The Christmas Lights of Medellin

The lights don't escape anyone during the Chrismas holidays. Paisas (the gracious people of Medellin) are BIG into Christmas lights.

Colombia is "Mega Diverse."

A snippet of music, captured while walking through the park:

This year the spectacular Parque Norte lighting exhibit celebrates the biodiversity of Colombia.

Colombia is "Mega Diverse," as the sign says.

There are more species of orchids and birds than any other country in the world.

The number of species of plants, amphibians, butterflies and fresh water fish, outnumber every country except Brazil (a country seven times larger than Colombia).

There are more species of palm trees and reptiles here than in every country but two.

Similarly, mammals are more diverse here than in all but three countries.

Fun fact about the Colombian mammal the anteater: they're called "ant bears" (osos hormigueros).

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Parade of Myths and Legends

Welcome to the Myths and Legends Parade 2018 (Medellin, December, 2018)
“Desfile de Mitos y Leyendas” December 8, 2018

People were packed tight in El Centro the night of the parade -super tight, like U.S.-football-stadium-when-the-game-is-over tight. And the paisas (people from Antioquia/Medellin area), and my group of ex-pats, were polite and noticeably not drunk (so completely unlike a U.S. football- stadium-when-the-game-is-over). 

Brass during the parade.

The paraders got right up in the faces of the watchers, shot water at us, and played all kinds of latin marching band music. The crowd went wild for all the action the parade brought. 

Dancing zombies at the Myths and Legends Parade in Medellin, Dec. 2018
The vampire dancers had their own band.
Sad Ghoul at the Myths and Legends parade in Medellin, El Centro
The Ghouls!

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Traditional Colombian Music

You’ll miss Cabana Del Recuerdo in Envigado if you’re not watching out for it. It’s one of many businesses in the neighborhood along Caldas-Envigado (Cl. 38 Sur).

A single step inside and whoa…..where are we again? Who are you guys?

Traditional musicians at Cabana Del Recuerdo in December 2018

Eight or nine musicians come in and out of the group, sometimes for a song or two (one time with a beautiful hand-made harp), sometimes for the duration. 

I heard songs are about love and saw friends together, people on dates and men having genuine non-sexual caring friendships. What the fork?  Hugs, not back slaps. It’s  going to take me a while to get used to seeing this flavor of humanity.

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A City of Lights

Envigado starts to give Christmas a full frontal embrace in November.

The commitment starts with lights like I’ve never seen. Streets are shut down for vendors. It’s all about the holidays from now until sometime in January.

the lights and colors in Envigado's Parque Principal in Early December 2018 are amazing

Envigado’s Parque Principal in Early December 2018

They shut down a street adjacent to the parque for holiday vendors: food, jewelry, bunuelos, candles: all your holiday needs.

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