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But that was the bad old days of fiat money. Now there are dozens of love-based cryptocurrencies — LoveCoin, CupidCoin, Erosium, Nubilo — with market caps in the mid nine-figures. The year-old genius behind CupidCoin just bought the state of Tennessee. Luna, which bills itself as blockchain-optimized dating. They caught my attention by hiring Aella, previously featured on this blog for her adventures taking LSD megadoses weekly for a year. And they maintained it because — well, goodness knows we need new dating sites now that OKCupid has devolved into an off-brand Tinder clone.

Most dating sites suffer from attention imbalance: Luna solves this by making attention a commodity tradeable on the free market. Stars can be bought with dollars and vice versa , so popular users can actually earn money reading all the messages sent to them. This system has some pretty powerful advantages. Market forces are the known solution to the problem of connecting resources to their highest-value use. But everywhere this solution is tried, it runs up against its one great weakness — rich people with mild preferences can outbid poor people with strong ones.

And even a well-off person might hesitate to send out a hundred messages a day, every day. Also, really good information about preferences in exchange for a biased system that favors the wealthy has been the deal Capitalism has been offering since Adam Smith first put quill to paper; it seems kind of weird to back out now. A more practical issue: Neither of these seem like too high a bar.

Better is their offer to provide data, including how often users respond to messages and how often users meet with other users:. I have bots pretending to be pretty women try to friend me on Facebook something like once a week, even though I have no idea what their endgame is or how this results in them making money.

Luna claims that their model gives them a profit only when it succeeds:. At Luna, we intend to structure the token economy in such a way that our system is rewarded when users achieve their goals, thus aligning our own incentives with those of our users and ensuring that all data, AI, and machine learning technology will be used to actually connect people…the approach consists of two parts:. As described in 3. Luna intends to take a small fee for this transaction, but only if the recipient responds to the message within a window of a number of days yet to be determined.

If the recipient does not respond, or only responds after more than this number of days, this fee will be re-paid to the sender. The number of Stars transferred to the recipient, however, will remain the same, whether they respond to the message or not. Possibility of tipping in case of successful offline dates. Once users have rated their experience, Luna will then allow them to choose whether to leave a tip of their choice in the form of Stars.

As this is a voluntary option, it should have no effect on user feedback. Tipping a platform is an infeasible idea in the context of currently existing dating apps; however, the free and direct-to-user benefits of Luna may register to users as something more resembling the mechanisms of Wikipedia: A tipping option may thus encourage a feeling of alliance with Luna in the user.

Luna may adopt a collaborative filtering algorithm developed by Dr. In addition, Luna may use advanced NLP techniques in conjunction with IBM Watson to integrate additional information from the contents of messages sent in-app, as well as from social media sources such as Twitter, if users choose to provide that information. I find the idea of letting users link their social media accounts to provide more data really fascinating, and this reassures me that the attempts at incentive-alignment above really do have them thinking about how they can do better.

For us to ever find out [how to design a match algorithm that really increases human happiness], we are going to require an open data ecosystem around computer dating. Just getting rid of that dynamic once and for all would be a great result, but I think that Luna offers far, far more.

By establishing the decentralized paradigm in dating, Luna helps to remake dating culture. Luna is not a service or a place, like Tinder or a bar. We could pay the best people in the world to design algorithms to match other people, and make them happy.

Why is their crypto token more efficient than paying for Second Life in Linden Dollars, or any of the other silly token currencies that have existed forever on the Internet? So what is blockchain doing for them? The null hypothesis might be: It employs some people I know and trust. Some people use Intellect to wrest a secret from Nature: To test their prize they build a Sampo, a machine churning out a hundred varieties of human happiness — from loving marriages to ecstatic sex to just sitting on the couch cuddling on rainy days.

They give it to the public gratis. In the process they all get super rich and donate the money to curing malaria, good compounding upon good. Also, the whole thing is done in a weird and pointlessly-complicated format that adds nothing except a giant middle finger aimed at government regulators. What could be more beautiful than this? One last thought on the blockchain issue: An anarchist commune may have some spectacularly brilliant collaborative dispute-solving mechanism, but none of that matters, because the people involved will be the sorts of people who would join an anarchist commune , ie ridiculous and completely ungovernable.

So the most interesting and distinguishing feature of Luna, at least to start with, might not be the tokens, or the incentives, or the machine learning. I could make a lot of cheap jokes here, but whatever weird hyperplanes through categoryspace further the difficult and desperate project of human-seeking-human are good and worthwhile in my book.

