Medellin Morning and Cúcuta Arrival

Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Medellin & Cucuta, Colombia
We did not have any scheduled visits this morning, as we were flying to Cúcuta in a few short hours, but we had plenty of office work to keep us busy. The internet has not been great at this hotel in Medellin, so it slows up the work process. We ate a small breakfast, packed our luggage and started to do some office work. Jaime F. came by to see us, to talk about plans for Medellin, to let us know that he hopes to get everyone in Medellin together at his house soon, and to say that he really appreciated us coming and seeing all of them. We talked for an hour and then it was almost lunch time.

We ate an early lunch because we had to be ready at 2 PM for the airport transport . We ate out on the terrace again. I had the Chicken Quesadillas as they were so good last night. While we were waiting for our food, I took the opportunity to take pictures of people working in Colombia. The terrace is slightly elevated--about 6 feet--so that gave me a great view of the hundreds of people walking by.  

I took several photos and I will include them here and below. There is such a wide cross section of workers in Medellin--from well-to do businessmen to very, very poor people trying to eek out a living selling gum on the street. One of the things that impressed me the most was the heavy loads that people carry here to do their business. I have never been to down town New York City, but I wonder if life there is at all similar to this huge city of 4 million people.

After lunch, we collected our luggage and met the transport driver in the lobby. He regularly transports people for the hotel. We had a very relaxing drive to the airport . He had a newer air-conditioned car. This is not so with other taxi drivers. When you call for a taxi, or when you hail one on the street, you just never know what kind a driver or car you will get. Some times you are praying the whole time that you will not have an accident as he is driving so rapidly. Some times you are praying that the car will make it to your destination as it is rattling and creaking, or the shocks are shot. Other times, you have a friendly gentleman that will fill you in on the history of the city or point out interesting places. It is like a box of chocolates; you just don't always know what you will get.

We arrived in Cúcuta without any problems on this flight. Yeah! We collected our luggage--my bag was the last one on the belt, but at least it came. We hailed a taxi for the short 10 minute ride from the airport to the hotel. We checked in and unpacked our clothes and other things. We have done this so much, that it is becoming routine for us. We each know what the other is going to unpack, etc.

We checked for messages to see if there was any from our contacts in Cúcuta. There was nothing urgent, so we went to eat in the hotel restaurant. After dinner, we asked if there was a nearby store to buy water. There was and it was only around the corner and down half a block. How convenient!
We came back to the hotel and I worked on my blog and prepared for a busy day tomorrow.