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Snapshot of Colombia – Spanish is the official language of Colombia, though several other languages (including English) are recognized as official regional languages in certain parts of the country. Colombia’s population is primarily Roman Catholic, though most do not actively practice the religion. Protestantism has been increasing in recent years. Colombia has a rich history in art and literature. Music and dance are also quite popular in Colombia, with pop, rock, salsa, vallenato, and cumbia being among popular styles. Shakira is Colombia’s most famous musician. Soccer is the most popular sport in Colombia, though baseball is almost somewhat popular in Caribbean areas of the country. Colombian cuisine varies by region. The typical dish of central Colombia is ajiaco, a chicken, potato, and corn soup, while spicy seafood dishes are popular in the Caribbean region. Rice and beans, eggs, corn, and avocado are common parts of meals across the country. Several types of bread and arepas are also common.
The Colombian members continue to grow each year. There are currently 180,526 members in all Colombia. The first missionaries entered Colombia in the 1960s. There are over 250 congregations throughout the country, five missions and one temple. The temple is in the capital city, Bogota, and took nine years to build from its announcement to dedication. It was dedicated on June 26, 1993.
The food in Colombia is fresh and delicious. The whole country enjoys beans, lentils, and fruits.
For breakfast it’s common to have eggs, bread and fruits like melons, pears and strawberries.
Lunch is the main meal. Rice, a type of bean, chicken or beef, and a salad make up a delightful dish. Colombians use all types of beans, lettuce or tomato salads, and fruit juices.
Dinner is much lighter than lunch, with smaller portions of a lunch-type meal.
Medellin houses the José María Córdova International Airport, two major bus stations and connections into the city for an easy access entrance.
In the city, there is a metro system that facilitates a bus system and sky train/cable cars. These transportation options allow easy access to any part of the city, with a quick travel time and safe trip.
Taxis are inexpensive, but calling a taxi is much safer than finding one on the street. Don’t get fooled by taxi drivers and their “collections.” Make them use their meters so that they ask for a fair wage.
Waterborne diseases are common and can be very fatal. Boil water before drinking it, purchase bottled water, or travel with a filter.
There are areas that should not be traveled in during the evening, but most neighborhoods are very calm and safe.
Medellin, with its thriving city provides a variety of opportunities to become involved with the arts and sporting events. There are several theaters hosting operas and other performing arts, along with various festivals.
There is a center that hosts all sports, from swimming events to football games. Making it to a football game is one of the most exciting events in Medellin because of the passion and excitement for the sport.
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