I hope that lots of libertarian women find lots of security-conscious men and make lots of beautiful, high-price-volatility babies. Would there be a good way to tell for sure after the fact, other than in the small fraction of worlds where the site is very successful? Here are some indications that a coin is either a deliberate scam or pointless, which in practice are hard to distinguish.

But seriously, what is the advantage supposed to be here of a blockchain over a centralized ledger? I had the same question, I was wondering if maybe you saw something I missed, and apparently not. But this seems contradicted by Vinay Gupta being apparently one of the main concept guys and also a long-time crypto person. That seems like a pretty uncharitable reading. In a better world, the people with the money would find the concept itself valuable and not need the blockchain window dressing to be interested.

This is a scam on the investors , not on the users. So they are manipulating the investors to make them put their money into something they would not otherwise have invested in, and the manipulation itself adds no value to the asset, and in fact likely subtracts it, due to all the costs and risks of having to implement a new blockchain and hope that it is adopted.

This sounds like more or less the same type of thing. It strikes me as quite like a book editor insisting a writer insert a love triangle into an already-fine story. Have made a long comment, explaining my involvement and perspective, but it seems to be stuck in a moderation queue?

Oh, perhaps then Scott just almost never looks at it, unless he wants to dig out a specific post by someone who got his attention. Although I would argue that for most users, that is functionally identical to not having a moderation queue. Yes, this blog does have an Akismet -powered moderation queue, so your original comment could be stuck in it. Thankfully, it looks like you successfully posted your long comment later, further down in the comments.

Yes, I came up with the mechanism a couple of years ago, then chanced upon a team that looked like they had the rest of the pieces necessary to make it go. It was a very fortuitous meeting! Intermediate position between scam and not-scam: It uses the blockchain to build hype now, but once the bitcoin bubble bursts, they will switch back to more conventional technology.

Remember, the only function of a blockchain is to avoid double-spend attacks without trusted authorities. If a trusted authority exists, then she can always verify transactions with much less technical overhead.

Though a transferrable claim that can be double spent probably has little intrinsic value, rendering the need to avoid mis-spends moot. This is really important for money-like digital assets, i. Even very trustworthy people or organizations may not be trustworthy when millions in value a day is being spent. Or alternatively the people may be trustworthy, but their computer systems may not.

Even though the trusted authority may fail, the smart contract can limit the space of outcomes to a specific hyper-plane. The sports score publisher can declare that the Jaguars won, even if the Patriots actually did. Hence this lowers the incentive to cheat. Scalable and reliable internet infrastructure is really expensive and painful to maintain. You spend millions a year paying DBAs boatloads of money so they wake up at 3 AM when your servers crash.

Operating a public facing internet service is like defending a fortress in a zombie apocalypse. In fact way way more problems, because blockchain consensus comes with an order of magnitude complexity than even very scalable centralized databases.

The cost is certainly less visible, because the miners are paid either in the form of seigniorage or transaction fees by the users. That does not seem right to me. Both physical money and the banking system already have perfectly good ways to prevent double spending.

There was no reason to invent a new technology to prevent that. Preventing double-spending attacks is just a necessary precondition for a blockchain to be usable. When applied to a currency: His point is that although blockchains are the most prominent distributed databases at the moment, there are other choices that are often better. Both physical money and the banking system are, in their current forms, dependent on large centralized institutions that are ultimately backed by the power of the state.

Because the whole point is to create a new currency. Not in selling mate advertising. The daters are supposed to be the critical mass that gets the bubble started. If you look at the issues with OkCupid right now you see the problems with a centralized ledger.

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It was pretty amazing. Out of the 20, I became friends with 8 of the girls and we still hang out. What does that consist of? So I made a goal to message women. At first, I started by writing a funny, short message. So I put myself in the shoes of a paisa girl looking for a long-term relationship on Colombian Cupid, and I found my secret sauce. My first message was a compliment about something they wrote on their profile, not about their looks. It took more time, but the success rate skyrocketed.

Once I had a good message exchange I would go to my filter, Facebook. Once I had them on facebook I was able to see all of their pictures, and they were able to see all of mine. Once we were keen on each other I would ask for the date. Feel free to read it and leave a comment there if you have any questions. I have recently downloaded the Tinder and Happn application for my smartphone.

I have friends that swear by them; they go on dates all the time. This is an actual dating agency that sets updating tours in Medellin and is completely legitimate.

