Botero is one of Colombia's most famous painters and sculptors. He favors what he calls "volume" in his work. He is still alive and donated most of his art work and private collection to museums in Colombia.
Medellin is warm and welcoming. I immediately felt like I could live here for at least 6 months. The city has had a rough history. It was the headquarters for Pablo Escobar, the drug kingpin that seems to be largely responsible for Colombia's violent and drug riddled reputation. But he is dead, and Medellin feels fresh and lively. There is an excellent metro and metrocable system, lots of public art (buildings were made to contribute a portion of their budget to artwork) and good weather.
I took salsa classes with a tiny woman named Paula. I more lessons scheduled for my last day in the city, but Paula did not appear.
The first picture is a cup of salted mango for $1. Delicious.