10 things I learned in Medellin
Posted on January 17, 2017
Antioquia is a northern section of Colombia in which Medellin is located. The people from this region are known as paisa. They take pride in their work ethic and have the mentality that they are better than others because of their lineage.
The Antioquia area has a very mountainous terrain. The people here literally do “hills” all day. I think that’s why they have such nice derrieres.
The Colombian Peso (COP) is the official currency of the country. $3 COP is worth $1 USD… Compared to the U.S., things cost a lot less.
Faucets are marked with C (caliente= hot) and F (frio= cold). While taking my first shower in Latin America, I couldn’t figure out why things were getting so steamy! Turns out I was using the C knob instead of the F.
4. Aguardiente is a popular Latin America liquor. It tastes like licorice and has 24%–29% alcohol content. It’s usually taken in shots. I learned my lesson.
5. Most toilets request for users to dispose of “tainted” toilet paper into small trash cans beside the toilet. Flushing it may cause backups.
6. Medellin is the second largest city in Colombia.
Medellin is known as the City of Eternal spring and is #2 in flower production, next to the Netherlands.
The average shoe size in Medellin is considerably smaller than that of the U.S.. I found it difficult to find my size (8.5). If you wear anything bigger, good luck!
Coffee beans are made from cherry pits.