I did more research and found out that the business is owned by an American, Mark and his Ukranian wife, Anne. The women were all professionals, lovely and not professional working girls. After seven years of living here in Medellin, I have discovered that most of the guys that get asked for cash or things are guys that try to date prostitutes.

Instead go out and try to meet a normal girl perhaps at the mall, at the bank, at a cafe, etc. I dated Jessica for a couple of months, but things just did not work out. Mostly because she had to go to Bogota for her internship and it was really hard to keep the relationship going long distance.

I will update in detail soon. This has led me to go on far less dates than before. I do have a nice little anecdote though. I was at the bank the other day and I had to do a transaction at the teller. I was not really paying attention, but when I was called to the window the girl that was helping me was absolutely gorgeous. I smiled and said hi, then asked her how she was doing.

I think she was taken aback because not many people actually ask her that. She said that they usually move them around. I told her that I needed to make a deposit, we proceeded with the typical transaction details. She said that would be fine. As I walked away I stuffed the transaction receipt into my pocket and walked into the Exito supermarket to buy groceries. I had totally forgotten about the beautiful teller and proceeded to go play basketball as I usually do.

When I got back home I remembered the girl. This has been my life for the last few months: The deposit receipt was there and to my surprise…on the back…she had written her phone number. I immediately added it to my phone and sent her a WhatsApp message, telling her that I had missed her after work because I got caught up with work and then I went to play basketball. She replied that it was fine, we exchanged a couple more messages and have been speaking since.

We should be going out this weekend. Every weekend is a party and everyone is single, even girls with boyfriends are single in Medellin. My favorite thing about December in Medellin is the street parties in different neighborhoods. The whole block is closed off and very loud music is played, food is cooked, and dancing and drinking continue into the middle of the next day.

Recently I reconnected with a girl who has been an acquaintance for more than a couple years now. Last weekend I went on a Christmas Chiva party bus , and there she was, with a different guy. I just said hi and hung out and danced with the girls I came with.

After 2 hours of riding around town while drinking and dancing we talked. We danced for the rest of the night, then once the chiva dropped us off we continued talking I blacked out for a good part, but I remember most of our conversation. She also lives alone and is quite intelligent.

On another note, I found a video that I had made with a Paisa friend of mine where I asked him questions about women in Medellin. Well, the girl that I started to see in December has become just a friend.

I really liked her a lot, but she did something that kind of confused me. A couple weeks ago, she wrote me on WhatsApp. She wrote that she had been talking to her ex-boyfriend and that she was thinking about getting back with him. Mind you this is after we had already been out on several dates and gotten physical. I gave her the benefit of the doubt and went with thinking she was being honest. In lieu of being…dumped we were never actually dating, but…still , I decided to reopen my Colombian Cupid Dating Site account.

I talked to a few girls, but nothing special. Regardless, I sent her a private message. Shortly after she replied and we started to exchange messages. Ultimately I got her phone number and added her to WhatsApp. We went on our first date last Saturday. Thanks to my notes I know that her favorite food is Italian, so I took her to a great restaurant called IL Castello in el poblado.

I had the Fettuccine Alfredo very good. By this time I could totally feel the chemistry, so once we were done with the Sangria we headed over to Vintrash for dancing. Wow, can this girl move, I was floored. By the end of the date, we had connected very well through conversation, and physically through dancing and lots of kissing. To be honest, I get bored. I usually do stuff on weekends like play basketball. I play on two different teams in a couple tournaments and I play pick up as well.

Or just going to Ciudad Del Rio to eat at the food trucks. Or going out with a group of friends to a bar or a club and having a fun time. A couple of weekends ago we went to a finca country house on the lake at Guatape with a few friends. We had lots of food and drinks, swam in the lake, played soccer, pet the cows and had an awesome time. She works at a bank full time. So we see each other sometimes during the week, but mostly on weekends.

There were other girls there, and we were all dancing. Got in a cab without explanation and took off. Last week she wrote me and told me that she missed me, I told her the same. So we met up for dinner. She arrived with a gift bag and gave it to me. It was a little-stuffed animal and a card, which I thought was awesome.

I remember when I was a kid and I was going to go on my first date with a girl. I asked my dad for money to go to the movies. He told me that I had to work for it. He then said that I had to go to work the next day as well. At 13 I was baffled by this. He said that I needed to have money for: In Medellin, women, in general, expect the guy to pay. Of course, there are women that will offer to split or pay the whole tab. Furthermore, there are girls that will want to take advantage. With D, I always send an Uber to pick her up and bring her to my apartment or to our date spot.

