is negative?



So you think dropping an iPhone in
a S American Uber is the same as
dropping it in a US Uber?

Wow, you're the kind of tourist
that those countries love.. lol
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January 30th, 2019 at 1:25:14 PM permalink
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So you think dropping an iPhone in
a S American Uber is the same as
dropping it in a US Uber?

Wow, you're the kind of tourist
that those countries love.. lol


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January 30th, 2019 at 2:18:55 PM permalink
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So you think dropping an iPhone in
a S American Uber is the same as
dropping it in a US Uber?

Wow, you're the kind of tourist
that those countries love.. lol


I think there is a good chance itís not getting returned in any country. There are however good people out there like this driver who go out of there way to return things.
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January 30th, 2019 at 2:39:59 PM permalink
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I think there is a good chance itís not getting returned in any country. There are however good people out there like this driver who go out of there way to return things.



You should test it. Drop it in an Uber again
and see what happens.
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