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I was lucky to have been able to obtain a "Polaris" seat on the first revenue flight of United's first Boeing 777-300, the "New Spirit of United". A few days ago, there was a ceremonial first flight for invited guests. Thus, today's flight was essentially a normal flight, other than the Polaris polar bears that everyone in the Polaris cabin received. The level of service on the flight was typical for an international aircraft on a domestic flight. That said, the cabin crew was excellent! And as a bonus, there were clear skies and beautiful views over the Colorado Rockies! #UnitedPolaris

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Today marks the inaugural revenue flight for United's new 777-300 and the introduction of the new Polaris business class seat into service! They've done quite a good job with it! Love the modern design and love having direct aisle access at every seat up front especially as I typically take the window seat! The future begins today!
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Its been quite awhile since I was last at the World Trade Center complex. Since then I've really only seen it from afar, mostly from EWR. I can say that everything is quite well done and modern. The memorial pools are peaceful with the sound of running water and even a bit of a rainbow caused by the slight amount of mist created by the cascading water. The Oculus is impressive as an American transportation hub, integrating retail space into an expansive structure not often seen in American transit design. And the views from the observation deck are what you'd expect.

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The Museum of Antioquia houses a collection of art with a major focus on Medellin native Fernando Botero.

One of the current exhibitions is titled Relics, featuring preserved mementos of those who have died in the decades long conflict here in Colombia. I could feel the meaning of the space even before I read the explanatory text outside the room. Inside, it was cold with strong air conditioning in a simple room neatly lined with preserved items in boxes. It felt very military, like how you would except the bodies of fallen soldiers who have recently been brought home awaiting their funerals to be treated.

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The historic center of Medellin, the Candelaria, is a place where locals gather and is filled with various plazas, churches, and stores. The area of most interest for tourists is the Botero Plaza featuring a number of large sculptures by Botero. The Antioquia Museum is adjacent to the plaza and features Botero's art as well as works by others.

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Atop a small hill in the city of Medellin is the Pueblito Paisa, a replica of a small rural village. Having been to more rural locations, the replica town isn't too impressive. Its a few colorful buildings selling the same souvenirs and food that you see everywhere else in urban Colombia. But, being on a hill in the middle of the city, there are fantastic views!

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The botanical garden in Medellin is located in a convenient spot adjacent to a Metro station. Its a nice big park with free entry. It has multiple zones with different plant life as well as an interesting architectural feature where the orchids are kept. And there is also a butterfly garden! A very nice place for a stroll and definitely better than Bogota's!

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Arvi Park is in northeastern Medellin at 3,000 feet above the valley floor. It is easily accessible via the Metrocable which is integrated into the city's Metro system. The park is a bit of a confusing place as to what you can actually do and where it is safe to walk around. It seemed as if a guide is required to leave the roads and go into the forest but I'm not sure if that is due to preventing abuse of the forest or security.

I ended up doing a 3 hour guided walking tour with about 20 people. It initially followed a small road up a gradual incline. It eventually changed to a stone walking path which led up a wetlands area as well as a lake, both of which had a decent quantity of water. A short hike from there led to a nice viewpoint above the city of Medellin. Overall, it was a nice hike and interesting to see various ecosystems such as the forest and the wetlands.

I'm guessing that the areas that are further away from the Metrocable station aren't entirely safe. During the latter part of the walk, once we entered the stone path area, we were shadowed by police on horseback. While its very common in Colombia to see the police as well as the Army patrolling tourist, having them go along with us is new to me. That said, I did see people walking around in small groups - its always hard as an outsider to judge.

It appears that it is no longer possible to share albums on +Google+ and have them show up as albums like before. Now they appear to just be a link to a +Google Photos page. Bad +Google, bad!!!

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The Metrocable in Medellin is the world's first commuter gondola system, built to provide mass transit to the hills around the valley that contains the city. Due to the steepness of the valley, no other form of transit was viable. In addition to the commuter lines, there is also a tourist line that heads up to 8,000 feet, a good 3,000 or so above the valley floor. The view from the gondolas is, of course, phenomenal. It really shows how the city has filled the small valley down below.
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