Al Alma — This is my favorite for two reasons, the coffee is great and the portions are big. On December of last year, I made a few resolutions to make myself better in all areas of life. Day DayChallenge pushups. A post shared by Andrew Macia andrewmacia on Sep 11, at 5: All of these things have helped me become more awesome.

My 3-year goal is to help retire my parents, therefore, I need all the energy, motivation, and positive influences I can get. One of my resolutions is to do more fun things out of the office. Therefore, on the first weekend of the year, I participated in a 3 on 3 tournament in a town called Marinilla near Rio Negro. Dani was nice enough to accompany me. It was an all-day affair, so her putting up with basketball all day was nice.

We got second place. After the tournament, we went to eat at a great restaurant in the town called La Torre. Marinilla is a cool little town less than an hour outside of Medellin. On the way back home we took the bus. My B-Day was on January 3rd. It was a nice surprise. All of my friends were there and we had a great meal. I see it all of the time. Foreign guys come here and have a couple bad experiences, then state that all Colombian chicks are possessive, jealous, and crazy.

If you ever hear that from a guy, make sure to ask him what his experience with women in his own country has been. A lot has happened in these first three months of We both work during the week so we only see each other on weekends. We just moved to a bigger, better office. And all my basketball tournaments 3 of them are in full swing. One of my favorite things to do in Medellin with my friends is to rent out a finca country home and have a weekend party.

We rented a bus. Half of us met at Hija Mia Cafe, where the bus picked us up and took us to the finca in Santa fe de Antionquia, about an hour and half away from Medellin.

I ended things with Dani and have been very busy with work. Let me rephrase that. I ended things with Dani and buried myself in work. I mean now my business is doing the best it has…well…. My clients and team are very happy. Apart from work, I go to the gym 3 times a week and play basketball 3 times a week. I see her there every now and then. I have not approached her yet for a couple reasons. It is not my intention to degrade or generalize Colombia women. Medellin is a beautiful city with a lot to offer.

My intention is to show how these stereotypes are not true, how diverse dating can be in Medellin, and of course how interesting the Paisa woman is. I highly recommend it. Hello, my name is Andrew Macia and the Medellin Buzz is my blog. I moved to Medellin in and fell in love with the city.

I taught advanced level English for four years and then started a digital marketing company. I love Colombia, and Medellin is my home. I like to write and I want to give back to the community. This is the best way I know how. I hope you enjoy my blog! It slowly turned into a personal blog and hub for information for people discovering Medellin.

In Medellin you will also find a lot of beautiful, smart women who have their own business or work independently. Do you have any data to back this up?

This post is about my personal experience. I have found many, and see many every day here in downtown. Teaching English to 18 to 30 year olds has made me more aware of that group of women as well. I by myself fund exat one of these girls! By casualty but i think more or less he s right in what he sais. Must you be able to speak Spanish to teach English there? It may sound odd but many places this is not a requiement.

Who do you work for. No speaking Spanish is not a requirement. How long does one have to teach? Competition for teaching jobs is growing and growing here in Medellin.

Not only are there more foreigners wanting to teach, but there are also many Colombians, not only from Medellin, but from nearby cities. Universities and private institutions alike require credentials. As for applying for a teaching job showing up and hounding the director or the person in charge of hiring is key. There are more than private English institutions here in Medellin, so there is an opportunity.

As for wages, most private institutions hire teachers as independent contractors for part time or full time work. Some smaller institutions are poorly managed and getting paid on time can be an issue. My name is Rick. I live in Chicago.

I am originally from India. I visited Cali and Kartagena 3 months and now coming to Medellin on octo I love the Colombian girls and their style so here I am. Thank you for your experience sharing in Medellin. Would like to get to know the local culture by mingling with locals so can I spend few hours in your English class to experience the local way of life?

Possibly go disco dancing with few of your fiends but of course all drinks are on me. I am not really interested in strip clubs or etc. Well feel free to hit me up when you get here! Yes Mike, you are correct there are ignorant, racist people all over the world, including Medellin…as you have proved. However, Rick, I do have a few friends that are Indian that have managed to make lots of friends and actually run businesses and lead a successful life here in Medellin: Sidhartha, owner of the restaurant Curry https: People in Medellin are very friendly and are generally accepting of foreigners in their city.

