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About Me

I’m Naomi from south-east London, UK, and I moved to Bogotá, Colombia, in October 2013 for reasons of the heart 🙂Naomi&Javi hugging

I’d lived in Argentina and Mexico before, and I didn’t find it too difficult to adapt to life there. However, during the first month or so in Bogotá, I felt disorientated and overwhelmed, to say the least! I really could have done with a ‘Bogotá handbook’ to help me find my way in this chaotic metropolis! So once I was more or less settled in, I decided to start this blog about life in Bogotá, and I’m offering up a few tips which I definitely would have found useful in the beginning!naomi_vintage_rascal

What I write are purely my perceptions, experiences and opinions, and I ask that you keep this in mind when reading; there will be others who have taken to Bogotá very differently, and had very different experiences. This is intended to be an honest account of how I have experienced Bogotá up to now, and my adaptation to life here.

I’ve had a few guest posts published on other travel blogs, including Pink Pangea and Dave’s Travel Corner and an earlier version of ‘Living in Bogota: my 5 Colombian Identities‘ was published in The Bogota Post in October 2014. I also contributed a chapter to the Gabriel García Márquez anthology Was Gabo an Irishman? Tales from Gabriel García Marquez’s Colombia.

Do feel free to get in touch, I always like hearing from my readers! Let me know how you have found Bogotá, what the biggest challenges were for you. If you have any advice you think would be useful for others to read, pass this on  to me and I’ll try to publish it in a relevant post!

Guest Bloggers

As my blog has very much been based on my experiences here, I usually don’t accept guest blog posts, unless these are on a topic about which I would know very little – such as ‘How to start a business in Bogotá’ (which lots of people do come here to do). So if you have an idea for a post based on your experience/specialist knowledge, let me know and we can talk about the possibility of a guest post. I would of course, in principle, be happy to link to your website/blog within this post.

Use of Referral/Affiliate Links

The three affiliate programs I’m registered with are Airbnb, and MH Themes. With Airbnb, if you click on my link to their website, and then sign up and book a trip, I get £25 credit to my Airbnb account, and you get £25 off your first trip! With, if you click on my link and then make a hotel booking, I’ll get a small commission, and the same applies if you click through to MH Themes website and buy one of their themes.

I’m hoping that I can just make enough through commissions each year to pay the $100-150 dollars web-hosting and domain renewal fees that I need to pay to keep How to Bogotá going – otherwise it comes out of my own pocket, and I don’t make any money from writing my blog.

So if you have found my blog entertaining or useful, could you consider clicking through to any one of those websites  via my blog (say the next time you’re planning a holiday)? This will give me a small commission towards the up-keep of my blog, at no extra cost to yourself 🙂