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Like Occupy OAKLAND

Here in Medellin the students left the campuses and they were righteous in their indignation.  On the way to El Centro and la Parque de las Luces they picked up a few of the nasties who like to break windows.  That was the sum of it here.  Then they went back to their campuses and stomped and wrote more signs.  

And just like Occupy Oakland they had a cause that is important.  The farmers and farm workers are taking it in the neck, and promises from the government are going unfulfilled.  They need some sort of subsidy (like American farmers all get) to offset the new trade restrictions and the centuries of unfair trade practices with the US.  They need protection from Farc where Farc still holds sway and they need reasonable replacements for their ilicit cash crops, replacements plus a cash buffer to help them over the transition.
So, in spite of the whiff of tear gas from yesterday things are again the beautiful normal here.  And it's a beautiful Saturday.  And I'm off to buy t…

FARMERS LIFT ROADBLOCKS- GOOD NEWS

http://colombiareports.co/colombian-farmers-announce-lift-roadblocks/

but we have to see if the rock throwing crowds go home in the cities.  Starting to quiet down, but we;ll see over the weekend.


TROUBLE in COLOMBIA

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/08/30/uk-colombia-protests-idUKBRE97T0HJ20130830

Small scale rock throwing and running in the streets by small gangs of kids so far here in Medellin, but the problem runs deep and is largely inspired by poor price and wage controls on the farmers.  The major effects are blocking of roads in rural areas and on the main artery between the three major cities.  The universities (surprise) are centers of protests in the cities, and there are sympathy work stoppages by professors and students and truck drivers.

LOOKS like OCCUPY in Oakland... both are important happenings but sometimes get outta hand.

The bottom causes reminds one of NAFTA problems as Colombia enters free trade agreements with the US especially for farm products.  Also at the base is , to some extent, the War on Drugs and the US "Plan Colombia" aimed at the small producers of ilicit drugs as cash crops in the border areas.


FARC INVOLVED????  Maybe... but they are really losing any …

A VERY COOL COMMERCIAL VIDEO ON THE FLOWER FESTIVAL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0ePuK_xero

How the Silletero displays are put togetjher in Santa Elena and presented during the International Feria de las Flores in beautiful Medellin.

THE MUSIC FESTIVAL OF MEDELLIN

First of all, it seems like there is always a music festival or arts fest of some kind going on here in Medellin.  Sometimes I can't keep track, that's why I love David's Blog.  Anyway we have had the Electronic Music Festival, the Music during the Feria de las Flores, the Poetry Festival, Colombiamoda, Tango ... well now there's the BIGTIME Festival, 

http://www.spiderdm.com/clientes/filarmonica/fimm2012/


I think that this would be a great mechanism through which to get my favorite Bay Area groups down here.

Like RT is $650, best hotel rooms are $59-100, fine accomodation can be had for $20/nt, food etc ... inexpensive.  Well Maybe PME and QSF  would consider this for next year or 2015.  NO VISA NECESSARY, the water is cool and clean from the Andes.  Very little smoking here.  

Dunno... I'll put it to them.  Of course PME just got back from CUBA...and maybe this (while being IMHO a totally different experience) might be too much Latin America.  Dunno.

Could you imagine…

ride the metrocable

ANOTHER WEBSITE FOR MEDELLIN LOVERS

Another great website for Medellin Lovers...

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=578445438883238&set=a.223126381081814.57003.191812040879915&type=1&theater

Flash slowly through the photos...  dare I say that they are better than moine???   Uhhh yup.

MEDELLIN FOTOS #2 (and one of Berkeley that slipped in).

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Hmmmm where the heck is this???
El Poblado from Pueblito Paisa, Medellin
                                            Santa Fe Mall, MEDELLIN


at Parque Explora, kids Physics hands on museum..
on the Metro, Medellin


                                           Plants for Sale, Biblioteca EPM, Medellin


                                      MetroCable Station, San Antonio, Medellin



 A particularly vertiginous section... the cars are absolutely steady and feel secure...



                                         Metrocable turnaround




                                  My Street, Laureles, MEDELLIN



                                                 El Acuario, MEDELLIN

                                           The Aquarium in Parque Explora


                               Deluge at Jardin Botanico



RANDOM PHOTOS OF MEDELLIN #1

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Oil Painting of Medellin at Night on display at EPM Library

Jardin Botanico on a Sunday Afternoon

Marti, Larry and Beatriz  at Parque Explora

Papa Noel, Dec 2012
Salsa Medellin
Parque El Poblado Church




El Poblado Construction

Ad  for Flower Festival
Panchita
Morning Assembly
Alpujarra
Typical fruit stand in Parque de las Luces
Entry to covered market...look at the woodworked architecture of this former townhouse.
Maybe tomorrow...

Fair fotos.. collection

WONDERFUL BLOG from DAVID LEE

http://www.ytravelblog.com/16-insider-travel-tips-for-medellin-colombia/

Great articles, beautiful fotos... great comments from readers.  Highly recommended by me!

SIXTEEN TRAVEL TIPS is really maybe over a hundred...  and David throws bi-weekly parties for his expat and touring Gringo readers.


THE WEATHER RIGHT NOW

It's like this all year, every season is springtime in Medellin.  We're near the equator but we're almost a mile high in a breezy Andean valley .
https://www.google.com.co/search?q=weather+medellin+colombia+10+day&rlz=2CASMAD_enCO0537CO0537&oq=we&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j69i59j69i60j0l2j69i61.2598j0&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

So weather is never a concern here.  The rainstorms that are shown for the last few nights have been in the middle of the night freshening everything up.


So if you want to come do not worry about heat or cold.  There ain't none.  You might need a light jacket in the evening.

EL CENTRO and the GRINGO LOOK

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It has a bite 24 hours per day.  The bite after 7 PM can become the worst day in your life.  The bite during the day is the excitement of the center city.  It's action all the time.  

I found this article about El Centro, Medellin, and of course I asked myself if there are places like this in Paris...YES, New York...YES,  the BAY AREA, absolutely...places that hummmmm and shout but where you feel the edge of poverty, desperation, criminality and at the same time coolness and hope and a willingness to please.

http://colombiareports.co/welcome-to-my-home-downtown-medellin/

Many gringos don't venture into El Centro, but it has easy access by Metro and it has some of the oldest neighborhoods in the city with architecture on a grand old scale to match.  It is the banking center and has most of the traditional International style office buildings.  You also see most police per unit area there.

I'll try to find the reference, but someone offers tours of El Centro with the catch phras…