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Petty crime in Bogota: the day I witnessed a phone robbery

July 24, 2017 // 7 Comments

People often contact me asking about safety and crime in Bogota. One of the things I say is that if you are careful, you can decrease your chances of becoming a victim of crime. For example, don’t wear an expensive-looking watch or jewelry; always pre-book taxi cabs; avoid using your phone on the street or on the bus; in short, don’t ‘give [more]

Learning to love my moustache in Bogotá

July 17, 2017 // 1 Comment

In Colombia, money generally goes further than it does back home. After I moved to Bogotá in 2013, I started going to beauty salons more often. They place a lot of importance on physical appearance in Colombia – it’s totally normal for a Colombian man to get a manicure, for example – so it’s not uncommon to find three or four hair and beauty salons on [more]

Bogota’s most enchanting bookstore

July 14, 2017 // 2 Comments

Most travelers often bring a good book with them to read on their journey. As I was planning to move to Colombia indefinitely, I wanted to find a great bookstore in Bogota where I could find English books at a reasonable price. I knew from a past visit that books here were expensive, so in the end, I solved the problem by getting a Kindle. Truth be told, it has been [more]

8 Bogota tours that will convince you to stick around!

July 4, 2017 // 3 Comments

When people are planning a trip to Colombia, Bogota is often overlooked in favor of Medellin and Cartagena. I’ve been in Bogota for nearly four years now and I’ve done a number of the tours that are on offer here. Here’s a list of some of the Bogota tours that I think will convince you to spend more than just a couple of nights in the capital! Free Walking [more]

How to extend a Colombian visa

May 13, 2017 // 1 Comment

(Updated Aug 2018 with a link to a new post about getting the Salvoconducto) 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 [more]

Useful contacts if you’re moving to Colombia

April 20, 2017 // 5 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 // 8 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]
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