Posted by: Sarah | August 15, 2007

Culture, rather than cocaine, attracts media attention…

Some of the most positive news coverage about Colombia that I’ve seen, the NYT provides an excellent coverage of this Colombian city that I fell in love with this past year. After countless discussions revolving around how much influence media have on the perception that “outsiders” have of a country, I get goosebumps when I stumble across positive news that is being spread about Colombia. It’s a small step, but a step in the right direction nonetheless.


But Medellín’s transformation may be most apparent at night. During the cocaine days, those who ventured onto the city’s lifeless, grid-like streets after hours encountered a Wild West showdown of trigger-happy capos. Now, cafes and bars spill onto the sidewalks, lending a festive and carefree vibe to the balmy evenings. Sprawling nightclubs draw thousands with thumping Latin music that keeps the young crowd dancing until dawn.

On a recent Thursday night at the popular Mango’s (Carrera 42 No. 67A-151; 57-4-277-6123), a ranch-style disco with cowboy memorabilia and waiters dressed to match, an eagerly anticipated three-day weekend was about to turn into a four-day party. A cluster of young clubgoers ordered rum-and-coke cocktails as the rhythms of reggaetón and vallenato shook the foggy dance floor.

It was 3 a.m. but you couldn’t tell by the crowd’s infectious energy. They were clearly in it for the long haul, as if making up for lost time.


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