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Queuing in Colombia

December 14, 2017 // 1 Comment

It’s funny, the other day a Colombian man posted a question in the ExPats in Colombia Facebook group. He asked why it was that Brits in Colombia always asked people – who were clearly standing in a queue – if they were queuing. He said it had happened to him a number of times and he found it odd that someone would ask something where the answer is so [more]

Where to drink specialty coffee in Bogota

December 9, 2017 // 2 Comments

Now that I’ve done a coffee farm tour just outside of Bogota, and have been on a coffee shop tour in the centre of Bogota, I thought I’d let you know what my favourite coffee shops are in Bogota, according to my recently acquired knowledge on the subject of specialty coffee! Specialty coffee is the finest quality of coffee, cultivated, roasted and [more]

Bogota’s Museum of Contemporary Art

December 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

I’m a big art-lover, as you’ll see from my Instagram! One of the best things about living in Bogota is being able to see art on the streets everyday. The Bogota Graffiti Tour takes people on a walk through the centre of Bogota and the Candelaria, and introduces the work of Bogota’s most renowned street artists. The Candelaria has numerous museums [more]

Vegetarian restaurants in Bogota

December 1, 2017 // 2 Comments

I’ve heard a few people say that it’s not easy being a vegetarian in Colombia, as meat is such a big part of the Colombian diet. Indeed, I’ve also heard some Colombians say that a meal without any meat is not a proper meal! I’m not a vegetarian but I’m not a big meat-eater either. So eating meat a few times a week in Bogota, when in [more]

18 coworking spaces in Bogota, Colombia

August 29, 2017 // 2 Comments

When looking for ideas for new blog-posts, I often pay attention to the kinds of questions that people are asking in the Bogota Facebook groups. I’ve noticed that people often ask about coworking spaces in Bogota. So, I decided to go through the recommendations and do a bit of my own research, and I’ve put together a list of all the ones I could find [more]

The best Colombian coffee farm tour near Bogota

August 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

As a Brit through and through, it should come as no surprise that I’m a proud tea-drinker. But even I have to admit that there’s nothing like farm fresh Colombian coffee! So when Chantelle from Andes Ecotours invited me to join her on their coffee farm tour, I jumped at the chance! I had actually been on this tour once before in 2013, but it has changed a lot [more]

Learning to love my ‘moustache’ in Bogota

July 17, 2017 // 1 Comment

Getting a manicure is cheap in Bogota – around $4 dollars at most places. One afternoon, I was browsing on Facebook when I saw an indignant post from my friend Emily, who also lives in Bogota: “I just went to the salon to get a manicure and they asked me if I wanted my mustache waxed!! I do NOT have a mustache!!! [angry-face]”. (It’s true. [more]

Bogota’s most enchanting bookstore

July 14, 2017 // 2 Comments

Most travelers often bring a good book with them to read on their journey. As I was planning to move to Colombia indefinitely, I wondered where I would find affordable English books in Bogota. I knew from a past visit that books here were expensive, so in the end, I solved the problem by getting a Kindle. Truth be told, it has been my savior here many-a-time! But [more]

Useful contacts if you’re moving to Colombia

April 20, 2017 // 4 Comments

I’m always really pleased when my readers get in touch with me via the blog or leave a comment. People have asked me so many different questions about living in and moving to Colombia, and while I’m happy to help when I can, I don’t always have the right expertise. The most common questions relate to private Spanish teachers, Colombian visas, how [more]

23 great places to eat in Bogota

February 13, 2017 // 6 Comments

I always joke that Bogotá is where I ‘unlearned’ how to cook. It is so easy to get food delivered, or to go out and eat somewhere for a reasonable price, that I’ve become extremely lazy in the kitchen. My intention is not to encourage readers to adopt my bad habits (!) but to give you some ideas about places to eat in Bogota when you’re just not in the [more]

What to wear in Bogota

February 9, 2017 // 4 Comments

One cool Bogota afternoon you will find yourself walking among the quaint rugged buildings of the Candelaria, the smell of coffee wafting out of a nearby café and filling your nose. You look up to see where it is coming from, and almost stumble into a couple of (unmistakable!) tourists wearing shorts, vest tops and flip flops, standing in the middle of the street, [more]

8 great markets in Bogotá – and where to find the best prices!

