I’ve just been pondering why the Gold Museum of Bogota is so important. It actually comes up as number 1 in the top things to do in all of Colombia. Of course I paid it a visit, but why was it worth my time?
Capital Cities are usually the capital for a reason. Whether they’re located in Asia, the Americas, Australia, Europe or whichever continent in the world, they have something in common.
Technically this commonality is defined by wikipedia as:
A capital city is a city or town, specified by law or constitution, by the government of a country, or part of a country, such as a state, province or county. It usually serves as the location of the government’s central meeting place and offices.
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For a long time (from a foreigner’s perspective) when someone mentioned a planned visit to Colombia, it was usually accompanied by heeds of warning. When someone mentioned Medellin, old mate Pablo popped into mind. When someone mentioned Comuna 13… well now we’re just getting too specific.
However, talking to a Paisa (a Colombian born in Medellin) when someone mentioned Comuna 13 that’s when the real heeds of warning came up. There are plenty of good areas in Medellin, but avoid Comuna 13, if you can.
So obviously that’s one of the first places I went to visit.
a ruler with total power over a country, typically one who has obtained power by force.
In 1973, Augusto Pinochet with the Chilean Armed Forces and the secret aid of the CIA, stormed into the Parliamentary Palace, La Moneda in Santiago, and overthrew President Allende. This Dictator maintained power until 1990, instigating 17 years of torture (as many as 30,000 people) and implementing economic liberalisation.
Disturbing right? But where does Valparaiso fit into this picture? And what has this got to do with graffiti?
Yep, you read it right. I spent two days acting within the beautiful Old Wall of Cartagena de Indias. And not just for any old documentary, but for the Netflix hit series itself -Narcos.
Because it has Disneyland and Universal Studios?
Yes, but we can go a little deeper than that. To be honest, I have never been interested in America. It’s just a country full of concrete and too much international media coverage, right?
Yet I’ve come to understand America more than I ever expected. Despite living in Medellin, I have spent almost two months working for the American company, Publicize based largely around the Silicon Valley work culture. Also, at the beginning of the year I spent three days travelling through California. So I’ve learnt a thing or two about a culture I have never been interested in understanding.
But really, I should have been.
I’ve been here in Medellin for over a month but I still feel like I am seeing so many things for the first time. This city alone has so much history, so many communes, so much diversity and so many places to see.
However, by now I should be considered an expat local, right? I had some German friends visit me earlier this week and it was my job to show them around -you know, the local tour guide. But before I become too familiar with the place, I want to remember how exactly it impacted me on my first month.