Many readers of the Medellin Guru website asked that we host meetups in Medellín. So, we started having meetups in Medellín over a year ago. And we are having our 16th monthly meetup on December 10, 2019.
We previously held 12 meetups in El Poblado, two meetups in Envigado and one meetup in Sabaneta. Readers asked that we don’t only host our meetups in El Poblado and asked us to also host events in Envigado, Laureles and Sabaneta.
So, in December 2019 we are having our second event in Sabaneta. And unfortunately we haven’t yet found a venue large enough for our events in Laureles.
The Medellín Guru meetups are the largest monthly events for foreigners in Medellín. Over 175 people on average attended each of our last 11 monthly meetups. And over 210 attended our November event at 20Mission Cerveza.
For our December 2019 Medellin Guru meetup, we are meeting at the Mercado de Sabaneta in Sabaneta, which is a new gastronomic market with many food options and a large space for mingling.
December 2019 Medellin Guru Meetup Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: Mercado de Sabaneta, Calle 70Sur # 43A-47, Sabaneta
We also will have a free beer available for our December Medellin Guru meetup for our first 75 guests at Mercado de Sabaneta.
So, the first 75 guests to arrive will receive a free beer, courtesy of Mercado de Sabaneta.
Please RSVP for our December 2019 Medellin Guru Meetup
Our December 2019 Medellin Guru meetup is a good way to network and meet other expats living in Medellín or visiting Medellín. So, join the Medellin Guru staff, readers and friends for food and drinks at Mercado de Sabaneta.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP so we know how many will show up on December 10. There are four ways to RSVP:
- On Facebook. To RSVP on Facebook you will need to be a member of our Medellin Guru Events & Discussion Forum. RSVP on Facebook Also, a new Facebook “feature” – to show that you are “Going” to the Medellin Guru meetup, you need to click on the “Interested” button twice for the “Going” button to show up.
- In the comments below, you can RSVP by simply leaving a comment.
- On Meetup.com. We have a Medellin Guru group on Meetup.com. RSVP on Meetup.com
- Also, you can RSVP via our Medellin Guru Contact form.
Also, attending meetups is one of 13 best ways to meet friends in Medellín as an expat. Please invite your friends to our December 2019 Medellin Guru meetup and like and share the event on Facebook!
There is no entrance fee required to attend Medellin Guru meetups and no membership is required.
In addition, at this meetup you will have the opportunity to meet Jeff, the founder of Medellin Guru. So, you can recommend topics for articles you would like to see on Medellin Guru.
Get Your Visa, Legal, Health Insurance and Real Estate Questions Answered!
Some of the most frequently asked questions on the Medellin Guru website have been about visas, health insurance, healthcare, Colombian taxes, legal issues and real estate. So, for our events we invite experts who will be there to answer your questions. We had over 10 experts at each of our past 11 events to answer attendee questions.
For our meetup in December, we are inviting several experts who can answer your questions about visas, health insurance, legal issues, investments and real estate. So far we have confirmed the following experts will attend:
- Visa Questions: the visa agency Expatgroup.co will be there to answer visa questions.
- Health Insurance Questions: insurance broker Angela Berrio will be at our meetup and can answer health insurance questions.
- Real Estate Questions: real estate agents from the RE/MAX Coffee Realty company will be there and can answer real estate questions.
- Real Estate Questions: Joseph Sexton and staff from the local real estate company Welcome to Medellin Realty will be there and can answer real estate questions.
- Dental Questions: Sanadent Odontólogos will be there and can answer questions about dental services.
- U.S. Veteran Questions: Veteran’s Service Officer (VSO) Danilo Bryan will be at the meetup and can help U.S. veterans with healthcare issues such as filing claims. And he recently opened the Healthcare Colombia office in Sabaneta.
Also, we invited several other experts who can answer other types of expat questions. We expect to have additional experts at our December meetup.