They are just not usually interested on gringos, which is why they are not easily found by foreigners. Just to give you an example, there is about 3, registered hair salons and beauty supply shops in Medellin, and most of them are owned by women.

Thanks for the comment. What kind of scare tactic is this? Yes there are bad people here, but crime occurs everywhere in the world. Ah that really sucks. My friends and I all entrepreneurs have been living here for over 6 years now. Not one has had that happened to them.

I love this blog brother Andrew! I live in the magical city of Orlando, Florida. I will be going to get my Celta certification in Medellin in January I love Colombian women! My guys and I travel frequently to Colombia to relax and vacation. We are all a bunch of crazy Americans! You seemed to really like her a lot bro. I think it is pitiful that you cannot write something less shallow about such a beautiful, vibrant city than how to pick up Medellin women! Everyone knows the women there are beautiful and easy to meet and date.

And that they love foreigners, even though you are Colombian. How about the gastronomy, culture, events, music?? THAT would be much more helpful to those who want to experience Medellin.

To go there looking for women is pathetic and gives US men a really bad name — kind of like the incident with the Secret Service in Cartagena. I have written about all of those topics. If you look through my blog all of those topics are covered, even history my associates and I are tour guides here in Medellin , but this is the topic that gets the most attention. I think my post is probably one of the least offensive and paints the Medellin woman in a positive light.

I think it paints them as easy pick-ups. Maybe most of your readers are men if this topic gets the most attention. I completely respect your opinion and value your input. The topic of dating in Medellin? The fact that I prefer women who are professional? Thanks again for your comment.

Dear Linda, It is very easy to safe yourself a peace of mind. Just do not read, and of course, do not judge things you are opposing naturally.

America women say they got HIT On. In Colombia they call it meeting someone. This might be why Americans talk about it…cause the women are not like you, and a lot of other American uptight women. They like attention so much and when they see other women especially cute women who are not fake like them nor have this man like attitude like them getting all the attention they get pissed off and nitpick every little thing out of frustration.

If that is how you feel then more power to you. Life is about living the way you feel is right for you.. Problem with men is that they become too attached to the female specimen.. Yes Daniel, email it over to me. First i would like to say that it is a great issue to write about. I gor to tell you the truth, when i read this post i got the feeling you would like to talk about your self a lil too much.

And i, as someone that also live in medellin, i dont think the things are as you describe. The avarage girls will expect you to pay for everything, spescialy the texi.

The kind of girls are you describe are exsisted, and i know them as well, but they are not common. The high quality girls wouldnt be that fascinated from the gringos. Normaly the low level will. Try to write less about your stories and to bring more facts that connected to reality. Hi Another Anonymous, thanks for the constructive criticism. I will work on getting more actual facts. I rather speak about my own experiences, but I guess you are right; when writing about delicate issues like gender and relationships one should have some stats.

I date 50 to 60 YO or so. Often they find me as fascinating as I find them. It is often a great experience. I am Spanish tutor for foreigners in case someone is interested..

Thanks Andrew this is my contact info: Women who like a man who is not nice need a psychologist. Live and learn and is this not why so many Colombian women think the men are all cheaters and then seek foreign men? Live and learn or error again? I ve been following your posts lately. I am too glad that a foreigner people as you write such a beutiful things about our city.

Espero que no haya cometido muchos errores. Hi Jhon, thanks a lot. I look forward to meeting you at our next Conversation Club Cocktail Party. I have been reading your posts and I am happy to see an honest approach to life there and to hear such a positive outlook on life there with your personal experiences.

I definitely have a interest in visiting Medellin soon and exploring life and business there. Hi Stacey, thanks for the positive feedback. Medellin is a great place to be, but then again a positive mind can make any place a great place. You gotta come see it to make it your own. I hope to meet you when you get down here. I am totally interested in living in a city outside the US that will allow me more for my money and is friendly to Americans just looking to integrate into their lifestyle and culture.

Not being discriminated against for being 60 is also important. I am healthy fit and handsome. Is Medellin worth giving a shot. I love the idea of teaching English. I taught high school for a few years. Thanks for any and all responses. Medellin should definitely be on your list of cities to consider. In regards to ageism in the dating world here. There is, however, ageism for work here.

It is very rare to see anyone over 40 years old working. Since you were a teacher you could perhaps work at a university, but you have a fair warning. BTW being a blue-eyed white guy works to your advantage here. Encouraging words and nice to hear. I know some rudimentary Spanish that I would love to build on. Given any opportunity I think I can handle the dating scene. Thank you very much for sharing your experiences without advertising for some dating site or other.

