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We’ve been hearing about Jardín, Colombia, practically since the day we moved to Medellin. We had a picture in our minds of a fantastic old colonial square with a huge and striking cathedral and brightly painted, neat-as-a-pin colonial-era homes, all set against a stunning Andes backdrop of near-vertical mountains sporting every hue of green you can imagine. That’s exactly what we found on our recent three-night visit to Jardin, and then some. We’re in love with Jardín, and we can’t wait to go back! Jardín Factoids Jardín is one of 17 Pueblos Patrimonios, historical colonial towns that are the best examples of the country’s cultural heritage. Many publications list Jardín as the most beautiful town in the department of Antioquia. So far, we agree! The dominant feature of Parque Principal – in fact, the whole city of Jardín – is the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, a National Monument…

As we look forward to another adventurous year, it’s fun to look back and see which of our posts resonated the most with our readers over the past 12 months. In no particular order, here’s the top-10 list of our most-viewed posts of 2019. (Note that these were most-viewed posts this year, although some of them have pre-2019 publication dates.) On behalf of the Latitude Adjustment team, we want to say THANK YOU for visiting, reading, and leaving comments. Here’s wishing you all a a healthy, prosperous, and adventure-filled 2020! Reflections on an Expat Year  With this post, we got reminded that our readers really like information about the expat experience. What’s it like to pull up roots and leave all that’s familiar. How to cover the basics: getting legal residency, securing a rental, getting healthcare. Tackling language and finding a comfort zone. https://latitudeadjustmentblog.com/2019/12/14/reflections-on-one-year-in-medellin-colombia/ Best of Madrid Boy, did we…

People ask us: “What’s it like to spend Christmas in Colombia?” Now that we’re finally spending the whole month of December here, we’re getting a broader picture of that most festive month of the year. And we’re having a great time! Here are our random thoughts and impressions about Colombian customs and traditions for Navidad. The Alumbrados (Christmas Lights) are Spectacular Colombia is known all over the world for its elaborate Christmas lighting displays, and Medellín really goes all out. This year, we had a chance to visit three different sites around Medellín where the Alumbrados are glowing their brightest: Parque Norte, Parques del Rio, and Sabaneta. Here are some of our photo highlights. You can click on one of the photos to view them one by one. Little Candles with Lots of Heart There’s nothing like the glow of candle light to create a festive, peaceful holiday mood. It…

We first visited Comuna 13 in Medellín, Colombia back in July 2016. That was well before we made the decision to relocate here from Boquete, Panama. (Click here for our original blog post about Comuna 13.) Ever since that first visit, we have been captivated by the story of this transformed barrio, which has become one of the top must-see-and-do attractions in Medellín. In a coming blog post, we’ll write about our favorite things to see and do in Medellín, including some off-the-beaten-path activities that most tourists don’t know about. A real turnaround story Our previous post goes into the history and details of Comuna 13, or, more precisely, the barrio of San Javier. At the height of the narco-terrorist era, this neighborhood was once one of the city’s most dangerous. Murder, drugs, and violent crime were rampant. Military interventions in 2002 succeeded in removing violent paramilitary groups and laid…

Is it really possible that we’ve been here for a year? On Nov. 22, 2018, we moved to Medellín, Colombia after living in Boquete, Panama for 3.5 years. Our one-year milestone seems like a good time to pause and reflect on what we’ve learned, what we love/don’t love about our adopted home, and what advice we’d give anyone thinking about the expat life in Colombia’s second-largest city. And it’s also fun to see how far we’ve come since we posted our three-month check-in last February.  Here are the things we love the most after one year in this colorful, modern city on the go.  1. Medellín has the friendliest people on the planet.  With just a few exceptions, each encounter we’ve had with a Colombiano has been warm and helpful. Get on a crowded elevator, and just about everyone will say “Buenos días.” Same goes for folks sitting in a…

New Year’s resolutions are so tiresome, aren’t they? More often than not, they’re about punishing yourself for last year’s behavior. “I ate too much last year – gotta lose weight.” “I drank too much – time to cut back.” (We’re working our way through an alcohol-free January, but that’s another story.) So instead of resolutions, we have a wish list for 2016. It’s all of the fun things we never got around to last year, and all of the fun things we want to plan for this year. The operative word here is FUN.

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