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When I joined a walking tour in Medellin, I remember my guide told us a short story about Pablo Escobar (just because someone asked about it).
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“It is not as simple as the poor people love him and the middle class + rich people hate him” she started the explanation.
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In a super simple way, the society divided into 3 groups.
Group 1: People who really love him. When they think about him they think about money and power.
Group 2: People who really hate him. People who think he was so cruel to kill so many people and do awful things.
Group 3: People who don’t have any opinion. People who say: “I don’t know... yes he is a bad person and killed so many people, but... he built a lot of houses for the poor, etc”.
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She said there is no such thing as:
Kill 1 person = built xx amount of houses.
Kill 2 people = built 2x more houses. So on.
I agree with her point. It’s not acceptable.
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Just the same as you should not think that if you kill people/be a suicide boomer then you will go to heaven.
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It is like what happened in Surabaya. You shouldn’t murder people. The person who dies is someone’s sister/mother/aunt/brother/father and so on. Think of what you would feel if it was your relative.
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Don’t hate so much. Don’t be group no. 3. Use your mind, listen to your heart, have an opinion. I am a Muslim and it breaks my heart to know that people are using this religion to promote hate.

Okay! I gotta be honest. I am playing catch up now. I’ve been so late 🙈🙈on uploading my #weeklyvideoproject since I have some other deadlines. Worry not it’s here 😊
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It’s a short video from my trip to Pailón del Diablo in Baños. One of the highlights of my trip in Ecuador. #ecuadornow #bañosdeaguasanta #week18 #travel #throwback

In the last post, I told you how to get to Guatape (from Medellin). That photo was taken from the top of Piedra del Peñol.
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It’s an obvious highlight of the area, but I think I like the colorful town better. This photo was taken in a square. You can see all the colorful designs, they are called zócalo.
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The zócalos are meant to represent daily life around the town. They were first used around 50 years ago. The whole town, even the houses, is decorated with them. It’s a kaleidoscope of colors. I love it.
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Have you ever been to Guatape?
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#Colombia #Guatape #Travel

Are you interested in traveling to Colombia?
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Guatape is an easy day trip from Medellin. It’s a roughly two hour drive from the city. I think if I lived in Medellin, I would go to Guatape at least 6 times a year. Here’s how to do it and the cost. We start left Medellin around 9:30 am and came back at 5 pm.
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Taxi from Airbnb (in Poblado area) to Terminal Norte: 16,000
*for cheaper option you can get the metro (to Caribe Metro Station) 🚇.
Bus (kiosk number 16 and 8, or around it): 14,000 per person (Medellin to Guatape).
Entrance ticket to Peñón de Guatapé: 18,000 per person.
Bajaj from the rock to the town: 8,000 (for two people).
*or you can wait for the bus (but I guess the cost is similar-ish), or walk (3,3 km).
Lunch and stuff: 55,000
Bus back to Medellin: 14,000 per person.
Metro from Terminal Norte/Caribe Metro station: 2,400 per person.
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Total for 2 people: 176,000.
*trip on 8th May 2018
*currency: Colombian Pesos
*around Rp 840,000
#Medellin #Guatape #Colombia #Travel

I joined a walking tour yesterday. It was all in all a great tour. In 4 hours we got to see a lot of the important places in Medellin.
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I like the fact that the tour did not focus on Pablo Escobar, it is more about the city itself. Even so you are free to ask if you have any questions about that guy.
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The highlight of the day was the extended “walking tour”. I spent the rest of the day with 4 new friends, went to the market to practice our bargaining skills, played cards (I got to climb up from the forever Vice Asshole to President/Vice President) and finished the day with a tasty Vietnamese dinner.
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Picture is of one of the oldest churches in Medellin.
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#Colombia #Medellin #travel

Didn’t know that I have the ability to talk to a Peacock 😜.
Pic 1: Come on spread your feathers
Pic 2: Now turn around. The other way, facing the camera
Pic 3: Excellent!
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#Colombia #Manizales #Hacienda #Travel

