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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 in Medellín, thus 90 years old in 2022. The photo above is from…

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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 1970. Her beauty is legendary and remains so to this day at 66.…

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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 crimes were exposed, as the military officers who orchestrated the subterfuge are still…

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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 be breakfast, lunch or a snack. The croissant is actually more bread than…

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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 / Wally Opina. He relentlessly skewers politicians of all stripes, especially if they say…

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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 big, 3 floors, on a corner, built by my relative decades ago. The…

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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. If you actually use any of the methods described here it is your…

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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 or a drink of aguardiente and guasca folk music. The Tradition Historically the…

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