My trip to Medellin Colombia was fairly uneventful. The best advice I can give is not to fly through Paris’s very own incompetent Charles De Gualle Airport. What a sorry ass bunch of security clowns they have there. Almost makes the TSA look like geniuses. The fact that I had flown through the middle east sent the first security guard into a panic and she called the supervisor. Then the supervisor went all crazy because I only had a one way ticket to Colombia. He insisted that I buy another ticket or he wouldn’t let me board the plane. What a retard!!!! What are you going to do, keep me in your country? Fortunately the ticket sales girl had enough sense about her to issue me a fully refundable ticket because I didn’t and was just about ready to punch these retards in the face. They had obviously never left the NAZI EU.
Flying into Medellin Colombia
My flight into Medellin Colombia was smooth and the customs agents in Medellin were friendly… and did not care if I had a departure ticket or not. In case any of those French fuck-tards ever read this, NOBODY CARES ABOUT ONE WAY TICKETS. Believe it or not, that still doesn’t get it off my chest. It was a week ago.
Anyways, the walk through the Jose Maria Cordova Airport (MDE) was about as straight forward as they come. The only thing that caught me as odd was that they actually checked my luggage turn in tags and took them from me as I passed through security which was quick and easy. The airport is relatively small and the process streamlined. Nobody speaks english, but as long as you can tell them you’re a tourist and how long you plan to be in the country you should be fine. Maybe type the answer to those questions in Google Translate and print out the responses before you fly if you speak absolutely no spanish, but I will say that Colombia might not be for someone who speaks absolutely no spanish. The airport is about 40 minutes from Medellin.
There aren’t an overwhelming number of gringos here in Medellin Colombia, but still enough for the neighborhood of Poblado to be referred to as Gringolandia. Most of the Gringos that are here are well travelled and not making asses of themselves, which I appreciate. That’s right, the secret service is not in town.
Other Pertinent Notes about Medellin
A thousand Colombian Pesos currently goes for about 60 cents US and the infrastructure in Medellin is great. I have great internet, potable water, reliable transportation via taxis and a great subway. Cell phone SIMs are kind of a pain for the iPhone, but the network seems pretty reliable and seem to be priced reasonably. Tigo’s cellular internet is 45.000 COP (about 25 USD) for one month of up to 2 GB. This is prepaid of course. In order to activate the internet you have to send a text message to the provider and it may take a couple hours to kick in. I’ll get more as I think of more. Feel free to ask questions if you have them.
Cell internet is not unlimited, but I still haven’t really figured out what the limit is.