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Swearing in Colombia – watch your mouth!

April 21, 2014 // 7 Comments

Having lived in Argentina and Mexico before, and having been taught by teachers from Spain at university, I’ve been exposed to various different ‘Spanishes’. If you’re familiar with ‘castellano argentino’ and Spanish-from-Spain, you’ll have heard a lot of swear words; the Spanish and the Argentinians like to swear and in [more]

Bogota neighborhoods: where to live in Bogota

March 4, 2014 // 21 Comments

When I was contemplating my move to Colombia, I started checking out the different Bogota neighborhoods and the cost of rent to see what I could get for my money. The problem was that I had no idea which areas were nice, safe and well-located, or which I should avoid. Now that I’ve been living here for a while, I feel qualified to provide the low-down of areas [more]

How to meet people in Bogota

February 27, 2014 // 9 Comments

If you’re thinking of moving here, one of the first things you’ll be wondering is how you will meet people in Bogota and make friends. Bogota has a large and (generally) welcoming expat community, and there are a number of regular events where you’ll be able to meet some of us (and practise your Spanish with some of the locals!). La Villa – [more]

Safety Tip of the Day – How to avoid being robbed in Bogota

February 27, 2014 // 1 Comment

Yesterday I became a victim of crime in Bogota for the first time. It actually could have been a lot worse. When I got on the Transmilenio, I had my purse. When I got home, I realised I didn’t have it anymore. This was preferable over having a knife stuck in my face and threatened for my bag (which also happens – usually on the busetas or on the street), [more]

How to find a place to live: Bogota apartments

January 30, 2014 // 6 Comments

Whether you are looking for long-term or short-term accommodation in Bogota, there are a number of websites advertising Bogota apartments for rent. You might also find my other post about the neighbourhoods and where to live in Bogotá useful. Long-term accommodation Renting long-term normally means committing to at least a one year contract. I’ve yet to come [more]

How to escape the ‘big smoke’ – ecotours in Bogota

January 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

If you’re planning to stay more than a few days in Bogotá, you will quickly find that you run out of obvious things to do and see. You can ‘do’ the Candelaria in half a day, walking around and visiting the museums there. Then you might want to visit the National Museum on carrera 7 – another half-day. The Zona T is excellent for high-class [more]

How to watch your favourite TV programmes online while abroad

January 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

When you first move abroad, the first couple of weeks are often so jam-packed full of things to do – looking for an apartment, filling it with furniture, starting work and getting used to a new daily routine, sorting out a mobile phone, finding out where the nearest supermarkets are etc. etc. – that you don’t even have time to think about the things [more]
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