It sometimes borders on the extreme but Paisas (People from Medellín) and Antioqueños (People from Antioquia, the region around Medellín) are very proud to be from the area. In fact, the slogan for Antioquia is "la más educada" which I think in any other situation would be seem arrogant, just adds to the charm of Antioqueños. To be fair to Antiqueños, the reason why the slogan is "la más educada" is to do with their development plan which nicely brings me on to my next point...
You can see why Medellín are deserving of the most innovative city title when you can mavel at such sights like the MetroCable or Biblioteca España. Public facilities are well maintained - the Metro is spotless and places like the Unidad Deportiva Atanasio Giradot in Estadio rivals the London Olympic facilities. Medellín has a real entrepreneurial spirit and I think this has really contributed to the city's turnaround.
Unidad Deportiva Atanasio Giradot, Estadio. Facilities include a football stadium, swimming pools, gymnastic hall, softball stadium amongst others!
I have been awful for doing the cultural activities that you're meant to do but one bit of Paisa culture that I know very well is the nightlife. In some regards it is quite similar to British nightlife in the fact that they love a good prelash. However, you're allowed to drink in public places so everyone goes to the park (no one is freezing their nads off though) and shares a bottle of everyone's favourite, aguardiente. Medellin is big on salsa so no matter what, you're likely to be
I love a good nose. Luckily, there's never a dull moment in Medellin and a quick walk to the supermarket will mean that you will encounter all sorts of characters. The constant yelling of "AGUACATE! PLATANOS MADUROS" down a microphone as a man passes you by with a trolley full of vegetables; the vendors hassling you to buy chiclets; the stall-owners making their goods on the spot - you always notice something new everytime you leave the house.
Guatape: One of the many pueblos closeby to Medellin
Ashamedly, I have not left Medellín since returning from Cartagena. However, I have heard so many good things about the pueblos surrounding Medellín. I love the fact that it is fairly easy to escape the daily grind and find tranquility in just a few hours.
If you have been to Medellín, what did you enjoy about the city?