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Medellin is a beautiful and flourishing city. 20 years ago it was heavily influenced by the cocaine industry and it's infamous leader Pablo Escobar. It has done a wonderful job rebuilding it's image.
My first impression was simply that the city seemed huge. After all, it's located in a very remote geographical area, surrounded entirely by mountains, the city itself sits almost a mile high in elevation.
Almost as iconic as Pablo is the Medellin Metro, which is the pride and joy of Paisa's (locals of Medellin). More on that later, but after arriving at the bus station from Cartagena it was a pleasant, cheap, and impeccably clean form of transportation that got me to my first hostel The Wandering Paisa! I spent the next week in this area (Estadio) and enjoyed the proximity to the nightlife, restaurants, and soccer stadium!