11 November 2012 ~ 13 Comments

5 Lifestyle Downsides To Living In Medellin

It’s not always peaches and cream in Medellin Colombia. Sometimes it rains… a lot. Sometimes you’re robbed. Sometimes you go out and are surrounded by fat, unattractive girls. Rare, but it happens. Here are some more obvious lifestyle downsides: 1. You Have To Know Spanish This item can’t be overlooked for any English-speaking expat. The [...]

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11 April 2012 ~ 5 Comments

Four Caricatures Of Geo-Arbitrage (Or, How Your Travel Lifestyle Can Determine Your Costs)

Geo-arbitrage is the idea that you can earn money in one part of the world and spend it in another. If you do this, often you will find that your dollars (or pounds / euros / francs / krone) go further, and you can afford a higher standard of living, partially due to exchange rates. [...]

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30 January 2012 ~ 10 Comments

What Tables Do You Want To Sit At?

I was listening to a podcast the other day and one idea really struck me. They (Dan and Ian) mentioned, almost in passing, something about “what you bring to the table” and what that means, and then re-evaluating the question in terms of “what tables do you want to sit at?” In other words, when [...]

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06 October 2011 ~ 11 Comments

A New Chapter For Ryan Goes Abroad

About a year ago, I started Ryan Goes Abroad. I started it as an experiment in finding out what the social media world was all about. And if you had told me what I was going to experience in the next year as a result of this blog, I wouldn’t have believed you. I have [...]

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02 October 2011 ~ 14 Comments

Medellin vs. Bogota Smackdown: Which Is The Best Place For An Internet Entrepreneur?

Within the past year, I lived 2+ months in both of two major cities of Colombia, Medellin and Bogotá. Today I’m going to share with you why an internet entrepreneur / aspiring location independent might consider living in each of the cities across different considerations. (Note: the internet connections in both places are solid and [...]

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11 August 2011 ~ 4 Comments

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 over the sky and prepared to dump their H2O on [...]

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31 May 2011 ~ 12 Comments

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 in some major ways. Some of them are internal… Nowadays, [...]

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