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Made it "Home" to Medellín

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The trip from LA to Medellín was a nightmare and a great introduction to what we will experience going forward. We were delayed an hour out of LA so we knew we would miss our connection to Medellin in Fort Lauderdale. They gave us a choice to stay in LA or press on and we opted to just get going. So we left LA at 10 pm PST and got into Fort Lauderdale at 3 am PST, 6 am EST. In LA they told us there wasn't a way to get to Medellin in the same day - everything was solid out. But not being one to be deterred by bad news, I asked again in Fort Lauderdale and lo and behold they figured it out. The flew us to Bogota and then put us on Avianca, a Colombian carrier to do a domestic flight into Medellín. Of course, in Bogota it couldn't go too smoothly and we had to visit three different counters to get it straightened out but we got here. We got up at 6:30 am PST yesterday to get everything done and Scott hasn't slept since. 39 hours later he is finally in a comfortable bed in a wonderful little hotel in a fabulous neighborhood in Medellín. I slept a bit so here I am putting it all to paper.

Yesterday was a whirlwind. We started out the day with me doing laundry and Scott shipping off our final possessions to my mom and the girls. Then we regrouped and packed our backpacks. Over and over and over again until it all fit. I gave away so much stuff to the staff of the Embassy Suites it was hysterical! Everything from coolers and beach chairs to shoes and clothes to bottles of Tequila and shaving cream. I just do really hate to throw things away! Then it was off to CarMax to sell Ruby. I thought we would be more affected by that but 23,008 miles later...

...we both just walked away. There was too much to do to stop and think about it. Everything we now own is with us in two backpacks and two day packs. Wish us luck!

Finally we had to Uber to the post office to finish last business and then to the airport where the above ordeal began.

And I'm so glad we made it. I honestly feel like we're home again. My Spanish isn't good enough but as usual the locals are friendly and willing to be patient. The girl at the hotel just realized she had to speak very slowly and then she complemented me on my Spanish! I told her I can understand a lot more than I can speak as long as she talks "mas despues" (more slowly). The guy at the bar I asked about how to take the bus and Metro to our walking tour tomorrow decided it would be easier just to get the guy from the barber across the street that speaks English. It's just how it works down here. And especially here where we might have seen six other non-Colombians all night. I don't get the feeling they get many "gringos" here and that makes us an oddity and, in a way, I think they feel a bit proprietary over us and look out for us. Don't get me wrong. We had some fun in LA (check out our Instagram and Facebook posts from the last week) but every time we spent $50 on lunch or $175 on a hotel it just irritated us.

And then we got "home". Here, we went to the ATM when we got here and got out 300,000 Colombian pesos, about 95 USD. We proceeded to buy our Sim cards (6 USD), get data plans (20 USD), have lunch (5 USD), take a 45 minute taxi ride from the airport (25 USD), have a few beers (8 USD), and have a pizza with a beer and two glasses of wine (17 USD with tip) and we have about 15 USD left over. We spent 125 USD in one night the first night we got to LA for four drinks, two salads, and bruschetta! Our early retirement budget just does not include the US and truthfully I'm glad. There is so much to see out here in this big world and Medellín is going to be a great starting place. It is beautiful, clean, green, friendly, city and we can't wait to explore it.

I suppose I may have more of these ramblings in with the typical here's what we did and here's what we saw posts going forward. We're back on the road and I want to be able to look back someday and not only remember where we were but what we felt. Hope you enjoy the ride, dear readers.

Posted by mrb430 18:18 Archived in Colombia

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Love you guys to the moon and back and Kat and I are living vicariously through both of you.
Off to see Tedeschi Trucks Band at Warner Friday night then Ihave a surprise of great seat Next Tuesday night for Michael Bubble.
We leave for Chicago for a week on Thursday, Kat has biz and I’m just gonna F off.... Lol
Miss you two more than you’ll ever know 😘😘❤️❤️

by Scott Wilkie

Sounds like you two are having fun and keeping busy. We miss you too!

by mrb430

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