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  • Medellín: Is Provenza the NEW Lleras?

    As a 15+ year resident of the Medellín area and I guess still a gringo no matter how hard I try to shake it, I’ve noted the urban decay on La Diez (calle 10) and Parque Lleras in El Poblado, which used to be among the city’s favorite gringo haunts. Fortunately, […]

  • FACT: Colombians DRINK Oatmeal!

    A very popular drink here is avena, which is the same word used for oatmeal but here if someone offering you una avena, they mean the drink! It’s composed of oats, milk, water, sugar or honey and cinnamon and sometimes nutmeg. This is mixed together […]

  • COLOMBIA IS BANANAS!

    Colombians know how to use their bananas! Sweet or not, big or small, they use them in a hundred different ways! Personally, I shamefully admit I had no idea how useful bananas are! Some expats and tourists make light of the omnipresent […]

  • Colombia: DRUGS, DRUGS, DRUGS!

    Pharmacies in Colombia are typically small shops, and you can usually also get a toothbrush, a bottle of water or shampoo, not just medication, but it’s usually not going to be anything like a Walgreens or CVS! They’re everywhere! It’s not unusual to […]

  • Apartments: What you Can Expect

    There’s a lot of apartment and townhouse closed communities in major Colombian cities, and a large number of units within them are owned by investors who rent them out to cover their mortgages and other costs while the property appreciates, not surprisingly! […]

  • Colombia’s Climates

    FACT: THERE’S NO SEASONS IN COLOMBIA The entire country is tropical (meaning between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn), so wherever you go the temperature range is consistent year round (“isothermal”) and that range only depends on the elevation of where you are. Temperatures are […]

  • Going to the Movies in Colombia

    Movie theaters in Colombia were among the last businesses to reopen after most pandemic measures were removed. If you like going to the good old movies, read on… At one time I lived in Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain) and although I’m fluent in Spanish, […]

  • Understanding “Estratos”

    Estratos, or strata, may be unique to Colombia but you’ll soon hear a lot about them especially if you look for a place to call your own here. An estrato is a stratum given to a residential building, house or complex ranging […]

  • Envigado is Made for Walking!

    If you like walking and window shopping, Envigado is great for both. The city largely kept its old downtown intact, so it has hundreds of shops of every kind imaginable, and it’s very safe and it’s unlikely you’ll see beggars. The central […]