Impressed by Medellín - The City of Eternal Spring
Like many before us we suspected we too would fall in love with Medellin. After all, all of our research on Medellin described this city in a really, really positive light. And in the process we were unable to find one negative thing about the place. But how were we to truly know until we arrived here ourselves.
I would describe Medellin as a paradise. In our heavily mainstream society it is the simplest things, that have stood out to be the real gems of life here.
1. Climate & Weather
The name says it all! Medellin is also known as “La Ciudad de la primavera eterna” The City of Eternal Spring. Because spring weather lasts all year round here. The temperature here is such a wonderful balance that it does not get too hot nor too cold and you can easily live without an air conditioner or heater. WHAT A DREAM right?
Medellin is a city located in a valley in the Andes Mountains about 4,905 feet (1495m) above sea level. And it’s because of that elevation that the temperature and climate is so perfect as it offsets the tropical temperature you would otherwise get being so close to the equator. It’s therefore a blessing also because humidity is not an issue here.
The weather here is sunny most of the time and when it rains it doesn’t last very long. In fact, it’s quite a nice refreshing break.
2. Fruit & Vegetables
Coming from New Zealand I must admit I grew up thinking our produce was the best in the world. However, the produce grown here is so nutrient rich that the fruits and vegetable taste so, divine. So, decadent. Who would have thought I would be describing foods such as the common cucumber and carrot in such high esteem!
Would you believe that something so good would also be available in abundance and incredibly affordable. Take for example the three following fruits; Tamarillos, Passionfruit and Avocados. They just happened to be my favourites too!!
Fruit, Price in Colombia, VS Price in NZ per kilogram
Tamarillos <$1 VS $24
Passionfruit <$1 VS $29
Avocado <$3 VS $8-$18
3. The People
The people of Medellin are known as Paisas. They have strong respectful characters and when you live in paradise it’s no surprise that you’re generally a much happier person and so, everyone here is very nice. We have felt very welcomed here and although we speak little Spanish they have been more than understanding.
When you’re out and about in New Zealand people tend to keep to themselves, in fact avoiding interaction with other humans beings is common nature and i’m sure that’s probably the culture now in many places all over the world. But here, whenever you pass by someone, you are greeted and greet back. It’s so lovely! It’s like happiness is contagious right?
These of course are just a few reasons why we are so impressed with Medellin. They certainly provide a strong foundation for falling in love with the place and what makes Medellin such a paradise!