Yesterday at 5 am, we left Chicago O'Hare and boarded a plane to Miami. Everything went as planned -No mistakes, no hiccups. We arrived in Miami, walked 20 gates away, grabbed a sandwich and walked on a new Airbus and landed in Medellin to the applause of the locals on board 6 hours and 5 minutes later. That is how things are supposed to work. We breezed through customs, our luggage was waiting neatly stacked in rows, and we bought a liter of rum at the Duty free shop for $12 and went to but flights to Santa Marta later in the week. Luckily, a young girl knew enough English and we went through the process, paid her 860,000 pesos and we were booked for two night in Santa Marta leaving July 3rd. We grabbed a cab and took a fast winding drive down the mountain and arrived in front of our condo which would serve as our base for the next couple of weeks.
Our last condo in El Ploblado was in a quiet neighborhood where we felt removed from the city. This one is older and more in the middle of the action. We are still in El Ploblado but next to lower income and closer to the Centro. We are 27 floors up and the views are amazing but we have many neighbors. We had two maids in the condo trying to explain our washer was being repaired so we dropped our bags and took a cab to Park Lleras. After a $3.00 USD taxi, we bought a bottle of Aguila beer and a water and walked around the main park area. We walked a circle around the general area, had a beer the Harley Saloon and went back to a restaurant where we had watched a soccer game two years earlier. We got wings and a huge mocoheta and two margaritas and talked through what we wanted to do with this trip.
We left and taxi back to the condo and then left again for the supermarket - Carulla . It was an impressive store - 24 hours, clean, neat, everything from flowers to booze and everything in between. We bought $130 USD worth of groceries, taxied back, had a couple cocktails and made spaghetti dinner with different tools and different ingredients. We bought many of the normal things - vegetables, bread, eggs, spices but struggles with ground pork and never found zip lock bags, it was relatively minor in the scheme of things.