The Dahlia Imperialis is Colombia’s 20 Foot Flower

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July 2016 We believe the best way to present this unique and interesting flower is in the video below.

El Pórtico Restaurant Near Bogotá is a Must for Visitors

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July 2016 Michael: El Pórtico has it all, ambiance, great Colombian style food, a playground for the kids, a coffee shop and a church. All these features contributes to a dual personality. Depending upon the time of day it can be a restaurant for the family or a romantic dinner. But this Bogotá area establishment […]

Moksha Coffee Shop Owner Found on Other Side of World

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July 2016 She disappeared seemingly without a trace. Moksha Coffee Shop made our list for the top ten places to have coffee in Bogotá. In fact the shop held the number one spot. In our initial interview with owner, Thana Carvajal, she bubbled with enthusiasm over creating quality food and coffee. The former actress also […]

The Life of a Colombian Curuba is from Flower to Healthy Drink

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Colombia is home to the largest variety of curuba. Also know as the banana passion fruit it is loaded with antioxidants especially proanthocyanidins and catechin. It contains vitamin A and vitamin C as well as high amounts of phosphorous, niacin, calcium and iron. When the Spanish conquistadors arrived in the Bogotá area they found the […]

Por què Escogì la Fujifilm X-S1 Como mi Segunda Càmara Fotogràfica Para Viajes

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Junio 2016 Conseguir unas buenas fotos en sus viajes, requiere una càmara con algunas caracterìsticas especiales. Pero no siempre las que son usadas en glamour, naturaleza o noticias sirven para cuando usted viaja. Voy a compartir con ustedes lo que para mi es una foto de viaje. Para comenzar, en mi opinion, un fotògrafo que […]

Why I Chose the Fujifilm X-S1 for my 2nd Travel Camera

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By Michael June 2016 Getting quality travel photos requires a camera with certain features. What is good for glamour, nature or news will probably not be the best for getting those travel shots. I live by a couple thoughts about travel photos. To begin with, in my opinion, it is a poor photographer who blames […]

2016 – Our Favorite Coffee Shops in Chia/Cajica Display Different Specialties

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June 2016 To be a great coffee shop takes more than just good coffee. There must be service, ambiance and accompaniments. The shop must demonstrate consistency in those areas as well as an attitude of continual improvement in meeting the needs of the customer. Previously we covered our favorite coffee shops in Bogotá. Readers may […]

Photo of the week – Chinche bug

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Graciela: This bug caught my eye while outside the house. It looks like someone painted it. Michael: Neither my wife nor I knew what kind it is. I put a photo on Facebook asking for help in identification. A relative sent me an Email with a link. It is called a Chinche del Colores. They […]

Sauco Cured our Cough – Another South American Natural Medicine

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May 2016 Michael: I picked the white flower as instructed and brought it to my wife. Then gave her a strange look as she immersed it into hot water to make a tea. A virus had both of us feeling horrible. The constant cough and hacking made things worse. The idea of using natural remedies […]

Interviews With Expats and Travelers About Life Abroad

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by Michael Can you really retire early in another country or constantly travel and have a better overall life? You may have heard or read the stories of those who quit the rat race, escaped the corporate cubicle and now enjoy life. For most people the logic makes no sense unless you have a ton […]

Eating Ants in Colombia – Hormigas Culonas a Big Ass Delicacy or Gross

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Michael: The medical examiner told the detective that the stomach contents of the deceased contained hormigas culonas. That mention on the TV show “CSI Miami” was my first hearing of eating ants in Colombia. It happened before my move to the South American country. Of course I wondered about the accuracy of such an assertion. […]

Moving to Colombia

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By Jenna Oppenheimer April 2016 I became fascinated, and to be honest, borderline obsessed with moving to South America about midway through my university studies. After switching my major from communications to international business and traveling abroad as an exchange student in Europe, I still couldn’t shake the feeling that I was destined to relocate […]

Colombian Picada at a No-Name Restaurant

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By Michael March 2016 The above photo is the lunch my wife and I had on Sunday. Here in Colombia they call it a picada. Basically a little bit of everything and everyone picks what they want to eat. The dish shown contains platano, papa criolla (special potato grown only in Colombia), arepa, chicharrón, longaniza […]

Photo of the week: Horses and carts in Cajicá, Colombia

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March 2016 These three photos were taken in one day as we walked the streets around our house. The country feeling is part of what I like since we made the decision to leave Bogotá. Do not believe that we live out in the middle of nowhere though. Two large malls, Fontanar and Centro Chia […]

St. Honoré – El nombre apropiado para un Coffee shop en Chia, Colombia

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Marzo 2016 Michael: El nombre captò inmediatamente mi atenciòn. Cuando mi esposa lo viò, dijo: ”Buen nombre para un coffee shop que se especializa en panes y pasteles” y gracias a nuestros años de matrimonio, ella ha aprendido a leer cuando yo le doy esa cierta mirada inquisitiva e involuntaria, asì que me aclarò su […]

Juan Valdez Café in Bazaar Mall – Ambiance, Service & Pets

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March 2016 Graciela: My husband and I have always been a fan of Juan Valdez coffee shops. In terms of product quality each one always delivers. And every one we have visited offers free Wi-Fi. What makes the difference between the company’s stores is ambiance and service. In those areas the Bazaar Mall shop is ahead […]

Trattoria de La Plaza – Un restaurante donde los bogotanos tienen una experiencia culinaria

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Marzo 2016 Michael: “ Lo que màs me gusta es que està ubicado en un barrio donde nadie espera encontrar un restaurante como èste”. Este fue el comentario que recibì de la persona que nos invitò a conocer el lugar. Tambièn le preguntè còmo lo conociò? Y dijo: “ me encanta encontrar lugares que no […]

Photo of the Week – Raked Front Bike in Chia Colombia

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By Michael March 2016 My wife walked by this bike as we entered the restaurant in Chia, Colombia and never noticed it. But the city is a place where many people ride bicycles. They have bike lanes along side the roads. The colors and rake on the front end caught my attention from across the […]

Colombian Papa Rellena – A meal in your hand & a recipe worth trying

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March 2016 Michael: Calle 53 just East of the Avenida Caracas is a part of Bogotá I always enjoy wandering, looking and tasting. This is the area where Bogotanos go for art and craft supplies as well as lessons. My wife and her sister shop the many craft stores which line both sides of the […]

St. Honoré – an Appropriately Named Coffee Shop In Chia, Colombia

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March 2016 Michael: The name caught my attention. When my wife saw it she said, “Good name for a coffee shop that sells breads and pastries.” With years of marriage she has learned to read my often involuntary inquisitive look. “He is the patron saint of bakers, she added.” Before moving to Colombia patron saints were […]