I spent close to 3 months traveling the length of Vietnam starting in the Mekong Delta in the south and heading north. The following are my notes and photos from that trip. Stops included Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta, Dalat, Nha Trang, Danang, Hue, Hoi An, Hanoi and Sapa.
By: Joseph Le
Listen closely to the lyrics. Try to absorb the culture by dancing all night long until your legs feel like jello and you're glistening with sweat. Then you will start to get a sense of the pain and the pleasure, the love and the loss ever-present throughout Latin America that is expressed beautifully through salsa music.
Previously I posted a top 10 reggaeton list that was popular. Some of you asked if I would do the same with salsa and so here it is. I also added some great bachata songs at the end because I love that style of dance as well.
By: Joseph Le
Previously I focused on my favorite restaurants in The Best of Medellin, Part 1 and Part 2. In my final installment of "The Best of Medellin" series, I move away from food and reveal the rest of my favorite spots!
BEST GYM - ULTRA WELLNESS CENTER AT THE CHARLEE HOTEL
My favorite gym in Medellin is located at the Charlee Hotel in Parque LLeras. It occupies 3 of their top floors and you can enjoy the stunning views over the Medellin valley while you work out.
By: Joseph Le
In my previous post, The Best of Medellin, Colombia - Part 1, I shared some of the restaurants in Medellin that I enjoy. Today I continue the list, revealing a few more of my favorites in beautiful Medellin.
10. Best Seafood Paella - Tapas 10
Great cuisine oftentimes has the ability to bring you back to a certain time and place. When I have excellent Spanish food, it transports me back to my days living in Barcelona when I was spoiled by the amazing tapas bars, the deceivingly potent sangria and the best seafood paella in the world. Fortunately you won't need to fly all the way to Barcelona to sample the cuisine because there's a slice of Spain right in the middle of Poblado called Tapas 10.
If you're not paying close attention, you'll walk right past this tiny place like I did many times. Although it's known as a tapas restaurant, I go there for one reason only...their seafood paella! Not only is it delicious but very reasonably priced as well. The paella lunch special pictured below only costs around $10,000 COP. Wash it down with a glass of their house sangria.
If you spend any time in Latin America you are bound to hear some Reggaeton music. It will be playing at the clubs, at house parties, in restaurants, in taxis and even in the streets. It originates from Puerto Rico and Panama and is a hybrid of many different musical genres including Latin merengue, bomba, Spanish reggae, Latin hip hop, Latin rap, salsa and electronic dance music. It has a heavily percussive beat called "Dem Bow" which comes from Trinidad's "Soca" music. I love listening to it and it's fun to dance to. Here's the list of my top 10 favorite reggaeton jams.
By: Joseph Le
After living for over a year in Medellin, I was often asked where my favorite places were in town. Well, I have a pretty long list of recommendations so I've decided to break it up over several posts. The first couple posts will cover my favorite restaurants. After that I'll get into nightlife and some other fun categories. For today's list I'll start off with the basic staples...burgers, ribs, pizza, wings, etc.
So without further adieu, here are some my favorite restaurants in Medellin. Agree, disagree, or have anything to add? Let me know in the comments section!
10. Best Burger - Barbacoa Burger & Beer
This is by far my favorite burger in town. They also have a great selection of beers as well. The restaurant is located in Envigado so it's a bit of a hike from Poblado but well worth the effort.
Insider's Tip: If you're looking for something sweet with your burger, they have superb milkshakes. My favorite's the vanilla.
Barbocoa Burger & Beer
Address: Carrera 44A #30 Sur 23 - Envigado
Price range: 10,000 - 20,000 COP
In Colombia, every time you purchase merchandise, goods and services there is a 16% value-added tax (IVA) included in the cost.
If you are a tourist, you can get this tax refunded to you at the airport before departing the country.
Here is what you need to know:
How To Get A Student Visa in Medellin, Colombia
Medellín is not only a great place to live but it's also an excellent city to study Spanish in. The Spanish spoken in Colombia is widely considered to be some of the purest and easiest to understand. This past June my six month tourist visa was expiring and I needed to obtain a different visa type in order to stay. I was already interested in improving my Spanish as well so a student visa seemed to be the best option. For some reason, I have a curious fascination with the visa process and have ended up writing a lot about visa extensions on my blog. Previously, I wrote about the current requirements for tourist visa extensions in Medellín, why I had to leave the country once, and my 12 hour border hopping run to Venezuela in order to extend a visa.
After coming home from work each day, you probably clear out your mailbox, first throwing away all the annoying advertisements and junk mail, then flipping through the bills, and finally leaving a big pile on a table somewhere with the intentions of opening them as soon as you get some free time...which never comes.
What if I told you for the last 2 years, I have not needed to throw away one piece of junk mail, have hardly handled any mail myself, and have not even had to go to a bank to deposit checks for that matter.
How did I go about doing that you ask? Keep reading and I will show you how to lead a virtually paperless existence using the services of Virtual Post Mail (VPM).
The small town of San Gil is known as Colombia's adventure sports capital. Don't be fooled by it's small size though, there is plenty to do here including activities such as white water rafting, mountain biking, trekking and caving. But even if you are not a big outdoor adventure sports fan, you can still spend a day walking the streets and enjoying the town's great restaurants followed by an afternoon (and evening) sipping wine in the town square.