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
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
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.
Medellin Morning and Cúcuta Arrival
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Medellin & Cucuta, Colombia