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Medellín Travel Guide: Insider Advice from an American Expat in Colombia Kindle Edition

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"As the Co-ordinating Author of Lonely Planet Colombia (5th ed.), it is my pleasure to recommend David Lee's new guidebook to Medellin." -- Jens Porup, Author, Lonely Planet

"...the overriding aspect that makes this a book to buy is the warmth of David Lee as he shares his own experiences - like an old friend who acts as a reliable guide to give you first hand advice on how to enjoy the City of Eternal Spring." -- Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Reviewer,

From the Author

This book is the culmination of all I've learned since arriving in Medellín in 2009. I fell in love with the city instantly, and immediately decided to stay and build a life. I set out to write the kind of travel guide I wish existed back then, when I was still new to the city.

Over the years, I've written extensively about Medellín and Colombia, and answered hundreds, if not thousands of questions from curious travelers. I know the common questions and fears that surround people interested in visiting what was once considered "the most dangerous city in the world."

That's why I've put together this travel guide. It will make planning your visit to Medellín a lot easier, and help ensure you have a safe, fun visit.

Whether you're planning to stay a few days, a few months, or make a new home for yourself, the Medellín Travel Guide will save you time and money in Medellín, Colombia.

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  • File Size: 1176 KB
  • Print Length: 142 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: RTW Media; 1 edition (November 21, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 21, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,329 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Lee is a professional travel blogger who has visited 50 countries across 6 continents. Originally from New York, he left the United States in 2007 to embark on a 14-month trip around the world. He arrived in Medellín, Colombia in 2009 and immediately fell in love with the city. When not writing, he can be found salsa dancing, eating sushi, and practicing yoga.

David's travel advice and adventures have been featured on NBC, USA Today, BBC Travel, Lonely Planet, National Geographic, and He is an active member of the Society of American Travel Writers.

The "Medellín Travel Guide: Insider Advice from an American Expat in Colombia" is his first book.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
David Lee shares his knowledge of this Colombian city as an American ex-pat who has live there since 2009. In his words, `The truth is, no travel writer visiting a country can accurately get to know the ins and outs of its culture and nightlife within a few weeks, or even months. It takes an expat, a foreigner who has lived there for an extended time, to present trustworthy insights on the city and culture to those interested in visiting. I've been writing and promoting Medellín as a top South American destination for over three years. This guide contains my best advice across a range of topics, from how to stay safe and eat like a king, to where you'll find the best discotecas and the prettiest girls partying every weekend.'

Medellín is known as the City of the Eternal Spring. After years of offering advice on his blog about this city, he now puts into available words the ins and outs of planning a visit to this location - long feared as a dangerous spot - until Lee's advice. He begins with offering tips on when to visit, how to pack, visa rules, currency exchange (including use of ATMs and tipping etiquette!), local cell phone and internet service, safety tips, how to find medical and dental care, transportation the various neighborhoods and what they are best know for, hotels - how to find and book them, and then once settled in, what highlights of recreation (including salsa lessons, soccer, gyms, paragliding, etc), festivals, museums not to miss, sopping and of course the places to find the fines food at varying price levels. He even offers a section of Colombian words and phrases and who to say and respond to these.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By First Time Twins Mama on February 26, 2013
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Colombia is a rapidly changing country right now, especially for tourists. David Lee has lived as an expat in Medellin for the last three years, exploring the city and cultivating it as a top tourist destination on his blog, [...]

We've traveled all over the world and have found, much as David describes in his book, that traditional guidebooks are often only updated every few years, making them completely out of date for a place like Medellin which has so recently transformed into a hot spot of tourist activity in South America. David's guide offers readers an insider's look of Medellin, beyond just where to go and what to eat, but also when to visit, currency exchange and modern technology necessities like internet service and cell phone usage.

One of the best parts of traveling in Colombia is Colombian's joie de vivre. David doesn't disappoint here either, offering up tips on salsa lessons, soccer matches, adventure activities, nightlife experiences and festivals that are sure to help any traveler or expat capture a real taste of the culture. In every section you get a real understanding of how the culture works, how people meet, eat and enjoy life in Colombia- something that no traditional guidebook has captured yet. Sure, you'll get plenty of the basics on lodging and food, but more than that you'll get David's insider information on neighborhoods and culture which can make the difference between an ok trip and an amazing trip.

It's clear that David has spent a long time creating a guide that is not only informative and useful, but up to date and well thought out. It's got all the information you'd ask a native if you met them on your journey and even the answers to the questions you'd be afraid to ask on dating and sex.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By no on March 7, 2013
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I just bought and FLEW through this guide to Medellin. As a traveler turned expat here myself, i'm always disappointing in the lack of, or out of date, info on things to do in this city. David Lee has done an amazing job of covering many of the awesome things to do in and around Medellin.

I've been here for a year on and off, and had no idea there was Greek, Lebanese, or Indian food in Medellin!!!! (I know where I'm going next).

This is a comprehensive guide to the clubs, food, museums, and small towns to see around Medellin. I've learned about so many things I didn't know before. Medellin Travel Guide covers the cost of things (something many guidebooks I've found are royally out of date on), even the new metro stops in the south of the city!

Thank you David for finally making a guide to Medellin I can actually use!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JMB on February 19, 2013
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The author, David Lee, already created the most popular website (MedellinLiving dot com) on Medellin for travelers and expats. It is no surprise that he has also now written what I expect to become the greatest travel guide resource too. The book only contains information we all care about most. I say that to describe the way that the author has dissected the city to only present the most relevant information to travelers, rather than writing all of the information that many would not care about.

His guide on neighborhoods was especially helpful with specific data on apartments and long-term accommodations for travelers. It also laid out which neighborhoods I should be searching for my own apartment and which websites to use similar to Craigslist but specific to Colombia.

Also helpful was his nightlife guide. He explains how people go out which is much different than in the United States where bottles and tables are not so much the norm. When I used to live in Medellin one of the most frustrating aspects of going out was finding information on which bars and discos to visit and on which days. This guide has the most up to date listings with helpful descriptions of each place written to travelers like myself.

There are also sections on visas, finances, transportation, activities, etc. I wish this guide was around when I first visited Medellin, but now that it is, I will be referring to it for my next visit.
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