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How to extend a Colombian visa

May 13, 2017 // 1 Comment

First, if you’re planning to move to Colombia or are already living here, it’s a really good idea to join the following Facebook groups: Secret Bogota. Ssshhh and Expat, people traveling to Bogota Colombia!! People ask all kinds of questions on there and you’ll find so many helpful (and a few unhelpful) answers, and you can ask any questions that [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]

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]

Colombia rejects the peace agreement; but why?

October 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

Today, Colombia voted ‘no’ to the peace agreement with the FARC. There was a 37% voter turnout, and the regions which have suffered most from guerrilla activities, homes to most of the victims of the conflict, voted overwhelmingly in favour of the peace agreement. I try not to comment too much on Colombian politics as it’s a sensitive topic with an [more]

Bogota Food Tour with La Mesa: food.. and more!

August 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

When La Mesa Food Tours invited me to join them on their Bogota food tour, I was intrigued. I’ve been living in Bogota on and off for nearly three years now, and thought I knew the essentials about Colombian food. That said, due to my sensitive stomach, I have always been wary of buying street food, so I suspected that I still had plenty to discover about [more]

When ‘Bogotá-Belly’ strikes…

August 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

I ought to preface this post with a warning that this is not recommended reading if you have just eaten as it gets pretty graphic pretty early on. Ok. Well. This week has not been pleasant. Think stomach cramps, a lot of internal bubbling, hydro-carbon emissions which could raise global temperatures, bowel explosions and a diet of plain rice and dry toast. A [more]

Flavors of Bogota Coffee Shop Tour

July 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

I have a confession to make. I am a tea drinker; I live in Colombia; and I’m not a huge fan of coffee *GASP!* (although in my defense, this is mostly because it makes me a bit crazy..). However, if you live in Colombia, and PARTICULARLY if you have Colombian family-in-law, you WILL end up drinking a certain amount of coffee! But as your suegra enthusiastically [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]
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