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Updates to How to Bogotá (and a chance to buy me a digital cup of coffee :))

July 11, 2019 // 1 Comment

After living mostly in Bogota between 2013 and 2018, I left the city last year in March for London and then Spain and only returned last month (in June 2019). So other than the odd update here and there, the blog has been a little neglected these past 18 months, so I’ve made it my mission to start going through and gradually updating the blog’s content [more]

Magic in Colombia: From Gabriel Garcia Marquez to Ghost Stories

July 9, 2019 // 2 Comments

I first started associating Colombia with magic during my A-level English literature class at school in 2002. Before Shakira and Sofia Vergara stole his thunder, Gabriel García Márquez (or “Gabo”, as he is affectionately known here) was probably the most famous Colombian in the world. He was a Nobel Laureate and one of the founding fathers of magical realism in [more]

Extending a visa: how to get a salvoconducto in Colombia

February 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

Every now and again in one of the Expat groups on Facebook, someone will ask about how to extend a Colombian visa. So I decided to collate the information on Facebook into this blog post in the hope that it might help others. Dutch expat, Fetze Weerstra, found my blog post and read about the salvoconducto, which many people had mentioned on Facebook. The [more]

Close encounters with hummingbirds at the Observatorio de Colibries

July 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

I entered Victoria Lizarralde’s garden, also known as the Observatorio de Colibries (Hummingbird Observatory), and felt a ‘whoosh’ and the unmistakeable ‘buzz’ of a hummingbird whizzing past my ear. On a cool, damp Sunday morning I had joined a small tour group led by Andes Ecotours and travelled 45 minutes up into the mountains from Bogotá. We headed for [more]

Bogota’s La Macarena neighborhood

July 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

For my second post in a series about Bogota’s neighborhoods, I’m writing about the colourful La Macarena. When you’re doing your research about where to live in Bogota, La Macarena is one of those neighborhoods which will come up again and again, along with Chapinero, Rosales, Chico and Parque de la 93. Just up the hill from Bogota’s Centro [more]

Quinta Camacho neighborhood

May 22, 2018 // 8 Comments

I’ve decided to add a section to the blog devoted exclusively to Bogota’s neighborhoods. In each post I’ll talk about what I like about each neighborhood and what they have to offer. I’m starting off the series with my favorite neighborhood: Quinta Camacho. Quinta Camacho neighborhood: Between Calle 67 and Calle 72, and Carrera 7 and Avenida [more]

Things to do in Bogotá when it’s raining

May 15, 2018 // 9 Comments

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to state that Bogotá has received more than its fair share of rain over the last month or two. The wettest times of year in the Colombian Andean region are, roughly, from April to June and September to November (though it’s not an exact science!). During these months it’s common for the day to start out sunny and [more]
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