Category: Colombia

Chayote – Healthy or Will it Mummify You?

September 2016 By Michael For years I passed by the green wrinkled and furrowed looking plant at our local fruit and vegetable market. That is not unusual as there are many plants in Colombia I am still trying to learn. The sign in front of this particular one said, guatila. It was only because of […]

Mangostino is Another of Colombia’s Over 150 Fruits

Twice a year the mangostino shows up in Bogotá. While some stores carry the hard skinned purple fruit we see more of it being sold by vendors on the street. Like many other of Colombia’s produce it has medicinal properties. The mangostino acts as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. In addition it is good for blood […]

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

Curuba flower and stamen

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

Readers’ Top Ten Favorite Blogs of 2015

January 2016 Last year was great for us thanks to you, the readers. In the first six months our visitors and reads exceeded all of those in the previous 18 months. For the second year in a row our site was voted as one of the top five for blogs about Latin America. Michael was […]

Hobby Woodworking in Colombia – Only for Gringos?

Michael: He looked at me a little perplexed. Colombians are polite people when it comes to one on one interactions. They often consider our American frankness as impolite. Yet at the same time they believe that playing their music loud enough to have it reverberate throughout the entire neighborhood is a benefit to all. Finally […]

Centro Comercial Fontanar in Chia Revisited – Spectacular or not?

January 2016 Graciela: “Spectacular,” the woman said. The answer came to our question of her thoughts about the new Centro Comercial Fontanar in Chia, Colombia. On weekends, especially during the Christmas season, the place attracts large crowds. Michael: My wife and I showed up on opening day of the mall in October 2015. We based […]

Photo of the week – Ancheta of Fruit

December 2015 Michael: In Colombia, as Christmas approaches one sees filled baskets in stores. They are called anchetas and given as gifts. It is equivalent to gift baskets as they are called in the United States, England, Canada and Australia. The one in the above photo was at our local fruit store. Of course it […]

New Colombian Forum Poised to Answer Your Questions

By Michael – September 2015 At a restaurant in Chia Graciela and I sat across from barrumundi (his sign-in forum name not his real name) and his wife Maria. They are near our age. Though as is typical for many women in Colombia, Maria looks younger than one would have normally guessed. Her husband sat […]

The Origin of Onces, That Colombian Afternoon Snack

July 2015 Michael: Our friend finished her story about how onces came about in Colombia. I found it fascinating though doubting it’s authenticity. However with more thought and study of Colombia my position has shifted much. This could very well be how it happened. Graciela: First an explanation is in order. Colombia is the only […]

Getting the Colombian Expat Cédula

By Michael July 2015 When the idea was introduced in the United States for people in the USA to have them many newspaper articles and people on social media sites blasted the thought. But expats in Colombia must have a cédula. We are not being picked on. Everyone in the country is required to carry […]

Ivan, not Oswaldo, Guayasamin – A Colombian artist stunned us at the mall

July 2015 Michael: Large paintings displayed on easels grabbed our attention. We had just entered the center building of the Plaza Mayor in Chia, Colombia. These pieces were different than anything I have seen before. “They are familiar but different,” my wife said. I know to listen to my better half. She studied with some […]

Your Checklist Before Arriving in Colombia

July 2015 Michael: My wife and I want to entice people to visit this interesting and exciting South American Country, plus get maximum enjoyment from your visit. Graciela: We know that a small problem can sometimes hurt an otherwise excellent trip. Therefore Michael and I came up with this list of things you should probably think […]

USA Defeats Colombia – but There is More to the Story

June 2015 Michael:  The game on TV became the second most emotional soccer (called football or futbol in almost every other country of the world than the USA) match I have watched in my life. The first was my son’s high school team playing for the regional trophy. The way the players came together and […]

Colombia is a Country for Travelers

June 2015 Graciela: We were a group of all Colombians and my gringo husband discussing travel to other countries. I mentioned my experiences going to Italy, France, Spain, England, The United States and Mexico. That was during my early 20’s. My protective parents felt better when I took a group tour, which I did in […]

Honored to be on InterNations for Expats

June 2015 Michael: Becoming an expat is an adventure for some and a bumpy road for others. Employees are often sent to a specific country to work. Some people choose a new country to find employment. Then there are those contemplating a jump into the expat group. The fastest sector are those trying to make […]

Virgen del Carmen on Colombian Roads

May 2015 When traveling the roads of Colombia one often encounters shrines with car headlights around them. It seems that the majority of them are along the twisting mountain roads where sometimes the geological conditions are such that the road just drops away. Truck and bus drivers are known to stop and light a candle. […]

10 Things Many People do not Know About Colombia

May 2015 1 – World’s largest gold museum – The Museo del Oro in Bogotá has a collection of more than 20,000 pieces of gold from before the invasion of the Spanish. These are the pieces that the indigenous wore and used. Early visitors to the area saw and then came back to get any […]

Naked Simon Bolivar & Sex Stops Violence

May 2015 Michael: I turned to my wife to make sure I’d heard her correctly. She repeated, “You’re going to see naked Simon Bolivar.” This was my first trip to the coffee growing region of Colombia known as Eje Cafetero. Simon Bolivar I knew as the liberator of the country. He fought to take the […]