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David Lee

David Lee is the Editor in Chief of MedellinLiving.com and GoBackpacking.com.

In 2007, he quit his office job in northern Virginia to embark on a dream trip around the world. In January 2009, after visiting more than 20 countries, he arrived in Medellin, Colombia.

He was immediately enamored with the city, and proceeded to spend the next 6 months delving into Antioquian culture, learning Spanish, and more importantly, learning to dance salsa. David continues to spend several months per year living in Medellin.


Colombian Foods I Can't Get Enough Of


It's safe to say Colombian food often gets a bad wrap, but if you give it a chance, I'm confident you'll find at least five dishes you'll want to eat more than once.

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  • clara cecilia velez
    clara cecilia velez says #
    me encantan las recetas ya que me gusta la culinaria por no hay nada mejor que cocinar lo que a uno le gusta
  • Brian Singer
    Brian Singer says #
    David, thank you so much for providing those recipes! I went to Colombia last year, and there are some specialties I'd like to try...

5 Awe-Inspiring destinations in Colombia


Geographically speaking, Colombia is a surprisingly diverse country. Before arriving in 2009, I imagined it was one big jungle. I'm embarssed to admit that my knowledge of the country was limited to what I'd seen on news clips and in Hollywood movies.

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  • Alan Malarkey
    Alan Malarkey says #
    helpful blog, thanks

Learning Salsa in Colombia

Learning to dance salsa was the last thing on my mind when I arrived in Colombia. I'd taken lessons at a studio in Washington, DC a few years earlier, but I was far too shy to start asking strange women to dance outside of the classroom.

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  • Edgar RODRIGUEZ
    Edgar RODRIGUEZ says #
    Hello there I use to live in the US and frequently go out for Salsa dancing. There I learned that americans are not bad dancers, ...

The Top 10 Reasons I Miss Medellin

I have a confession to make. In August 2010, after a cummulative 18 months living in Medellin Colombia, I left to explore the rest of South America.

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  • David Lee
    David Lee says #
    Hi Alex, that's not an easy question to answer. I feel it's generally safe, but it's still a big city and there's street crime. Th...
  • Alex Navarrete
    Alex Navarrete says #
    Hi David, I've heard many things about Medellin. I was wanting to visit there for the first time. I am from Houston texas and was ...

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