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 […]

Colombian Picada at a No-Name Restaurant

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

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

St. Honoré coffee shop Chia, Colombia

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

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

Colombia restaurant Expat Bogotá

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

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

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

St. Honoré coffee shop Chia, Colombia

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 […]

Trattoria de La Plaza – Where Bogotanos Experience Italian Cuisine

Colombia restaurant Expat Bogotá

**Michael: “What I love is it is in a neighborhood no one would expect to find it,” said the person who invited us. I then asked Georgio how he found the place. “I like to look for these places that have a speakeasy feel to them.” The restaurant seems out of place in an area dominated […]

Mi experiencia con la solicitud de Visa de Visitante para viajar a Australia

Febrero 2016 Michael fue quien me incentivò a escribir acerca de còmo hacer para aplicar a la visa Australiana de visitante (turismo) con el fin de ayudar a quienes tienen que hacerlo para ir a ese paìs. Todo comenzò el año pasado cuando decidimos que en el 2016 irìamos a visitar a mi hijo menor […]

Our Furniture Purchasing Experience in Bogotá, Colombia

February 2016 Michael: When a husband hears, “We need new living room and dining room furniture,” there exists limited options. But once the words have exited the wife’s mouth your best response is “Si mi amor”(Yes, my love) and try for the best deal you can get. Graciela: Sometimes I believe men really do not […]

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 […]

Photo of the Week – Prohibido Sign in Zipaquirá

January 2016 Michael: It seems that at least once a week I see a man utilizing a tree, bush, pole or wall that has been recommended by a dog. The sign giving warning of  a fine for public urination is the first one seen in my many years living in the country. I found  this particular […]

Chez Moi Coffee Shop en Chia Despliega Sus Talentos Culinarios

Enero 2016 Michael: Hay simplemente “pan” y hay “pan artesanal”. En este ùltimo grupo solamente unos pocos estàn en la cima del juego. Ahora uno de ellos abriò un coffee shop en Chia, Colombia. En nuestros diarias salidas, terminamos en la avenida llamada Chilacos en la pequeña comunidad a las afueras de Bogotà. Varias entradas […]

Chez Moi Coffee Shop in Chia Displays the Owner’s Culinary Talents

January 2016 There is bread, then there is pan artesanal  (artisan bread). Among those in the art group there are a few at the top of the game. Now one of them opened a coffee shop in Chia, Colombia. Daily errands took us down the street known as Avenida Chilacos in the small town outside […]

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 – Espectacular o no?

Enero 2016 Graciela: “Espectacular” dijo la señora luego de que le preguntàramos su opiniòn acerca de este centro comercial. Durante los fines de semana y la època de navidad siempre estuvo lleno de visitantes. Michael: Mi esposa y yo estuvimos allì el dia de la inauguraciòn en octubre, 2015 cuando hicimos nuestro primer reporte. Varios […]

DPASO Cafè y Bakery – un Oasis de Coffee Shop en el Centro Comercial Fontanar

enero 2016 Graciela: Todo lucia perfecto pero la pregunta en mi mente cuando vi que ofrecian eclairs fue “serà su sabor perfecto tambièn?” mi boca se saboreò. La crema de chocolate adentro en contacto con mi paladar, fue totalmente exitoso. En el 2013 mientras estaba en Singapur, encontrè el mejor eclair de chocolate. Desde ese […]

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 […]