It makes you much more credible. And holding on to her if she happens to be attractive? Hi Hans, Thanks for the comment. I write based on my experience and my personality. Alpha males are not all that Medellin women look for. Medellin has all types of women, so finding yourself a woman with the qualities you like is possible. I encourage you to come and test the waters. If you do visit Medellin make sure that you come for at least a month or two because most respectable women take a while to warm up to.

There are so many things to do and see here. Thank you for the awesome post. I heard k-pop is huge in Medellin or in Colombia in general. He told me a lot of young college aged Colombian girls would come up to you and ask to take pictures with them and etc.

I have plans on visiting many countries in and Colombia is one of the country I will visit for sure!! I love food so food adventure will be the number one priority to venture Colombia but not alone. I also have interest on meeting a local beautiful Colombian woman, not prostitutes, and find some romance at the same time too.

Will I have a chance to do so?? Yo MKO, the short answer is yes, you have a chance at finding romance in Colombia. I teach English and there is always a couple of students who love K-Pop or Korean soaps. I just wanted to say it!!! I admire you alot… my best wishes love u. You have definitely been one of my best students.

It was fun being your teacher. Yeah Medellin is great. The only thing missing is the beach, I used to live in Huntington Beach. Just to keep with the theme of your blog. Im a blue eyed Scotsman, is it worth my while bringing my kilt or is that trying too hard with the local ladies? Being certified and having worked for the ScotsMan. I think the key would be for you to get into a good paying position.

I recommend living in a lower income level yet safe neighborhood first, once you get your bearings and cashflow up you can get into some of the more expensive neightborhoods. Go for it, Michael. They will love the kilt. I am going to Colombia within the next year and am really looking forward to it.

Vaya con suerte Go with luck Jimmy. So the questions should be: The best place to meet girls in Medellin…is…well…anywhere. The supermarket, the library, the metro, at a bar, dancing, etc. Andrew ,this is the best blog I have had the pleasure to read. I met a Medellin girl on a dating website. She invited down to Medellin Colombia.

I speak Spanish ,I would say as a second language. Here is my story. We were shuttled off to a Hotel that my girlfriend picked out.

I had no inpout in this choice. It was not in Poblado, for some reason we ended up on Carretera Wall to wall little discos that are blasting music all night. I had to stay in Medellin for a month. So I was stuck down by the metro near the stadium stop on Carrera I was told to take off my gold chain, gold watch, anything Gold, the Police roll in late or early in the morning in a military vehicle like all together. To be honest with you Andrew I felt there was an unverbalized thing going on that you are not where you should be.

I needed a guard from the Hotel to get monies from the cajero ATM. Plus, of course my girlfriend shows me a video of Colombian soldiers in a military jeep all shot through the head. Your right about the jealousy, anyway, after they filled me with horror stories about being kidnapped, murdered or worse during the Pablo Escobar period. I was totally paranoid about even buying a beer solo at night. Maybe they just psyched me out.

I never did get to Poblado or any other nice area, only the malls. What is your opinion of that area down by Carrera Andrew is it as dangerous as I perceived or am I just paronoid form my perception. I never heard the word drugs, nor did I ask about the mafia. But upon arrival back in Miami the Border patrol agents took me into a room and gave me a complete search and investigation of what the hell I was doing in Medellin.

I had to go and call them and they gave me the third degree. W Why I was sending money to Medellin. To whom I was sending it. What I was doing in Medellin.

I know the story. Miami was the money laundering capital during the Pablo Escobar era, but this is like 20 years ago. Anyway, they refused to release the monies in Colombia after an hour of investigation. What a total disgrace. If I had to do it over again , I would have went straight to Poblado and payed for a hotel. I just think I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but I have a beautiful fiance.

Thanks for your time Andrew. The neighborhood you were in is called Estadio it boarders the Laureles, Floresta, and Belen neighborhoods. Which are all decent neighborhoods. I lived in Floresta Carrera 80 just a few blocks up. And I have a friend who owns the best Hostel in Medellin right there on la 70 about 6 blocks from the stadium, you might consider staying in one of the private rooms there next time The Wandering Paisa Hostel. My own family tried to do it to me when I got here.

