March 22 Visit to Medellin’s “Science World”

I elected to skip out out doing work in favour of heading to Parque Explora along the metro line today.  It was like visiting Science World and the Aquarium in one go.  I was luck enough that they had English audio tours, although they had to really dig through the cupboard to find one.  I also followed the signs to the aquarium entry, only to end up in the bowels of maintenance.  A very forgiving employee took me by the hand and led me to where the hordes of school kids were jostling for position in front of the exotic fish exhibits.

They also had a very cool exhibit on Darwin where one of the docents, who appear to be in his early 20’s, waxed poetic about his desire to do his post-doctorate at UBC, then gave me a personalized tour through the exhibit.  I think he wanted to practice his English.  I also had a friendly encounter in the aquarium where a helpful guide who didn’t speak English worked really hard with my brutal pidgin Spanish to explain the effect of the geography and climate on Colombia’s ecology.  These are only 2 examples of the many amazing interactions we’ve had while in Colombia where people have gone far out of their way to be accommodating and engaging.  Rumours of the dangers and inhospitable locals have yet to materialize…