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Living in Colombia: New Year’s Eve

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New Year’s Eve in Colombia It’s not a secret that I have a strong preference for spending New year’s Eve in Colombia. Though I may visit family and friends in the states to celebrate other end-of-the-year holidays, I love the joy and exuberation Colombians and other Latin Americans express, and this year, more than before, […]

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Living in Colombia: Aguardiente and Guaro

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Aguardiente and Guaro In Colombia, Aguardiente and Guaro are considered by some as spirits fit only for the younger set, those bent on getting viciously drunk as quickly as possible and dancing all night long with untamed passion. Not so. Both drinks, nationally favored in Colombia, specifically Aguardiente can be mixed by a good bartender […]

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Living in Colombia: Huila

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There are ex-pats living in Huila who think they have found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Huila (pronounced wee-la) is a department (state or province) in central Colombia and the capital city is Neiva. Located in the valley of the Magdalena River, the population is approximately 400,000. Neive is the […]

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Living in Colombia: Salento, Quindio

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Salento Salento, Quindío, Colombia is where expats go to live a stylish country life. Salento is a choice for many expats who aren’t interested in the heat and humidity of the coast and prefer a more temperate climate. The coast can be very hot and humid; not everyone wants to live in that kind of […]

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Living in Colombia: Trade Alliance

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Colombia’s Trade Alliance Complementarity refers to an equal and fair trade alliance. Colombia and the United States have traded bilaterally with a well developed and strong agreement on a long-term basis. This has managed to drive economic growth in both countries and created hundreds of thousands of jobs. It is not surprising to note that […]

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Living in Colombia: Bike Routes

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Bike Routes in Colombia Bicycles have taken over Bogotá, Colombia and for riders this is great news. There are more than 300 km of bike lanes and they go everywhere. The bike paths, Ciclorutas de Bogotá as they are known in Spanish, began construction in 2005 and were completed in 2011, but additions and improvements […]

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Living in Colombia: Festival of El Pirarucú

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Festival of El Pirarucú The biggest celebration in Colombia happens every November and it is colossal. El Pirarucú de Oro involves Colombia, Brazil and Peru. Initiated in 1987 as a music festival, it is an event where the music, traditions and culture of the Amazon converge. Held in Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia, the festival is named […]

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Living in Colombia: Festival of El Pirarucú

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Festival of El Pirarucú The biggest celebration in Colombia happens every November and it is colossal. El Pirarucú de Oro involves Colombia, Brazil and Peru. Initiated in 1987 as a music festival, it is an event where the music, traditions and culture of the Amazon converge. Held in Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia, the festival is named […]

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Living in Colombia: The Biodiversity

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The Biodiversity of Colombia Megadiverse is how Columbia is described, an environment that is home to nearly 10% of the earth’s biodiversity. Columbia ranks globally number one in the diversity of bird and orchid species, as well as being second in amphibians, butterflies, plant life and freshwater fish.  This is an amazing fact considering its […]

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Living in Colombia: La Candelaria

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La Candelaria is the official first settlement in Bogotá, the capital of Columbia, founded in the early 16th century, though many consider the Plaza de Bolívar the true center of the city. La Candelaria has a very sentimental colonial ambiance about it. Many of the homes have been standing for several centuries; the streets are […]

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Living in Columbia: The Coffee

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“Greatness starts with a great cup of coffee” is the hallmark of coffee marketing. Coffee that has traditionally come from Columbia has a face, the familiar Juan Valdez. Though there is a lot of competition coming from Kenya, Guatemala, Brazil and other regions, Columbia has held the corner on branding. Brazil continues to produce the […]

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Living in Columbia: Who Are Colombians?

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  There are nearly 50 million people in Colombia, though if you travel around, you might wonder where they all are. The cities, of course, are heavily populated, as with any country but even with so many wide open spaces, high mountains and dense jungle, there is an abundance of space. The highest concentrations of […]

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Living in Columbia: The Money

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Money in Columbia Everyone agrees the best way to exchange your money is by using the ATM (cajero) machines. Be careful and don’t use the ones on the streets as they are less reliable and often subject to vandalism and tampering. Always protect your PIN (or NIP in Spanish) by shielding the keypad with your […]

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Living in Columbia: Mañana Time

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Mañana Time in Columbia When you move to Columbia, it’s important… as a matter of fact, it’s imperative, to know that you will be adopting a special lifestyle. Latin countries simply move at a slower pace than their northern neighbors; knowing this before arrival will benefit you greatly. Servicio lento, translated as slow service, is […]

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Living in Columbia: About Barranquilla

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Barranquilla, the largest city and port in the region, is a stunningly gorgeous Caribbean city in northern Columbia. With an average temperature of 82F (28C) degrees, it’s easy to understand why people flock to Baranquilla. Though Barranquilla falls in fourth place behind the larger Columbian cities of Bogotá, Medellín and Cali, it boasts a population […]

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Vallarta Living: Dogs Dont Like Thunder

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Dogs and Thunder It’s called Strom Phobia and our pup suffers from this horrible affliction here in Puerto Vallarta during rainy season. We always know when a storm is brewing because the pup starts the panting/pacing ritual that precedes thunder and lightning. Pup seems to want to be on top of us, or maybe inside […]

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Vallarta Living: 911 is Coming To Town

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911 Comes to Puerto Vallarta For many years we were taught to dial 066 in Puerto Vallarta for an emergency and though, thankfully, we haven’t put it to much use, we will soon be able to revert to the ubiquitous 911 that is being adopted, slowly but surely, for more global usage. Getting the world […]

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Living in Columbia: It Is Safe!

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Safety in Columbia When I talk to friends about Columbia, the first thing they think of is cartel. Not many realize that Medellin is actually the name of a city. Fondly referred to as The City of Eternal Spring by locals, it is a fact that Medellin, Columbia has one of the most temperate climates […]

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Ex-Pats in Columbia

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Ex-Pats in Columbia Columbia is becoming a very desirable destination for ex-pats from around the world. North Americans are flocking here for all the right reasons. Columbians are some of the friendliest people in the world and you can’t beat the cost of living. It’s a great place to settle for those who have found […]

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Cost of Living in Columbia

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Cost of Living in Columbia It will cost you a lot less to live in Columbia and thousands of ex-pats have settled throughout the country. Your eating habits are likely to change since most of those foods you’re accustomed back home are imported and will put a major dent in your wallet, since they’re loaded […]

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