July 23, 2016 // 10 Comments

There are a number of markets in Bogotá which are worth visiting, and if you’ll be staying in Bogotá for any length of time, you’ll definitely want to do some souvenir shopping at some point, either for gifts to take home to your family and friends, or because your family and friends are visiting you and THEY want to buy souvenirs! Or you might have [more]

10 Bogotá anecdotes which made me Bogo-smart!

November 3, 2015 // 4 Comments

When I first arrived in Bogotá, the experience of living abroad wasn’t new to me; I had lived in Latin America before. But I wasn’t yet ‘Bogo-smart’..! What I really needed was a Bogotá for Dummies guide! Fast-forward two years and I am now a well-weathered expat/Bogotana; so what pearls of wisdom do I have to impart? Well, I thought [more]

Colombia Blogs

October 18, 2015 // 8 Comments

There are some really great Colombia-based bloggers out there, whose blogs I regularly visit. Even though this blog is about Bogotá, many people who move to Bogotá initially might want to move to another part of Colombia eventually. So here are some Colombia blogs that I recommend you take a look at: bananaskinflipflops.com – Banana Skin Flip Flops was my [more]

Learn Spanish in Bogotá

June 1, 2015 // 12 Comments

Many people ask me what advice I would give to people thinking of moving to Bogotá; among other things, I always say – learn Spanish.. or at least learn enough to be able to get by. There aren’t many people in Colombia who speak good English – and certainly not in supermarkets, hospitals, cafés and other places where you will want to be able to [more]

Salaries in Bogota and how to find a job

December 2, 2014 // 35 Comments

Salaries in Bogota can vary hugely, so if you’re considering moving here, you’ll definitely want an idea of how much you could potentially be earning once you find a job. You may also find this post about the cost of living in Bogota useful. Note: As of October 2015, the exchange rate is approximately $3000 Colombian pesos = $1 USD. Due to the currency [more]

10 tips for taking a taxi in Bogota

December 1, 2014 // 20 Comments

Taking a taxi in Bogota can be a bit of an ‘adventure’ to say the least; an un-seatbelted adventure which can leave you silently praying for your life, as most taxis do not have functioning seat-belts for the back seats. If you’re taking a taxi in Bogota, keep in mind the following tips, which include common scams and typical taxi driver behaviour: 1. Always [more]

Cost of Living in Bogota

November 17, 2014 // 4 Comments

This post was updated in July 2016. Due to fluctuating exchange rates, I have changed the amounts to reflect the current cost of living in Bogota in Colombian pesos. Please note that these figures are based on living in an estrato 4 building, and will increase significantly for estratos 5 and 6. For more information on estratos, have a look at my post on Where to [more]

Teaching English in Bogota

May 4, 2014 // 19 Comments

The easiest way for an English speaker to make money in Colombia is by teaching English; and teaching English in Bogota has become a big business. Everyone seems to be setting up a ‘School of English’ nowadays; needless to say therefore, that there is a huge variation in quality, working conditions and pay. If you don’t have a CELTA certificate [more]

Where to live in Bogotá

March 4, 2014 // 10 Comments

When I was contemplating my move to Colombia, I started trying to work out where to live in Bogotá by checking the cost of rent to see what I could get for my money. The problem was that I had no idea which areas were nice, safe and well-located, or which I should avoid. Now that I’ve been living here for a while, I feel qualified to provide the low-down of [more]

How to find a place to live: Bogota apartments

January 30, 2014 // 2 Comments

Whether you are looking for long-term or short-term accommodation in Bogota, there are a number of websites advertising Bogota apartments for rent. You might also find my other post about the neighbourhoods and where to live in Bogotá useful. Please scroll to the bottom for info on referral links in this post 🙂 Long-term accommodation Renting long-term normally [more]

Gluten-free and organic bread in Bogota

August 28, 2017 // 2 Comments

The great thing about this blog is that it has put me in touch with so many great people. The other day I received a message from Alejandra, who wanted to tell me about the organic bread and other types of bread that she and her friends bake. She kindly brought me some to try, and I can really recommend it! This is a good option for people who are gluten-intolerant [more]

Al Banun restaurant: a hidden gem off Bogota’s beaten track

July 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

You know when you find yourself really craving a particular kind of food? It happened to me this morning. I was finishing an article I was working on when suddenly my mind started wandering to thoughts of deliciously meaty kibbes, smooth hummus with a hint of lemon and warm pitta bread. In my mind, I was back at Al Banun Arabic restaurant in Suba, in northwestern [more]

Petty crime in Bogota: the day I witnessed a phone robbery

July 24, 2017 // 7 Comments

People often contact me asking about safety and crime in Bogota. One of the things I say is that if you are careful, you can decrease your chances of becoming a victim of crime. For example, don’t wear an expensive-looking watch or jewelry; always pre-book taxi cabs; avoid using your phone on the street or on the bus; in short, don’t ‘give [more]
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