Filled me with horror stories about foreigners getting mugged in plain daylight, getting taken on la vuelta millionaria where they take you at gun point to different ATMs and make you withdraw money, etc. So yes your fiance and her friends were being way too over protective and scared you, that area by the stadium is fine, especially la 70 at night. The whole thing about traveling is that you have to be more on guard than you do in your own town in the U. She can buy a brand new AKT scooter not cheap for that price: I read your article and I really enjoyed it and I got great information from it.

Is there any truth to that and what can I do? I suggest you pose the question on an expat group in Facebook: Hostels are relatively cheap here in Medellin.

A couple of my favorites are: Check em out Wandering Paisa Hostel. If you want to be in the Poblado neighborhood, where most tourists are. You might get tired of the dorm life at the hostels. If so, you might want to check out some rooms for rent on Couch Surfing or on the many Facebook Groups.

You could get a job and you could get a work visa. It depends on what your credentials are and what the job is. I have many friends who are here on work visas, so it is possible, but not easy. If I were you, I would start looking into that now, not when you get here. Spanish is pretty critical here. Most of the population here does not speak English at all.

Anyway, to answer your questions: The great thing about Colombian women is that there is not just one type of guy that they like.

Carrying a bank card is fine. What a great article and blog. Thanks for the amazing insight. Just had a couple of questions. I will be visiting Medellin with 3 other Puerto Rican friends in November. We will be staying at am apartment we rented in El Poblado. What recommendations do you have in regards to restaurants, bars, clubs to go to. Also, what safety issues should we keep in mind while in the area. Hey Jaime, thanks for the comment. I actually wrote a nightlife post that you might find helpful: Are there any christian churches such as Pentecostal and Baptist churches in Middellin?

Just reading these comments and how you respond to them especially negative ones gives me a good sense of the kind of person you are. Your students must feel very lucky to have you. Hi Caleb, thank you for your kind words and invitation. I most definitely will make my way to Japan, awesome to know someone over there. Andrew- Soy Miguel se Seattle. I just returned from Medellin and Quilla for carnival and found the women in Colombia difficult to deal with or interact unless handled them with kid gloves.

Can you hit me up? Gracias hermano, Miguel Aguilar Seattle Firefighter. Hola Miguel, yes, for the most part women way more feminine than those in the U. Which is why I love them. I have, however, used ColombiaCupid. Feel free to add me on Facebook. I tried to send you an e-mail message on your e-mail address that you indicated in this blog, but it bounced back stating that Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected.

I had some questions that I wanted to ask you via e-mail only, but the e-mail message was not delivered to the e-mail address that you indicated in the blog. The e-mail address that I used to send the e-mail message to you was: I tried Colombian cupid. A dating expert told me,that only the average Colombian women use the site. And the top most beautiful women did not.

Recently I met a women,from Medellin. I enjoy spending time with her. She recently had breast implants. Is that common in Medellin? She seems to be so concern about her body. I never met a women in USA,so concern about that. A few weeks ago,I found out that shes a cam girl model in Colombia.

That really got me upset. A lot of perverts try to contact her. Being that you live in Medellin. Do you know women who work as cam girls? Cause this women,seems like a great person.

Is just the cam thing,that bothers me. Even though she assure me,its only to pay for her studies. Not even her mom knows about it. Is this usual in Medellin? It bothers me,that all the perverts bother her all the time. Theres a lot of guys,interested in her. Shes use to being told how beautiful she is. But besides this,me cae bien. And know the way of life there. Should I keep seeing her? Hi Phil, thanks for the comment. Let me answer your questions to the best of my abilities: Not all Colombian women are on Colombian Cupid there are more than 20 million women in Colombia, therefore, not all are on there…or have even heard of the site.

Plastic surgery in Colombia is low cost in comparison to the US and other countries and the level of quality can be very good, hence, Colombia being a leader in plastic surgery and at the top of plastic surgery patients. Both men and women get stuff done here, so, yes, breast implants are common. Yes I know a couple girls that are CAM girls.

And yes, they do it for the money. They earn great money because they get paid in foreign currency. My advice about seeing this girl…keep her as a friend. If you were living here in Medellin that would be different. Thank you,I really appreciated.

It would be great to live there,if I can find a decent job. I need to see what kind of Visa is require. So I can know everything I need to know about the city. Thank you very much. Any tips for a solo female traveler? Other than the things you would watch out for in any city, is there anything else to be aware of? The media often portrays Colombia as extremely dangerous for females—not being able to walk out into the street alone during the day, people robbing you at knifepoint, etc.

