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The 10 most popular How to Bogotá posts

February 7, 2018 // 3 Comments

One way in which I gage what to blog about on How to Bogotá nowadays is by looking at my site stats and seeing which posts are getting most views. This gives me an idea of which topics people are most interested in. All of the posts below rank well for certain Bogotá-related search terms in Google, so I assume that the posts contain information that people often [more]

Beat culture shock: 10 things to do after moving to Bogota

January 31, 2018 // 2 Comments

Moving to Bogota (or any other place that’s far from home) is a big step for anybody. I first moved to Bogota in October 2013, and I’ve since discovered there are many different reasons why people choose to move here. Oftentimes, as in my case, it’s to join a Colombian boyfriend or girlfriend. Sometimes it’s a case of the ‘trailing [more]

A weekend in Villa de Leyva

January 18, 2018 // 4 Comments

Back in July 2017 we decided to go to Villa de Leyva in Boyacá for a long weekend. A trip to this beautiful little colonial town set in the picturesque countryside of Boyacá is one of those trips everyone visiting Bogota will try to make if they have time. That said, it took me four years to make the journey there! But it was well worth the wait! How to get to [more]

Colombia currency: the Colombian peso

January 12, 2018 // 2 Comments

I had a request recently from someone who wanted me to write a blog post about Colombia’s currency. They had recently arrived in Bogota and had exchanged some dollars for Colombian pesos. At the time of writing, there were about 3,000 pesos to the dollar. This means that if you wanted to change $1,000 US dollars, you’d receive about $3 million pesos. All [more]

Uber in Bogota: the big debate!

January 11, 2018 // 8 Comments

I regularly use Uber in Bogota, and am a big fan. However, wherever Uber arrives in the world, it seems to bring controversy along with it! Licensed taxi drivers claim that Uber drivers are unskilled, steal their customers and avoid paying costs that taxi owners have to pay. In Bogota, taxi drivers refer to Uber drivers as ‘pirates’. and have been known [more]

Visiting Chingaza National Park

January 8, 2018 // 6 Comments

I’d wanted to visit Chingaza National Park since I arrived in Colombia four years ago. A guy on my CELTA course at the British Council waxed lyrical about it for weeks after he visited it with his family, and this piqued my curiosity. Unfortunately though, we don’t have a car and weren’t sure how to organise a guided visit to the park. So I was [more]

Queuing in Colombia

December 14, 2017 // 6 Comments

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]
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