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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]

Domicilios Bogota: how to order food in Bogota

October 22, 2016 // 2 Comments

Before I moved to Bogota, I used to cook for myself a few nights a week, and then microwave ‘healthy’ ready-meals on the nights when I couldn’t be bothered to cook. Ready meals (beyond pizza and lasagne) have not arrived in Colombia yet, so it wasn’t long before I started plunging into the virtual abyss of domicilios. The concept Un [more]

Hogaru – find a cleaner in Bogotá!

October 4, 2015 // 3 Comments

I was contacted recently by Gonzalo from Hogaru.com, who told me about the origins of the business he set up with his partner here in Bogotá, which I think many people living in Bogotá might be interested in! He moved to Colombia from Spain in 2013, and wanted to hire a cleaner. I’ve heard many people complaining about how difficult it is to find a reliable, [more]

Learn Spanish in Bogotá

June 1, 2015 // 11 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]

Mobile phone networks in Colombia: I’m with Virgin

January 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

        One of the first things on our list of things to do when we move to a new country is to get a local SIM card. The main mobile phone networks in Colombia are Tigo, Movistar, Claro and Virgin. After its somewhat shambolic reputation as a mobile phone network in the UK (hence why it no longer exists there) something I never thought I’d say [more]

Salaries in Bogota and how to find a job

December 2, 2014 // 33 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]

How do I make money in Bogota?

December 1, 2014 // 3 Comments

The question that many people ask themselves when considering moving to another country is – how will I make money? Is it easy to make money in Bogota? you ask. Not easy, but with the right skills, experience and a lot of determination and perseverance, it can be done. I will give an outline of how I am making money (or have made money) in Bogota, to give you [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]

Where to buy a bicycle in Bogota

November 26, 2014 // 5 Comments

Bogota is famous around the world for its cycling culture, largely thanks to the many cycle paths in the city and the ciclovía which leaves the main roads free for cyclists, skaters and walkers on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Therefore, if you’ll be staying in Bogota for a while, the chances are you will want to buy a bike at some point. But where to buy a [more]

How to spend 48 hours in Bogota

November 25, 2014 // 6 Comments

Many travellers will arrive in Bogota with the intention of  staying for a couple of days before moving onto somewhere else… Cartagena, Santa Marta, the Coffee Region. So in case you happen to be spending just 48 hours in Bogota (let’s say a weekend) here’s a suggested itinerary (with alternatives suggested in the event of rain!): Saturday 8.00am: [more]
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