More About Mercado de Sabaneta
This new food market opened in July 2019. And it has already become popular. Mercado de Sabaneta has several small format restaurants with a big variety of cuisines available.
At this food market, food is purchased at the small format restaurants. And food is eaten at several bar-height and several lower tables, which are cleaned quickly and efficiently by the staff. Also, there are some TVs for watching sports.
There currently is a total of about 15 food and drink places at Mercado de Sabaneta. So, there will be big selection of food available at our September meetup.
Food options include arepas, traditional Colombian, gourmet hotdogs, pizza, steaks, sushi and much more. Also, there are two floors in this large food market with space for over 250 people.
For our meetup, we will be in the meeting on the first floor in a large space with high tables making it easier for mingling.
See the 2019 Christmas Lights in Parque Sabaneta
We are holding or December Medellin Guru Meetup in Mercado de Sabaneta, which is located only about a block from Parque Sabaneta.
There is a Christmas lights display in Parque Sabaneta each year. And families from around the metro area come to Parque Sabaneta during this time of year. During the Christmas season, this park is normally full of people every weekend. Also, we have photos of the 2019 Christmas lights in Sabaneta.
The Christmas lights display will be on in Parque Sabaneta during our Medellin Guru event from 6 pm to midnight. So, you can see the Christmas lights in the park before or after our event.
How to Get to Mercado de Sabaneta
The easiest way to get to Mercado de Sabaneta in Sabaneta is using the Medellín Metro. To get there take the Line A metro to the Sabaneta metro station, which is only 10 minutes from the Poblado metro station.
Mercado de Sabaneta is located about a block and half from Parque Sabaneta. And Parque Sabaneta is located about a 10-minute walk east from the Sabaneta metro station. In addition, there are many people walking on the streets to/from the metro station. So, it’s relatively safe during the day and even after dark – but not too late.
In addition, there is a taxi stand at the Sabaneta metro station, which normally has taxis available and the taxi fare to Mercado de Sabaneta is only about a minimum fare of 5,500 pesos.
Furthermore, any taxi or Uber driver in Medellín will know where Parque Sabaneta is located. Also, it’s normally pretty easy to catch a taxi at the park.
To get to Mercado de Sabaneta from Parque Sabaneta go to the right of the Igelsia de Santa Ana church at the park. Walk to the right of the church and go east a block and half and Mercado de Sabaneta will be located on the right.
Address: Calle 70Sur # 43A-47, Sabaneta.
Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 12:30 pm to 10:00 pm; Friday and Saturday: 12:30 pm to 11:00 pm.
Photos from Our Previous Medellin Guru Meetups
We had over 150 attendees at our September 2019 meetup at Mercado de Sabaneta. Also, we have averaged over 165 attendees at each of our past 11 monthly meetups, which makes them the largest monthly events for foreigners in Medellín.
In November 2019, we hit a record of over 210 attendees for our event at 20Mission Cerveza in El Poblado. In addition, we expect another good turnout in December. Here are are three photos from our November 2019 event:
The Bottom Line: December 2019 Medellin Guru Meetup at Mercado de Sabaneta
In response to demand from readers, Medellin Guru is hosting our 16th Medellin Guru meetup at Mercado de Sabaneta in Sabaneta on December 10.
This meetup is a great way to meet other expats in Medellín. It’s also a good way to get your questions answered from several experts we invite to the meetup and also from experienced expats at the event who have been living in Medellín for many years.
Also, a free beer is available at our December meetup for the first 75 guests, courtesy of Mercado de Sabaneta.
In addition, about 16 months ago we launched the Medellin Guru Events & Discussion Forum on Facebook for readers to keep up with our events and enable discussions between readers. This group already has over 1,900 members and is very active with over 1,500 posts, comments and reactions in the past month.
Many readers of the Medellin Guru website asked that we start having Medellin Guru events and also provide a discussion forum for readers. So, we now have both.
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