Hello Andrew…many thanks for a very informative blog. Muchas gracias mi hermano…take care… David. Thank you for the insightful information you have provided about your life experiences living in Medellin. Can you give input on living in other cities in Colombia? I have heard about some other cities in Colombia, that I would like to visit and spend time. Bogota the capital, obviously , Villavicencio, Cali, and Bucaramanga.

I was thinking of coming to Colombia to live for a bit or longer in the near future. Jobwise, I would look to do a computer job and teach English.

Any input, dating and otherwise, would be greatly appreciated. I currently live in Miami, Florida and was raised here. Thank you in advance. Xavier, I lived in Bogota for 6 months 5 years ago and it was great. Loads of things to do, restaurants, bars, nightlife, etc.

Andrew, just wanted to complement you for your blog. I just returned from Medellin last night. For years I heard about the women in Medellin so I finally decided to go and see what was all the fuss about.

Let me tell you!! We are from Southern California, we both speak Spanish so that was very helpful. The women and the people in Medellin are very social and very helpful. The beauty of their women was beyond my expectation.

I have been to approximately 25 countries around the world but the GDP of beautiful women per capita in Medellin is off the chart. By talking to women I met I was able to tell that they are very open minded and things are a little bit different than in the US. I am writing about my own experience and these are my personal opinions. Though, I will have to better discribe them their butts as badankadonks. My advise to anyone going there with the intent to meet women there for a relationship, friendship or dating is to do the work before getting there.

Get on a dating site to talk and meet people so that you are set once you get there. Establish friendship before getting there to maximize your opportunities!! For women plastic surgery is more important than getting a car or a motorcycle. Because they want to be attractive for their men. There are more women than men. You can get around the city with Uber it works great. You can get money from most ATMs make sure you let your bank know about it before you go. Bring a buddy all girls will set you up with their friends and you can share the hotel cost.

Yes most foreigners are welcome, they are very curious to meet people from other countries even other Latin countries. Be safe, be courteous, and have fun. Therefore, I wanted to ask you, if you know some people who did wwoofing and maybe know some, who actually need some help somewhere in Medellin or anywhere else in Colombia? Plus, do you have any recommandations, like places to visit, restaurants in Medellin, Street arts, music festivals and more?

I really want to feel and be part of that culture! Hi Anthony, thanks for the comment. So you might want to plan you trip around festivals. Yeah, your blog is always entertaining and interesting to read and then revisit at times… I travel quite often, working in Afghanistan with lots of time off in between tours but I have yet to travel through south America.

Plan on visiting for the first time, maybe AirBnB a week here n there, for a total of a month or so to start this july … Medellin, cali, etc. My buddy from argentina says I look argentine but should get that gringo effect you mentioned with my gringo look with longer dark hair, obvious American accent. Dunno what im gonna do for shoes yet but im sure some pants like you have and some V-necks and I should be ok.

What about the other way around? Are Colombian guys as interested in American girls as Colombian girls are in American guys?

Will being American work to my advantage or will it just make me stand out? Hi Nicole, thanks for the comment. I have quite a few white, girl friends here. From the US and Europe and all of them have great luck here. They are seen as exotic…and sexy by guys here. Even the not so attractive ones get play.

Just for their blond hair and white skin. She wrote a pretty good guest blog post about her experience here: This is her site: Here are a couple other great posts: It seems you are still paying attention to this blog of yours and I take the opportunity to ventilate my roller-coaster feelings after writing a Colombian girl via hotmail.

Normally I am a quite suspicious person and I give notice to inconsistencies in a story that leads me to believe that bogus is going on. Maybe I can believe this girl or she is a master to deceive me and trick money out of me. So far what she tells me about herself is possible. Some questions about financial support are reasonable. I met her as a camgirl, yes I know, red alert, but wait. We came to talk a lot with each other in pvt, she was fully dressed all the time but she did a good show for me some days earlier.

She told me she felt dirty, used and disgusted to be there and her mother disliked it. She is 24 years and lives with her parents. Many Colombian girls are doing that, she said. Yes, that seems to be true, many write that in their bios. She wanted to quit the site within the next two days, it was pure coincidence I was there before she checked out.

I never thought she would write. We have exchanged about 25 mails each since. She sent non-nude photos of herself to prove that she was the one I saw on the cam site. I offered her to learn English if I pay her, asked her to find an institute and show me the costs. Capitol with T-shirts saying "Believe Women.

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