Posted on 23 July 2010
In Bogota, I've found that most of the nicer gyms charge as much, if not more, than they do back home, but if you sign up for six or twelve months, you can often get up to a 50% discount, and services such as a personal trainer and spa and beauty treatments are cheaper.
Posted on 22 July 2010
Bogota is kind of like New York, with its thousands of cafes, restaurants, museums, attractions, and hotels. Just throw in extra pollution, weirder architecture, some crappy sidewalks, a bit of subdued Latin flair and you’ve got Colombia’s capital city.
Posted on 06 July 2010
If you're like most expats, you can't help but wondering about safety and convenience. While being the lone Gringo in a dangerous neighborhood in the middle of nowhere might be some people's idea of adventure, most of us are looking for a safe, comfortable neighborhood with easy access to transportation, restaurants and shops.
Posted on 02 July 2010
So you finally did it: You quit your job, sold your home and bought a one way ticket somewhere south of the U.S/Mexico border; fast forward a couple months and you're living the so-called dream life somwhere near the Equator but it's not exactly the glamerous existence you'd been anticipating.
Posted on 30 June 2010
If your idea of retirement is living a simple life in a small house far outside any major city, then yes, you can probably live on $1,000 a month. Of course, if you want to live in a nice apartment in a nice part of town in a large city, your cost of life goes up. But the truth is, it's really quite hard to answer this question because some countries are more expensive than others and some cities are pricier than others.
Posted on 10 June 2010
You won't have to wait long before a very professional waiter or waitress approaches you. But while Colombian servers and baristas generally acknowledge your existence in a friendly way, sometimes they forget about you and you, the customer, are not necessary always right.
Posted on 28 March 2010
People often ask me what motivated me to leave the U.S. for Colombia. Most of the time, the askers are Colombians themselves, many of whom would do pretty much anything to get a visa to the U.S. or Canada and can't understand why someone would willingly choose to move to the "disaster" (their words not mine) that is Latin America.