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  • Who is Fernando Botero?

    Fernando Botero is arguably Colombia’s most famous painter and sculptor and its greatest gift to the art world. His creations are on display all over the world and especially in his hometown of Medellín National treasure Fernando Botero was born in 1932 […]

  • Who is Amparo Grisales?

    It’s almost impossible to live in Colombia without hearing about Amparo Grisales, just like you’re sure to hear about one Kardashian or another in the USA. Who is Amparo? Amparo’s celebrity status started at just 14 as a Colombian soap star in […]

  • What are Falsos Positivos?

    Not all victims of violence in Colombia were at the hands of narco-terrorists: Around 6,500 innocent citizens were murdered by the military and passed off as rebels. The falsos positivos (false positives) massacres are still in the news many years after the […]

  • Colombia is Cheesy!

    Colombians love cheese more than the Swiss! They put cheese in foods you couldn’t imagine putting cheese in! Cheese is both for the main course AND desserts! Let’s look at some cheesy options… Ham and cheese baked inside a croissant This can […]

  • Colombia’s Jon Stewart?

    Biting political satire directed at Colombia’s ruling class is what you get with the long running YouTube channel “Me dicen Wally“ Bogotano Walter “Wally” Rodriguez, a lawyer in real life, scripts and produces his own popular YouTube Channel, Me Dicen Wally / […]

  • Life in a Medellín Barrio

    I have an intimate knowledge of life in an old Medellín barrio through my extended family. I’ll try to describe what it’s like, but let’s be clear that this isn’t a critical point of view, just observations. The House The house is […]

  • Hacking Colombia: Income Taxes

    Many expats living here don’t file annual income taxes with the DIAN, Colombia’s tax authority, and have been here for years and sometimes decades. How do they do this? DISCLAIMER: Colombian Dreaming is in no way advocating breaking laws or tax evasion. […]

  • Viva la Fonda!

    A visit to a fonda antioqueña is always a big hit with tourists! Gaily painted in primary colors inside and out including the wooden furniture, often with a wild variety of items hanging from the ceiling, it’s a place for a tinto […]

  • The Virgin Appeared to Me in Sabaneta!

    I’m an avid walker, and I almost always discover something new on my walks. As I strolled up from the lowest part of Sabaneta, I saw a huge white virgin high up on a mountain at the end of the street and […]

  • An American Couple Calls a Colombian Pueblo Home

    The Reeds (not their real name) are a retired American couple who decided 16 months ago to live full time in Santágueda, a small town in Caldas near Manizales… Why Santágueda? Originally from Wisconsin, their last home in the USA was in […]