Our stay in Cali was lovely. Got to meet an Indonesian, Suy @suyang_ng who has been living in Colombia for 4 years.
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Colombians and Indonesians share something in common, we are some of the sweetest people in the world (I know this might be biased since I am Indonesian 😜).
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We got help from a local when we asked him directions for the bus. He was super kind. He waited with us at the bus stop until the right bus came along. His kindness warmed my heart.
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Suy meanwhile showed us his adopted city. We went up to Cristo Rey (twice, because the first time we couldn’t see anything). We tried Oblea (I am in love) and searched for some Chontaduro, a typical fruit here, but failed to get any.
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Thanks a lot Suy. ☺️ Maybe see you again in Bogota (or some other place). Bueno suerte por todo. ✨#Colombia #Travel #Cali

Baños de Agua Santa is a city 3 hours from Quito, the capital of Ecuador. It slightly reminds me of Puncak in West Java, Indonesia.
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Baños is a popular weekend destination for Ecuadorians who live in Quito. Unlike Puncak, it is not popular to have a second house (or a holiday home) in Baños.
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Baños is a place that I would love to visit again in the future. So many choices of activities in such a small area. The Plaza is beautiful and the people are so friendly.
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Picture was taken at Luna Runtun, a resort with volcanic pool. It was really nice to dip in a warm pool overlooking the beautiful city, Baños de Agua Santa.
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Do you have any favourite volcanic pool or hot spring? Let me know 😊 #Ecuador #Baños #BañosdeAguaSanta #EcuadorNow

How is Jakarta? Jorge, an Ecuadorian guy, asked me. I shared a few facts about the city. He cut me off telling me, “that is statistical information. What do you think about the town?”
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I took several seconds before I answered. I said I love it, it’s the city where I grew up. I have a lot of friends there, favourite restaurants and so on.
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The traffic pretty is much the same as Quito. There are a lot of malls. I thought about it and yeah, it’s pretty much the same as Quito, a busy capital city.
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We walked around the old town, and we came across a building that was previously an unused bus terminal. It had been transformed into a multifunctional building.
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Jorge explained that people can come here and use the facilities for free. There is a gym, a room full of musical instruments, a library, a dance room (swipe left to see me attempting to learn some moves) and more. I was amazed by it.
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I wish Jakarta had more (and bigger) parks and places like this. Maybe in the future.
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#Quito #Ecuador #Travel #weeklyvideoproject #week17

Have you ever skipped a destination just because you heard from someone that it’s not worth a visit? I did. Am I regretting the decision? Not sure. One thing for sure, I am still curious about the place. Is that some kind of a regret?
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Guayaquil in Ecuador is one of those places that people suggested I skip. Lesson learnt so I visited the city anyway. Do I regret my decision? No, I had a great short time in Guayaquil. I got to see the first lighthouse in Ecuador, that was built in 1841. I got to check out a park full of iguanas and some other things.
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If you’re unsure about visiting a place give it a try. You’re unlikely to regret the choice and you might even enjoy yourself. #Ecuador #guayaquil #travel #EcuadorNow

Yesterday was great. We departed on a bus to go to Casa del Arbol. It is around 15 km from the town, Baños de Agua Santa. All uphill.
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The bus went down and up the winding road, typical of the highlands, for several minutes. 8 km to the destination, the bus couldn’t continue the journey. No vehicle could because the road was being repaired.
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With 8 km to go 6 of us got off the bus to walk the rest of the way (remember it’s uphill). The rest decided to stay on the bus and go back to the city.
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We hitchhiked with a truck that brought the hot tarmac for the road to the construction site. That cut the trip down to 2,5 km.
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After the lift we walked along a small path and cut down some more kilometers (thanks to the Canadian couple and their map). It wasn’t an easy walk I have to be honest, especially when you didn’t expect to walk haha. In total it took us 1,5-2 hours to get to Casa del Arbol.
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Long story short, because no vehicles could go up, we had the Casa del Árbol mostly to ourselves. We swung on the swings, played and wandered around as long as we wanted to. It was a great day. 🧡
#Ecuador #Baños #bañosdeaguasanta #Travel #CasadelArbol #EcuadorNow

I just realised that I spent around 2,5 months travelling around Peru. I visited quite a lot of places yet I haven’t written anything about my experiences in Peru. 🤣
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This beautiful sunset photo was taken in Huanchaco, Peru. Swipe left to see a short video of random clips from Huaraz, Huanchaco, Trujillo and Mancora.
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How is your week going? I hope it is going good 😊
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#Peru #Throwback #Travel #weeklyvideoproject #week16

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