Freeedom! Riding Bikes in Medellin

Overlooking the city from our neighborhood park
Overlooking the city from our neighborhood park

Today is our last Sunday in Colombia before returning to the US. And as luck would have it, the rain has given us a break and the whole day has been gorgeous so far. Normally, we walk over to the farmers market to do some Sunday food shopping, and even though we don’t need much because we’re headed out of town early Tuesday morning, we decided to go anyway. But instead of loading bags with lettuce, tomatoes, and fruits, we decided to have a piece of cake and sit in the shade.

At the farmers market
At the farmers market

Though our real goal of the day was to rent bikes! So after we finished our cake — the breakfast of champions — we rented a couple of bikes and instantly became freeee! Weee! In doing so, we were reminded that our bike riding muscles haven’t seen any action in a long time.

wide open lanes!
wide open lanes!

We’ve been on foot only for the past several months. In fact, our last biking excursion was in Nicaragua in August ’13. What?? As self-proclaimed bike nerds, we’ve been seriously neglecting our need to be on 2 wheels. Today’s ride was extra nice because every Sunday, the city shuts down car traffic to one of the main streets in our neighborhood so that people can walk and ride bikes instead. How very convenient!

And after an hour of riding in the sun, fixing a chain that popped off, and stopping to gawk at the huge Scarlet Macaws that were flying overhead, we returned our bikes and headed back to the farmers market for a cup of fresh guarapo (fresh lime juice + sugar cane + ice) and a little sit in the shade.

making guarapo
making guarapo

It’s been a pretty great day so far! No complaints here. And if I may say so, I think Sundays in Medellin, Colombia are pretty great in general. It’s so quiet! Then add in the 10am yoga at the botanical garden, farmers market in Poblado, and bike/ped-only street access, and I’m a pretty happy camper.

to our people in Denver, we'll see you soon!
to our people in Denver, we’ll see you soon!

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