Day 1.022 – Stuffed Boobs and Plucked Eyebrows (UK)
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As the photos of today will tell, it’s no surprise that I spent all day touring many of Medellín’s sights and sounds.
The impressive and state-of-the-art Metro system, Parque Berrío with many of Fernando Botero’s famous and chubby sculptures, Museo de Antióquia (which surprisedly was free of charge thanks to the local mayor who pays for all museum entries until mid-Feb. Muchas gracias!), Iglesia Ermita de la Veracruz (not worthy of a photo), Parque San Antonio (ditto), Parque de Bolívar (with the brick Catedral Metropolitana) and lots of city life made up most of my daylight hours today.
Medellín is a modern, bustling, up-and-go city with a proud and easy-going population of about 2.5 mio. people. As any big city the contrast between the have’s and the have-not’s is great and I see many sad existences lying around, ragged and obviously homeless between the fashionable high-heels primadonnas with stuffed boobs and eyebrows plucked and altered out of all recognition (all of which I find a trifle disturbing).
It’s a great, great day. For me there’s hardly any better way of approaching and getting aquainted with a new city, than simply just walk around, following your instincts and marching to your own drums. The Medellín feel-good factor ranks high on the list of great cities on the WT-journey.