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alejo_muskus
March 19th, 2005, 02:31 AM
First, I want to say hello to all the New Yorkers and non New Yorkers reading this post. I'm from Colombia and I traveled to NYC with my family on January, fron the 15th to the 24th and I must say that it has been the best week of my life!!!!!!

I loved everything, visited all the prime sights (couldn't leave Times Square...yeah, I know it's a tourist trap but it's amazing!!!!) as you can see on the pictures, the snow (even do I live in the tropics I've always been a cold weather person) and yes, the people, it is great to meet on every corner someone from a different country and eager to help with directions or take a picture for you and of you.

Hope everybody likes the pictures and would love to get some feedback (in total I took almost 1800 pics, these are just 40 I picked... and yes, that's me on Brooklyn Bridge).

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To view the rest of the pics go to New_York_Images (http://usera.imagecave.com/alejo%5Fmuskus/New%5FYork%5FImages/)

kmistic
March 20th, 2005, 10:00 PM
Looks like you had a great time. Cant wait untill my next visit.

TLOZ Link5
March 25th, 2005, 12:46 PM
Hi alejo! Excellent pictures. Where in Colombia are you from?

Dennis
March 27th, 2005, 05:09 PM
Hi there, greetings from the netherlands!

nice pictures, dont feel sorry to post more!

alejo_muskus
March 29th, 2005, 12:49 AM
Yes, I had a great time and I'm definetely looking forward to my next visit, probably in the summer because of what I have seen in pics it is a totally different city and ambiance.

I'm from Medellin.

There is another post with pics of Central Park in Winter but i'll try post some more....

TLOZ Link5
March 29th, 2005, 09:38 PM
Always good to see new pics.

Ah, Medellín...the City of Eternal Spring. Would you consider starting a thread of your photos of your city, my good Paisa? Or is it Paiso, since you're a guy? :D

I was asking because, not to speak for him, krulltime is from Cali.

alejo_muskus
March 31st, 2005, 01:10 AM
TLOZ: You have no idea how amazed I am to see that someone knows about the city of eternal spring in this forum and not some quick drug-related comment.

But recently I was also pleasantly surprised because a nice thing happened to me in NYC. The first night I was there I went to the hotel bar (Garvey's at the Milford) and ended hooking up with a girl and a couple of her friends, they were staying at The Avalon hotel so after the bar closed we went there. The girl 's name is Jodie and she works in GE, in the IT division, in Connecticut, or near Washington, unfortunately I don't have more data (no phone number or email, so if she's reading this...)

I must confess I was a little scared because I had just arrived 4 hours before so I hadn't been around the city and had no idea where I was going. When I told them I was from Colombia, and seeing that I was fuc**** freezing because I only had a sweater on because I still hadn't measured how cold it was, they said that colombian coffee is excellent and they took it upon themselves to look for a place that sold colombian coffee at 4:30 am, they found it and really a cup of coffee has never tasted so good. So yes, I felt excellent, it was the best welcome I could ever have.

Paisa is used for male or female. I really don't have pics of Medellin, usually you take pics as a tourist, not in your hometown, but I'll take some to post here.

TLOZ Link5
March 31st, 2005, 01:21 PM
Well, I've been quite fascinated by Colombia for some time — and not for drug stereotypes. Colombia is supposed to be the mythical El Dorado, not to mention that Pablo Escobar has been dead for 12 years. From what I've heard, Medellín has been doing so much better, so let's bring its reputation up to date. I guess it comes from living in New York and having to deal with similar, obsolete perceptions of a crime-ridden, failed metropolis (Hello? Safest city in the U.S.? Shmeesh...), so I can empathize. That's not what New York nor Medellín are.

But I digress.

I'm so glad that you had a great time, and I'm looking forward to the pics of Medellín.

Golden Eagle
April 5th, 2005, 12:51 AM
That would be an interesting thread on Medellin...

Great pics here, by the way. I wish Times Square didn't look so cheesy, but there it is, and I wouldn't have it any other way! :)

alejo_muskus
April 5th, 2005, 01:34 AM
I must say that in general I felt pretty safe in NYC and I rode on the subway alone at 11 pm, walked through Washington Square late at night and took a cab at 4 am without knowing the city, just the place I was going to by name.... I heard that NYC has changed from the 90's, didn't visit then but It's great that people feel it that way. Remember the Simpsons ep. in NYC? just saw it on fox...

Medellin has also changed a lot, still is somewhat dangerous but the feeling of security has increased, as well as the happiness of its inhabitants.

And Times Square.. I have to agrre with you, I wouldn't change it for anything!!!!!! I stayed in NYC 8 days and passed or went there everyday...

microserf
April 10th, 2005, 11:20 PM
Well, I've been quite fascinated by Colombia for some time — and not for drug stereotypes. Colombia is supposed to be the mythical El Dorado, not to mention that Pablo Escobar has been dead for 12 years. From what I've heard, Medellín has been doing so much better, so let's bring its reputation up to date. I guess it comes from living in New York and having to deal with similar, obsolete perceptions of a crime-ridden, failed metropolis (Hello? Safest city in the U.S.? Shmeesh...), so I can empathize. That's not what New York nor Medellín are.

But I digress.

I'm so glad that you had a great time, and I'm looking forward to the pics of Medellín.

:)

My folks just got back from their QM2 trip. Mum said that when they were on some sort of public transport, Dad made a comment about NYC being a war zone.. granted to his credit, he was an OR physician back in the early 70's during the gang wars (something about mau mau's?) and actually had to sew up quite a few gunshot/stab wounds, etc.. So his perspective is of a former OR physician, seeing the terrible things peeps would do to each other @ night.

The tour bus guide got angry and exclaimed that she could walk in her neighborhood @ midnight in NYC, and felt completely safe. Seems like NYC'ers get their feathers a little ruffled when it comes to those misconceptions. To save face, mum threw in that Mayor Giuliani must have "cleaned up the city since then", and that calmed the lady down. :)

apple3.1415
April 11th, 2005, 02:09 AM
Sorry guys for butting in. By the way, real nice pictures. I have some weird pictures on www.norfolk2005.com (http://www.norfolk2005.com) Sorry for the inrupt. Oh yeah, does anyone know what an Amex Centurion card is?