Medellin is a wonderful diverse city in Colombia. Stretched out over a valley and surrounding mountain slopes. Well known for its notorious past. Nowadays a booming hip city with a wide range of different neighbourhoods. From above, the city looks like an ant colony with all those brick coloured houses packed around the valley.
On our way to Santa Domingo
Wednesday April 3th 2019, Santa Domingo, Medellin, Colombia. One Wednesday after work we cross the city to get to the Santa Domingo neighbourhood. A new Resirest experience; dinner at Lina and Julian´s. It´s rush-hour in the metro and metro cable. A huge cue meets us. Many Colombians are waiting patiently to get onto the metro cable. To return home to their families after a long day of work.
After what seems like an hour we get on the metro cable. Seated and standing in the cable cart we dangle above nocturne Medellin. Lina meets us at Santa Domingo metro cable stop. Together we walk up to her family house. Through narrow streets, buzzing alive and notorious buses driving up and down the mountain in high speed.
Happy young family
We are welcomed by Lina (20) and Julian (22) in their home. A young energetic couple eager to get to know us. We are offered delicious guarapo lemonade (aguadepanela) and soon start talking about our first impressions of the neighbourhood. While swapping stories Lina shows us their family photo album filled with professional photoshoot portraits of their daughter Salomé (3) as a baby. For every month a photo in a different costume. Also Lina seems to like to dress up as we turn the pages. Colourful and any happy faces. This young family form a tight unit.
Lina and Julian share their incredible story with use while having delicious auyama soup. (Squach and carrot crème soup). Lina and Julian are highschool sweethearts. They have been together since adolescence. Unplanned they got pregnant while still studying in highschool. Together they decided to love and take care of their baby. For both of them a difficult and challenging period. Now they are thriving as a family. Julian has a steady job repairing and installing air conditioners and Lina takes care of the household and studies during the weekends to be a call-center operator. Their daughter Salomé is their pride and joy.
Delicious food and a sweet dessert
We have dinner with the family: rice, salad and a pulled chicken with a vegetable stew. It´s heavenly delicious. Salomé plays with her friend Sami (8) in the attaching playroom, cooking imaginative dinners, just like her mommy. Lina and Julian´s families live in the neighbouring houses. Their parents and siblings with their families visit regularly. While we are there, one of the nephews comes to visit and joins little Salomé and Sami in their play.
Lina and Julian have a wonderful surprise prepared. A delicious sugary fried orange desert. We have seen it around the city and always wondered what it was. Soleritas, an orange wagon wheel shaped circle, the size of a hand palm. Served together with an even as orange sugary crème salsa. Extremely sweet and delicious.
View on Medellin by night
Lina joins us walking farther up into the neighbourhood and takes us to a beautiful view point. Tiny city lights as far as the eye can see. An awesome night! It´s time to return home. We say our goodbyes and take the notorious local bus back downhill. In no time home.