Why Medellin Colombia Is A Super-Liveable City (Part 1)

As some of you may know, I have been spending the last couple of months down here in Medellin, Colombia. I first came here in the spring, but liked it so much that I came back. My experience here was one of the big reasons …

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Breakdown Of My Monthly Costs In Colombia

Since deciding that the location-independent lifestyle is something I wanted to pursue, I’ve been more conscientious about my costs. And, since coming back to Colombia, I’ve been enjoying a decent bit of cheaper living. All told, Colombia isn’t cheap compared to other places in South …

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7 Reasons Why I Returned To Colombia

As you may know, a few weeks ago I left the US and returned to Colombia for my second stint in the country. This time, I have returned to the city of Medellin. (Why Medellin? You’ll have to stay tuned to upcoming posts… 🙂 ) …

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Manizales: A Little Strange, A Lot of Rain & Mudslides, and A Volcano

I visited Manizales on a lark back in the spring for a weekend because it peaked my curiosity. The feria of Manizales is well known as a great party, and even though it was not happening during the time I was going to be there, …

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Why I Might Hire Colombian Over An American

Let me tell you about a situation that happened to me the first time I came to Colombia. The Setting I had just left the gym in Envigado when a bunch of clouds rolled in (not uncommon for afternoons in Medellin). As the clouds took …

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Santa Marta: Why I Might Spend More Time Around It, But Probably Not In It. Plus, A Laughing Crocodile.

I visited Santa Marta during my coastal stretch of my first trip to Colombia, and the first thing you will notice in Santa Marta is the heat. It’s really hot along the Caribbean coast in Colombia… It’s hot in Cartagena. No surprise, then, it’s hot …

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Cartagena is Hot and Beautiful, But It Can Also Be Muddy Hilarious

I really could just end the post right now, because with the title I’ve told you the biggest things you need to know about Cartagena. But, I actually took out my camera out a little more than usual when I traveled there, so this post …

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How My Life Has Significantly Changed After My First Trip Abroad

As some of you may know, I returned to the US in early May 2011 from Colombia, a trip which was my first extended experience abroad. When I got back I noticed I was different. It’s difficult to describe, but going abroad has changed me …

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A Refrigerator With 40 Passengers And No Toilet Paper: The Bus Ride From Bogotá to Medellín

A few weeks ago I traveled in an overnight bus from Bogotá to Medellín. Here’s some of what happened. A Qué Hora: Night or Day? In planning my route, I made sure to ask Colombians about whether it was safe to travel by bus between …

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Why You Will Break Your iPhone Abroad And What You Can Do To Prevent It

I arrived to Medellin a few weeks ago and parked myself in a hostel. Now, up to this point, I had had minimal experience staying in hostels, but one tip I garnered before I came on this trip was that you should bring a small …

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