16 Mar 2018 (Medellin, Colombia): Today is our last full day in Medellin, and there was no debate or discussion at all about where we should go for lunch: Los Chamos! This is the Venezuelan place on the parallel block. The menú del dia (three course lunch special) here is cheap and large, the ambience is festive, the food is fantastic, and the owner / employees are ridiculously friendly. We love it here.
Relatedly, Leah made a really compelling observation this afternoon. In nearly all of our conversations, people (like the lovely people at Los Chamos) ask us where we’re from. Being able to say “New York” is a huge boon. Everyone here seems to have a connection to the city. They visited a few years ago or their cousin lives in Queens or they desperately want to move there in a few years. If I had to answer that question with something like “Cleveland, Ohio” well then I wouldn’t be speaking nearly as much Spanish. 🙂 The only city I can think of in the world that might be better than NYC in terms of conversational currency is Miami, and that’s only becasue we’re in South America. Having spent a mere handful of days in a small part of Latin America, I can unconfidently say Miami really is the capital of the Spanish speaking world. But yes – NYC. It’s really great and I’m really glad we live there.