Pics of Day: Funny Signs
October 3rd, 2011
While cruising the streets of Medellin we see plenty of signs that make us laugh; whether they are funny by accident or by design, the result is always the same. Here are a few of the best that we’ve seen:
These super sexy undergarments, called Fajas, are all the rage in Colombia. Note how you can choose which ''asset'' you'd like to enhance.
Speaking of assets, take care of those hemorrhoids with NewAss! Colombians are very blunt, and so are their product names.
This bathroom is specifically for women with holes in their torso.
Although there are many wonderful details on this cart, we really like the smog bit at the bottom.
What's a Japy Niu Yiar? That's Happy New Year spelled phonetically with Spanish sounds.
God posted several posters similar to these around the city giving good advice to his creations. This one says "If you're going to drink, don't drive...even I won't be waiting for you. God"
Pics of the Week: Tropical Flowers
September 26th, 2011
Thanks to Medellin’s tropical climate, we are constantly seeing bizarre tropical flowers that look as if they came from some fantasy world. Most of them can be found in the city’s fabulous Botanical Gardens. Here are some of our favorites; our apologies in advance for not knowing what any of them are called!
This crazy flower looks like an artichoke on an acid trip.
We're convinced that these flowers are straight out of the movie Avatar.
We don't even know where to begin in describing this flower!
Same goes for this guy, we think they're related.
This electric pink flower is certainly appealing to the butterflies.
These fuzzy flowers come in just about every shade of red, pink, yellow and orange. They are happiness in flower form.
Pics of the Week: Exotic Fruits
September 19th, 2011
Colombia is home to a great variety of exotic fruits that we had never seen before. One of our favorite tours to give is the fruit tasting tour because it’s so much fun to see our guests reactions to the various foreign fruits. The following photos are of some of the fruit all-stars.
This colorful fruit has a similar flavor to passion fruit and is great for people who want some tanginess in their lives.
This mildly sweet fruit is known here as Pitayah, and dragon fruit in Asia. It's one of the rarest and most expensive fruits here because each one takes months to grow and ripen.
This frightening looking fruit is called Guanabana, one of the most fun words to say in Spanish!
The fruit in the tan bowl is Guanabana pulp (pictured above). The fruit with the orange shell filled with what looks to be fish eyes is granadilla and is one of our favorites. The white fruit with black dots is the aforementioned Pitayah. The bright orange fruit is Zapote and has the texture of a ripe mango with the flavor of cantalope.
Mangostino is our favorite fruit here, perhaps because it's one of the few fruits that isn't available year-round. Due to its limited availability it is the most expensive fruit in the markets, but arguably worth every peso!
Pics of the Week: Churches Galore!
September 12th, 2011
You can’t go to South America without seeing churches, churches, churches everywhere. Medellin is no exception; below are some of the more notable churches that can be found downtown.
Iglesia de la Veracruz is one of Medellin’s oldest churches. The original structure was completed in 1712 and was demolished and rebuilt nearly 100 years later.
La Catedral Metropolitana de Medellín is the largest brick church in the Americas.
Construction on La Catedral Metropolitana began in 1890 and took 40 years to complete.
French Architect, Charles Émile Carré, designed the cathedral.
Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús was completed in 1930.
Pics of the Day: Futboooooooool!!!!!!!
September 9th, 2011
We have the great fortune of being a 5 minute walk from the local futbol stadium, so we love to attend the games with our guests. You haven’t truly experienced Colombia until you’ve seen their futbol fans in action. Their spirit and dedication puts all fans in the United States to shame. Football fans sport body paint. Futbol fans show their commitment with tattoos. BIG ONES.
This past Sunday we went to one of the first futbol games of the season; check out our pictures below to get an idea of what it’s like to attend a game with the fanaticos!
These giant police horses are a fixture at every futbol game. We secretly want to become mounted policemen just to have one of these gorgeous creatures to call our own.
These peace-keeping Robocops can also be found at every soccer game. Here they are making sure the Cali fans are behaving themselves.
We sat with the "fanaticos" on the northern side of the stadium. The view of the valley from the stadium is gorgeous.
Our fellow "fanaticos" sang and danced for the duration of the game. They're a fun bunch, but when their team scores a goal, run for cover!