The airport is in Rionegro, a town 34 km from Poblado, the area of Medellín where we have rented an AirBnB for the next two weeks. As Hernando drives it is clear we are going down in elevation. My ears need constant popping. Later I look it up: the airport is at 7,000 feet while the flat area of Medellín where we are staying is at 5,000 feet. During our descent we see the city below us with a layer of smog hanging about mountain-top height, a problem we have seen in other cities located in mountain valleys. We'll have to see how bad it is here.
An hour after meeting Hernando near baggage claim he delivers us to Juan, who owns/manages the apartment with his mother. He speaks perfect English so I don't need to pull out Google Translate. Yeah! The apartment is in a nice, modern complex with two swimming pools and an exercise room located next to the Museo de Arte Moderno and a park. It has a nice view of the city edging it's way up the mountainsides.
After dinner we are too tired and I feel too sick to go to the jazz concert, even though we both would love to attend. Happily we are able to hear the music simply by opening the windows in the master bedroom.