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  • What are Desplazados?

    Armed conflict has displaced millions of Colombians from rural areas over the last few decades. They are collectively known as desplazados. The victims are often poor farmers whose lands were stolen at gunpoint. Alas, the phenomenon has not ended… Most of the […]

  • Covid History

    Although virtually all pandemic emergency measures are now history, it bears reminding that Colombia had one of the world’s longest lockdowns (5 months) and had shorter lockdowns well into 2021. It, however, lifted all measures much faster than most other countries. IF […]

  • Hacking Colombia: Cell Phones

    Paying roaming fees on your cell phone provider from back home may be very costly. Fortunately, Colombia does have inexpensive options you should consider. If you’re moving here, there’s plenty of other options. A List of Wireless Providers in Colombia Etb – […]

  • A Dane who found His Place in a New Realm: Pereira

    Jorn is from Denmark but has lived in Colombia since 2015 now and makes his home in Pereira (Risaralda) where he runs his own hotel and restaurant, El Lugar Nordico. Here’s his expat story… About Jorn Jorn’s spouse is Colombian and he […]

  • The Guide to Buying Real Estate

    Because of the difficult to meet requirements to rent an apartment or house in Colombia, many foreigners choose to buy a home instead. Then they find out that it means buying 100% cash as there’s no leveraging possible here. Here’s your guide […]

  • My Insane Day at the Feria de las Flores Car Parade

    The Feria de las Flores is a hugely popular week long festival for both foreign and national tourists in and around Medellín. Many events are scheduled daily, including the annual Desfile de autos clásicos y antiguos (parade of antique and classic cars) […]

  • Restaurant Review: Otraparte

    El Café de Otraparte in Envigado, Antioquia is a long time famous place for locals, and it turns out the excellent food is part of the attraction! Otraparte, a vast garden patio restaurant, is behind and part of the Casa Museo Otraparte, […]

  • Restaurant Review: Chef Burger

    We’d never even thought of going to a Chef Burger franchise, but our party of 5 was not inclined to wait in line for up to an hour elsewhere at Premium Plaza in Medellín on a Saturday afternoon, and Burger Chef had […]

  • Hacking Colombia: Paying Bills

    When you decide to live in Colombia, you’ll naturally have bills to pay: rent, health care and utilities. This guide gives you the many ways to take care of these payments. Types of Payments Ease of payment depends on what type of […]

  • Restaurant Review: Emiliano La Taquería

    If you’ve ever had authentic Mexican food, you know what to look for, and in Medellín you’ll find it at one of the Emiliano La Taquería locations We visited the new location at the Viva Envigado shopping center. Even the simple decoration […]